The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the largest global provider of wine, spirit and sake qualifications, is delighted to announce a partnership with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the US spirits industry’s leading voice and advocate. In a reciprocal agreement, DISCUS becomes a WSET Silver Patron and WSET becomes a DISCUS Partner Member.
As a Silver Corporate Patron, DISCUS joins a growing list of high-profile organisations in the trade who have partnered with WSET in recognition of its vital role in the global wine and spirits industry. WSET’s Corporate Patrons programme provides funding to help the organisation develop its world-class courses and qualifications, as well as its online global campus and professional membership body for graduates. The programme also helps organisations add value to their own business by maximising the benefits of training and giving them access to WSET’s global network of professionals and enthusiasts.
Through the partner membership programme, DISCUS will provide WSET with opportunities to connect with spirits industry leaders to exchange thoughts, resources and expertise, and provide support regarding the critical issues that impact the industry at large. DISCUS intends to run a WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits course for all DISCUS members prior to the organisation’s inaugural conference taking place 17-19 February 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ian Harris, WSET Chief Executive, says, “We’re honoured to welcome such an influential body as DISCUS to our international Corporate Patrons network. As one of our largest and fastest growing business areas, the US is of vital strategic importance to WSET. We look forward to working with DISCUS and supporting each other in achieving our business goals.”
Chris R. Swonger, DISCUS President and CEO, added, “We want to thank WSET for joining us as a partner member. Their participation and support make the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States stronger and more effective in advancing policies that benefit the spirits industry, its employees and its consumers.”