Consumer & Retail
Distil's primary activities are the development, marketing and selling of a portfolio of proprietary alcoholic spirit brands. The company is in essence a brand incubator within the global spirits industry. Distil markets and sell its brands in a number of international markets including the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Russia and Australia. Its leading brands are RedLeg Spiced Rum and Blackwoods Gin, both of which comprise several product variants. Other group brands include Blackwoods Vodka, Diva Vodka and Blavod Black Vodka, the latter made under licence in Europe. The latest portfolio addition is a range of vodkas distilled with real fruits and botanicals, with a lower ABV (alcohol by volume) strength of 30%, under the TRØVE brand.
Distil's strategy is focused on the high value-added development and incubation of its premium owned brands, with the manufacture of its liquids outsourced to third-party producers. These brands are marketed domestically and internationally, with a view to attracting commercial interest from larger industry players. Distil delivers growth through two principal routes, namely increasing the distribution of existing products (through both on-trade and off-trade channels) and new product development (NPD). Distil's NPD activities take several forms: the creation of a new spirit/brand; the introduction of new flavour variants within a brand; new packaging/formulations. The best example of the latter is Distil’s collaboration with Franklin & Sons to produce canned, pre-mixed drinks of its spirits with Franklin’s mixers for the Ready to Drink (RTD) market segment.
Distil delivered a strong final quarter (Q4) for the FY22E financial year to end March 2022, as anticipated […]
Distil’s trading update continues to reflect the impact of distortions from Covid-related lockdowns and consumer stockpiling. The company […]
Distil faced very tough sales comparatives in H1 against the exceptional prior year performance (+128%), driven by the […]
Distil has delivered a positive start to the FY22E year with both revenues and volumes posting good growth […]
Distil has delivered a strong set of results in FY21 despite the unprecedented challenges thrown up by the […]
Distil’s full-year trading update for FY21 bears witness to strong sales and EBITDA growth, despite the challenges presented […]
In its key trading quarter, Distil has delivered a strong year-on-year revenue increase of 22%, despite 2020’s relatively […]
Distil has reported an impressive H1 performance against a backdrop of volatility and other challenges resulting from the […]
Distil delivered a solid trading performance in FY20, despite uncertainties caused by the impact of external events in […]
Distil has published its Q4 trading update, confirming a strong finish to FY20E and outperforming the wider UK […]
Distil has performed strongly in its core Q3 trading period covering October to December despite a backdrop of […]
Company Management Team
Don joined the Distil Board mid 2010 as Non-Executive Director moving to Non-Executive Chairman in February 2011 and Executive Chairman in November 2011. Previously held both UK and international senior management roles with Diageo including Managing Director Diageo UK from 1998, following five years in Spain as Managing Director UD Iberia (Diageo) other roles included positions based in various overseas markets and Global Brand Boards for Smirnoff and Tanqueray-Gordon and Chairman of The Portman Group.
Shaun joined the Distil Board in 2015 as part time Finance Director. He is a qualified chartered accountant, corporate financier and CFO with over 18 years lead advisory and main board experience. He has particular expertise in bringing companies to AIM and the Main Market. Shaun has previously held advisory roles at PwC, Evolution Securities, BDO and HSBC Investment Banking and has also recently served as CFO to two venture backed International Life Science companies.