Food & Drink Awards 2021 Page 65 LUX 2021 Food & Drink Awards Sep21174 For over 50 years, the German company, Destilla, has been stimulating our palates with its unique take on the flavours of mother nature. The company’s professionalism and appetite for ongoing development have secured its place as a global leader in the flavour industry. Collaborating with food and beverage businesses worldwide, the company placed amongst Germany’s 100 most innovative SMEs. Destilla Leading Innovators of Food Flavouring Solutions 2021 893 In 1969, Erika and Franz Latka founded Destilla by opening their first premises in Nordlingen, Bavaria. As a professional chemist and distiller working in the flavour industry, Franz had already gained profound expertise, both in Germany and internationally, before entering into the couple’s first entrepreneurial challenge. From humble beginnings the family company has grown steadily, expanding its premises at each stage. When Destilla began its production of plant extracts it laid the foundations for future success. Franz Latka’s vision of a completely natural product portfolio started to become a reality in 1985. Understanding the importance of supreme accuracy and quality ingredients, Destilla continued to thrive and grow. At the end of the 90s, the company began to form its first partnerships enabling the company to expand its reach. As one of the world’s leading providers of natural taste solutions to the food, beverage and flavour industries, today the company has 20 partners delivering its products to a global audience. Since 2017, the home of Destilla has been its purpose-built premises in the industrial area “Am Steinernen Mann”. The building features renewable energy sources including solar modules. It generates 80% of the energy required to run the plant in this way. Destilla’s flavours and essences are as pure as nature itself. The company prides itself on only using the finest handpicked organic ingredients in its products. Where possible the company uses local resources from the Swabia region. Whether you are looking to flavour, refine or enhance your product, Destilla’s range of natural flavours will elevate your product from good to great. The company works hand in hand with customers in the beverage sector, providing their expertise to makers of soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits. Destilla often collaborates with its customers to define new and exciting flavours. In the food industry, Destilla’s natural spice flavours bring added depth to sauces, oils and vinegars. And makers of sweet treats add a heaped spoonful of individuality to their products using Destilla’s range of essences and aromas. As well as the quality of its raw materials, expertise and experience, the company attributes its success to its rigorous quality control measures. Consistent controls and compliance checks ensure that Destilla can guarantee the quality of all its products all the time. Following a break of almost two years, Destilla is now starting to take part in exhibitions around the world again. The company attended Agrofood Ethiopia and Agrofood Nigeria in October this year. Delegates travelled to support local partners and present Destilla’s portfolio of flavours to visitors. As well as supporting its partners, Destilla commits to providing support to the young people of the region. Passing on knowledge and expertise to generations to come, Destilla runs its own apprenticeship programme. In September 2021, six new apprentices joined the company. In the spirit of giving back, Destilla also takes part in local community projects. In September this year, the company donated funds for the Bavarian Red Cross to replace their forest kindergarten cabin. Destilla Managing Director, Matthias Thienel, explains, “As a family business from the region, we are very concerned about the well-being of children and young people. It was a matter of the heart for us to support the nature and forest kindergarten. It’s obvious that the children enjoy being outside and exploring nature here.” We are excited to see what comes next for Destilla. Contact: [email protected] Company: Destilla Web Address: