(Bruce Schreiner – Associated Press)
Concerned that global trade disputes could escalate — with Kentucky bourbon makers caught in the crosshairs — the industry has invited whiskey associations from across the world to discuss ways to defuse the conflicts.
Representatives from eight whiskey trade groups will meet next week in Louisville, Kentucky Distillers’ Association President Eric Gregory said Thursday. The goal is to forge a united strategy in making their case to world leaders in promoting free and fair trade, he said.
“We’re all one big world whiskey family, and it’s time for us to ... communicate directly and hopefully we can speak with a unified voice,” Gregory told a state legislative panel.
Participants will include groups representing the Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky industries as well as spirits producers in Japan, Canada and Europe, Gregory said in a release. The group will meet July 25 and July 26, he said. Click here to read more.