The Institute of Brewing & Distilling has achieved chartered status

We are delighted to announce that the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) has been granted chartered status.

From 1st January 2024, when the Institute will be incorporated as a chartered organisation, the IBD will be named the Chartered Institute of Brewers and Distillers.

Becoming a Chartered body is the highest accolade that an institution can receive. It demonstrates confidence that the Institute is a competent professional body and reflects the importance of brewing and distilling as respected professions.

Chartered status for brewers and distillers will bring significant benefits to the industry and the sectors by providing a recognisable mark of quality and setting standards of professionalism and performance. It will lead to the development of a group of professionals who demonstrate excellence in the profession, and provide the opportunity to develop the best talent in the industry to address its global needs for qualified and assured brewing and distilling professionals.

The process to achieve this chartered status started four years ago with an initial internal and external consultation with other drinks industry bodies and technical learning providers. Having been granted the chartership status, the Institute will now make its transition to become incorporated as a chartered organisation on the 1st of January 2024 and will begin the development process to offer members a pathway to becoming Chartered Professionals.

On this announcement, Tom Shelston, IBD Chief Executive Officer, comments:

“Chartership brings the highest accolade for professionals working within our industry, providing rightful recognition and respect of the science and art of brewing and distilling across the globe. The new chartered status will help us create a united and connected fellowship of likeminded professionals committed to their continued development in pursuit of mastering their profession”.

Bhavya Mandanna, IBD President, explains:

“The industry continues to evolve with emergent entrepreneurialism, innovation and globalisation driving up the technical and practical knowledge requirements across categories and countries. But, globally the industry lacks a consistently recognised and respected professional title. This is what the IBD is trying to solve with the chartership. Our charitable objective is the advancement of education in our industries, which will not change. The chartership will help us reinforce our focus on supporting individuals to progress in their professional careers more than ever before and that professional development will be increasingly linked to the company and industry success.”