ISO 9001:2015 achieved at the Global Technical Centre

We’re thrilled to announce the renewal of our ISO 9001:2015 certificate for the company’s Quality Management System (QMS). A reminder of our approach and commitment to Quality Management.

The ISO 9001:2015 standard outlines a framework for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and enhancing a Quality Management System (QMS), ensuring we consistently deliver products and services that meet the needs of our customers and regulatory bodies. The ISO standard is globally acknowledged as the benchmark for quality management. The assessment of our QMS and processes was awarded by Intertek, an independent assessor.

Chris Cafferty, our Head of Quality, shared;

“Earning the ISO 9001:2015 recertification validates our position as a reliable partner, highlighting our robust quality management systems. Though it only applies to the Global Technical Centre, our goal is to unify all sites under this standard, enhancing efficiency and ensuring consistent compliance across the board.

It’s also great to announce that our HR Department has been awarded a ‘best practice’ badge for their excellence in ‘awareness and training’. Congratulations to everyone for your efforts.” In line with our pledge to “Deliver Results”, this milestone reminds us of our promise to consistently meet our commitments, building trust and strong relationships with our customers, colleagues, and stakeholders.

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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‘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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Briggs boosts Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) score through our Sustainability programme

As part of Briggs of Burton’s strategy and its Sustainability Programme ‘Process & Progress’, the company has been awarded a ‘B’ rating for its 2022 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) submission.

This highlights a significant improvement from our 2021 application. Our team are committed to building on this achievement and expects to further reduce its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions across our operations through various investments made during 2023. 

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is a non-profit organisation that manages the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states, and regions to report and control their environmental impacts. The improved rating is attributed to engagement with our customers, a greater understanding of our supply chain emissions, and the implementation of new sustainability management processes.

Improving corporate awareness through measurement and disclosure is essential to the effective management of climate change risk. CDP’s climate change questionnaire collects climate-related data from the world’s largest companies. Since its launch in 2002, the questionnaire has helped thousands of companies to measure their impacts, set ambitious targets and demonstrate progress for key stakeholders.

Fundamentally, our largest impact towards sustainability is with our customers, through their processes and operations. Our team are delighted to be supporting companies such as GlenAllachie Distillery with the implementation of High-Temperature Heat Pumps, with the application of Mechanical Vapour Recompression (MVR) on their Wash stills to help reduce their energy usage and carbon footprint. Read More here: THE GLENALLACHIE DISTILLERY AWARDED GRANT FOR DECARBONISATION PROJECT – The GlenAllachie Distillery

We expect to further improve our rating next year due to the investments made to reduce operational emissions during 2023. 

The actions we’ve taken

Global Technical Centre
  • Replacement of the gas heating system in the office with air source heat pumps including domestic water heating not only reduces our energy usage but allows this to be carbon-free energy through our tariff
  • Replacement and installation to current insulation code of office roof, reducing heat loss
  • Pharmaceutical Systems Assembly (PSA) facility built to new standards including air-source heat pumps for heating
  • New insulated roller shutter door to production space to reduce heat loss
  • LED lighting replacement across offices
  • Solar panel installation
  • Access to five electric car charging points with a further four to be installed
  • One acre of wildflower meadow installed together with native hedging and trees around the site boundaries
  • Showers installed for both office and production to encourage alternative transport methods to work
  • Cycle-to-work scheme and electric car incentives offered to all employees
McMillan Coppersmiths and Fabricators
  • Recladding and insulation of factory
  • Heating upgraded to air-source heat pumps across the office
  • Double-glazed windows to replace single glazing
  • Solar panel installation
  • Car charge point soon to be installed
  • Cycle-to-work scheme and electric car incentives offered to all employees

You can read more about our sustainability programme here.

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Briggs welcomes the IChemE to our Global Technical Centre

This week at our Global Technical Centre, we hosted members from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Midlands Member Group (MMG). It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase #LifeAtBriggs.

Our Sales, Engineering, and Manufacturing teams came together to share how they developed a career in Process Engineering delivering a range of projects globally. The members were impressed with the impact we make in producing everything from Whisky to life saving inhalers.

An integral part of the event was the opportunity to hear first-hand from our engineers about their career development journey. These sessions provided invaluable insights into various career paths within the process engineering industry and the unique experiences that have shaped our team members’ professional growth. The MMG also had the opportunity to visit our production areas including our brand-new Pharmaceutical Systems Assembly (PSA) facility.

You can find out more about the IChemE here.


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 welcome the English Whiskey Guild (EWG) to the Global Technical Centre.

Many thanks to the The English Whisky Guild (EWG) for choosing our Global Technical Centre in Burton-Upon-Trent for its inaugural meeting of the Guild’s Founding Associate Members.
It was great to meet up with both the Guild distillery and Associate members to discuss the shape of the English Whisky Industry and opportunities to collaboratively build and grow the sector.

The EWG represents a range of distilleries, both large and small reflecting the industry’s breadth. You can find out more about what they do here.

Along with Briggs, other Founding Associate Members of the EWG include: Ad Gefrin Distillery, East London Liquor Company, Henstone Distillery, The Cotswold Distilling Company, White Peak Distillery, The Lakes Distillery, The Spirit of Manchester, The Oxford Artisan Distillery, Spirit of Yorkshire, Howdens, Ellis IP, Close Brothers, Ranking Cork, Cooper King, and Simpsons Malt.

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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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