The distilling industry is experiencing significant changes in 2024, influenced by evolving consumer preferences, sustainability efforts, and economic factors. Our team of experts offers valuable insights into the current trends and challenges shaping the industry. Here's what they have to say:


Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Sales Boom and Operational Adjustments

Dana, Distillery Design Manager

Trend: No surprise here—RTD sales have been growing rapidly over the last few years and are extremely popular. This surge in demand is prompting distilleries newer to this game to consider navigating this space with major brewing partners. For those further along in this space, the focus is on maximizing existing capacities, requiring long-term operational considerations to sustain growth and profitability.

dana-zausch-circle-2023Expert Insight: "We always tell our clients that it's crucial to start with thorough assessments and think about comprehensive master planning as a foundation for long-term capacity and capital planning. It's not just about quick fixes; it's about looking at the big picture and planning for the future. To really tackle this, you need a strategic, multidisciplinary approach. That means bringing together a team of experts from different fields right from the start. By collaborating from the get-go, we can effectively address all the complexities and come up with sustainable, long-term solutions. It's all about leveraging everyone's expertise to ensure we're not just patching things up but building something that lasts and thrives."


Zeroing in on Waste and Commitment to Sustainability

Kyle, Senior Project Manager

Trend: Sustainability continues to be a significant trend across distillery brands, and it's here to stay. 

kyle-spurgeon-circle-2024Expert Insight: "We're helping our clients discover new ways to strengthen their brands, save energy, and run more efficiently by embracing sustainable design. It's all about reducing waste and integrating eco-friendly practices into every part of the distilling process. This isn't just about going green; it's about smart business. When we cut down on waste and use resources more wisely, it translates to significant cost savings over time. Plus, it really boosts the brand's reputation. Customers love knowing that the companies they support are committed to environmental stewardship. So, we're not just talking about sustainability; we're making it a key part of the business strategy, benefiting both the planet and the bottom line."

Navigating Higher-Than-Expected Cost Estimates

Jeff, Director Distilled Spirits Design Studio

Trend: Inflation has undoubtedly impacted the building industry, leading to higher-than-expected project costs. But what can be done about it? Not all construction cost proposals are created equal, and understanding the nuances that differentiate them is crucial.

jeff-moneypenny-circleExpert Insight: "Managing design and construction cost proposals effectively means you need a solid strategy that brings together a team of experts from architecture, engineering, and planning. It's not just about crunching numbers; it's about understanding the nuances that can affect costs. We make sure to identify any outliers and leverage the experience of estimators and contractors that understand the market. By working collaboratively, we can get much closer to the actual costs. This team-based approach helps us spot potential risks and foresee any unexpected issues, making the whole project run much more smoothly."

Last Drop

The distilling industry is at a pivotal point, with growing demand for RTD products, a strong focus on sustainability, and the challenge of rising construction costs. By adopting strategic, multidisciplinary approaches, distilleries can navigate these trends effectively and position themselves for long-term success. Our team of experts is here to guide you through these changes, ensuring that your operations are optimized, sustainable, and cost-efficient.



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