‘Icons of Whisky’ Celebrates Laizhou Distillery

We’re excited to share Laizhou Distillery, owned by Shanghai Bacchus Liquor Co. Ltd., took home four major awards at this year’s Icons of Whisky Awards in Shenzhen, China.

The ‘Icons of Whisky’, a subsidiary of the globally recognised ‘Whisky Magazine,’ invited leading whisky experts, leaders of the China Alcoholic Drinks Association, and industry leaders like Briggs of Burton to promote and celebrate the emergence of Chinese Whisky. Briggs in partnership with our parent company CLPT were lead sponsors of the event. This was a great opportunity for Briggs’ brand to be recognised amongst major distilled spirits producers in attendance who are either building or planning to expand their presence in China. It was great to see, Rob Buxton, our CEO attend the event and personally award Laizhou Distillery the Sustainable Distillery of the Year, a moment of pride and recognition of our partnership in helping them build their impressive distillery.

Laizhou Distillery picked up the following awards:

  • Distiller of the Year – Sponsored by CLPT Branch Briggs
  • Sustainable Distillery of the Year – Sponsored by CLPT Branch Briggs
  • World Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year
  • Innovative Brand of the Year

Briggs of Burton’s Impact

The Laizhou Distillery project was delivered by Briggs of Burton with the support of the wider CLPT Group. From traditional copper pot stills manufactured and shipped from McMillan Coppersmiths to locally manufactured stainless-steel tanks supplied by CLPT China. We built a new Greenfield distillery project located in Qionglai in the Province of Chengdu, China. Briggs of Burton have designed, engineered, and commissioned this distillery to produce a range of distilled spirits, many for Shanghai Bacchus Company’s RIO branded Ready-To-Drinks (RTD) cocktails:

•Malt Whisky

•Grain Whisky

•Bourbon style grain whisky

•Grain Neutral Spirit (GNS)

•Vodka

Laizhou Distillery is a first of its kind in China, and at full production it positions the distillery in the Top 10 Grain Whisky producers in the world challenging major Grain distilleries in Scotland and Kentucky.

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Congratulations to Alex Adams-Waite on achieving Distinction in IBD Examination

Alex Adams-Waite (Graduate Process Engineer, Technical Sales) has successfully completed a comprehensive six-month course with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), earning a well-deserved Distinction in the General Certificate in Distilling (GCD). This achievement was realised through an examination, signifying a substantial step in Alex’s professional accreditation within the distilling industry.

Balancing this certification alongside his responsibilities at Briggs, Alex shared insights into the IBD that shape the distilling landscape. The GCD not only imparts a profound understanding of core distillation processes but also applies them within the broader framework of the distilled spirits industry. Alex emphasised the diverse range of raw materials, from grains for whisky to agave for tequila and molasses for rum. The programme explores fermentation theory, maturation processes, and quality considerations, offering a holistic perspective on the industry’s intricate processes.

When asked about the application of this new knowledge in the workplace, Alex expressed that it is primarily for awareness. Whether addressing client enquiries or discussing the base ingredients, the certification equips him with a deeper understanding of the distilled spirits industry processes as a whole. Looking toward the future, Alex has ambitious plans for further education and professional development activities within the distilled spirits sector.

Congratulations once again Alex on this fantastic achievement. 

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Briggs Pharma team pick up Supplier of the Year Award

Briggs of Burton received the ‘Supplier of the Year’ award at the ISPE United Kingdom Affiliate Ltd Dinner in Coventry. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam presented it amid 500 industry influencers, affirming our global support to pharmaceutical manufacturers.

This award is a testament to our dedication in supporting pharmaceutical manufacturers globally. At Briggs of Burton we take pride in our role of designing, engineering, and constructing bespoke pharmaceutical systems and skids all from our purpose-built Pharmaceutical Systems Assembly facility in Burton on Trent.

A huge thank you to the ISPE United Kingdom Affiliate Ltd for considering us as worthy winners.

About Briggs of Burton

If you have eaten or drunk it there is a chance that Briggs of Burton has helped to produce it.

Briggs are the engineers behind supplying the equipment, engineering and automation to the world’s largest food, alcoholic beverage, and pharmaceutical manufacturers

Today Briggs employs over 300 colleagues across six sites in the UK, Scotland, USA, Mexico, China, and Australia. The team deliver turnkey engineering projects for leading household brands covering North America, Europe, Central America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Briggs’ benefits from a global network of stainless-steel manufacturing facilities, including their own located in Burton on Trent and Prestonpans, Scotland.

Briggs are actively developing sustainable engineering solutions, focusing on their customer’s requirements towards carbon neutrality. 

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Briggs of Burton move to new office in Louisville, KY

Briggs of Burton, Inc., a global leader in turnkey engineering and equipment solutions for the distilled spirits industry, has moved to a new, larger space in Louisville to accommodate its growing operations. Briggs opened its first Kentucky office in 2021 with two employees and has expanded to a team of five with more engineering positions set to open in the coming year.

“The bourbon market is growing and we want to be instrumental in futureproofing its success,” said Reay Dicks, VP of Engineering for the firm’s North American operations. “This move allows us to recruit more people, and serve more Kentucky distillers looking to expand production capacity and improve sustainability in bourbon production.”

The new office is located at 10200 Linn Station Road, Suite 225, near the I-64 Hurstbourne interchange. Briggs of Burton has more than 285 years of experience in the distilled spirits industry and 40 years of operation in North America. Its significant growth in the region, including work with Beam Suntory in Kentucky, is driven by a talented and dedicated team, a rise in bourbon distillery projects, and the demand for innovative and sustainable practices. The Kentucky team can assist with any distillery project need from feasibility studies and conceptual design to detailed engineering and project management.

“Our team has the knowledge and expertise to help our customers achieve sustainability goals while maximizing their production volume,” said Kentucky Regional Sales Manager Ramiro Garza, who has extensive experience in the industry. “We’re proud to be members of the Kentucky Distillers Association and excited to continue helping Kentucky distillers deliver the best bourbon in the world.”

About Briggs of Burton

Briggs of Burton is a globally-trusted name in delivering a diverse range of expansion projects, specializing in sustainable engineering, innovative design, and traditional handcrafted copper distillation equipment. With headquarters in the United Kingdom and two U.S. offices, Briggs of Burton has worked with some of the world’s largest distilled spirits producers in bourbon, rum, whisky, scotch and tequila.

To schedule a visit at the Kentucky office or request a quote, please contact Ramiro Garza at ramiro.garza@briggsplc.com or call 502-881-1257. For more information on Briggs of Burton, visit briggsplc.com

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IMechE Food and Drink Engineering Committee Visit Briggs

Thank you to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Food and Drink Engineering Committee and Giles Hartill CEng FIMechE for visiting our Global Technical Centre last week.

George Crombie and Robert Buxton hosted the committee, providing an exclusive tour of our Global Technical Centre and Pharmaceutical Systems Assembly (PSA) facility, demonstrating our continued investment towards UK Engineering and Manufacturing.

The committee were particularly impressed by Briggs’ global reach and the positive impact they have created in the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical industries delivering large scale projects in various locations around the world offering sustainable engineering and equipment solutions to several blue chip clients.

About Briggs of Burton

If you have eaten or drunk it there is a chance that Briggs of Burton has helped to produce it.

Briggs are the engineers behind supplying the equipment, engineering and automation to the world’s largest food, alcoholic beverage, and pharmaceutical manufacturers

Today Briggs employs over 300 colleagues across six sites in the UK, Scotland, USA, Mexico, China, and Australia. The team deliver turnkey engineering projects for leading household brands covering North America, Europe, Central America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Briggs’ benefits from a global network of stainless-steel manufacturing facilities, including their own located in Burton on Trent and Prestonpans, Scotland.

Briggs are actively developing sustainable engineering solutions, focusing on their customer’s requirements towards carbon neutrality. 

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Local students join Briggs for National Manufacturing Day

Briggs welcomed over 40 students from the John Taylor Free School to its Global Technical Centre on Thursday 28th September. The event was part of Make UK’s National Manufacturing Day, a nationwide initiative to inspire and educate young people about engineering and manufacturing.

Leaders, engineers and apprentices from Briggs shared their insights and experiences with the students. They learned about Briggs’ offering, recruitment opportunities and apprenticeship scheme. Learning Unlimited and Chesterfield College also partnered with Briggs to advise the students on how to apply for opportunities and what skills and qualifications they need.

The students toured our Manufacturing facility, including our new Pharmaceutical Systems Assembly facility. They saw how Briggs designs, manufactures and delivers high-quality products and solutions for various industries.

Our lead engineers also hosted two STEM activities to challenge the students’ creativity and problem-solving skills. The first activity was building a car out of spaghetti and marshmallows. The second activity was designing and constructing straw pipelines that can transport water.

The event was a great success, with positive feedback from both the students and the teachers. One of the students said: “I really enjoyed the day and learned a lot about Briggs and engineering. I liked seeing how things are made and testing our own designs. I think I might want to be an engineer in the future.”

Briggs is proud to support National Manufacturing Day and to showcase its commitment to innovation, excellence and sustainability. We hope that by opening our doors to young people, we can inspire them to pursue a career in engineering and manufacturing, and to join us in shaping the future of our industry.

About Briggs of Burton

If you have eaten or drunk it there is a chance that Briggs of Burton has helped to produce it.

Briggs are the engineers behind supplying the equipment, engineering and automation to the world’s largest food, alcoholic beverage, and pharmaceutical manufacturers

Today Briggs employs over 300 colleagues across six sites in the UK, Scotland, USA, Mexico, China, and Australia. The team deliver turnkey engineering projects for leading household brands covering North America, Europe, Central America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. Briggs’ benefits from a global network of stainless-steel manufacturing facilities, including their own located in Burton on Trent and Prestonpans, Scotland.

Briggs are actively developing sustainable engineering solutions, focusing on their customer’s requirements towards carbon neutrality. 

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