A DISTILLED spirits industry conference is to be held in Scotland’s capital for the first time since 2008 this year, attracting speakers and delegates from across the world to discuss the sector.

The Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference (WDSC) 2020 will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) from May 25-28, it has been confirmed.

The event will focus and reflect on the expansion of the spirits industry in Scotland and further afield in recent years.

Keynote speakers are expected to be a big draw, with Ulrich Adam, director general of spiritsEUROPE, Jean-Christophe Coutures, chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers – the Scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard and owner of The Glenlivet and Ballantine’s – scheduled to take part.

Joe Arciero, chair of WDSC 2020 organising committee, said the conference is an event “not be missed” for anyone with an interest in the spirits industry.