Entrepreneur and inspirational speaker, Ben Branson, is the Founder of Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits. An invention he successfully took from his kitchen to 40 countries. It featured in the world’s best bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers in less than 4 years before selling the majority to the world’s biggest premium spirits company, Diageo.
With an industry respected branding and design guru father and 320 years of farming on his mother’s side, Ben spent his career working with entrepreneurs and some of the world’s biggest brands. [Nike, Moet & Chandon, Innocent]
In 2013 Ben was researching more ingredients to grow at home which led him to the long-forgotten distilled non-alcoholic herbal remedies found in “The Art of Distillation” – published in 1651 documenting an array of forgotten flavour profiles without sugars or artificial ingredients. He began experimenting with a small copper still and herbs from his garden and over 2 years the opportunity to solve the dilemma of ‘what do you drink when you’re not drinking alcohol’ was revealed. Consequently, almost as if his life’s path had led him to this point, Ben married his family’s farming heritage, branding prowess and understanding of the luxury lifestyle market to create Seedlip, the world’s number 1 selling non-alcoholic spirit.
Ben is fully media-trained & has featured in international press across tv, radio, print, podcast. Appearances/articles include: WIRED, MONOCLE, MARKETING WEEK, ADWEEK CAMPAIGN, BBC NEWS, BBC ONE, SKY NEWS, NEW YORK TIMES, FORBES, LE MONDE, RABOBANK, STARTUP GRIND, DESERT ISLAND DISHES
Top 100 World’s Most Influential Bar Figure – Drinks International ’19, ’20, ‘21
Ben has delivered over 2000 talks in more than 20 countries on topics including: Entrepreneurship, Nature, Flavour & Design. Presentations include SXSW [US], DO LECTURES, BERLIN BAR SHOW [GERMANY], COUTTS, DIAGEO, TALES OF THE COCKTAIL [US]. Plus COCA COLA, NESTLE WATERS, TERROIR SYMPOSIUM [CANADA].
“Inspired by Ben Branson’s talk at the Food & Drink Innovation UK event” Billy Ing, Head Trends & Futures Team Ipsos Mori.