THE HISTORY OF DESTILLA

GENUINE PRODUCTS SINCE 1969

Since its founding in 1969, Destilla has produced flavors and extracts of the highest quality. We’ve grown organically, continuously modernized our production processes and expanded our product portfolio.

Today the Destilla brand tagline, “The Essence of Nature,” reflects how we think and act every day. From the traditional art of distillery to innovative flavor compositions, we bring together tradition and modernity, technology and sustainability ‒ and people with the purest, most natural and genuine products.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOOD TASTE

In 1969, Destilla was founded in Nördlingen by Erika and Franz Latka as “Destilla-Essenzen GmbH & Co. KG.”

The company grew rapidly, thanks to the profound expertise acquired by Mr. Latka over his many years as a chemist and distiller in the flavor industry both in Germany and abroad.

Only one year later, Destilla-Essenzen moved to the Kleinerdlingen neighborhood to new premises, which continued to expand.

DESTILLA ARRIVES ON THE INTERNATIONALLY SCENE

In the context of the succession plan, the company was renamed “Destilla Aromen GmbH,” 25 years after its founding. Renata Thienel (née Latka) and Armin Thienel took over the reins of the company in 1994 and have since established it internationally.

In the year 2000, this led to an enormous jump in activity. The Latka GmbH & Co. KG real estate management company, also owned by the family of Renata and Armin Thienel, responded to this growth by erecting a brand-new building complex and refurbished the existing Destilla buildings. It was in this context that the company was also given its present name: Destilla GmbH.

THE FUTURE MOVES IN

Destilla’s successful expansion policy led to the construction of a modern logistics and administration building as well as the expansion of the development, production and quality assurance departments in 2005.

For extraction process technology to remain state of the art, a new extraction facility was built in 2010. Around 1.5 million euros were invested in the facility. Destilla will continue to invest in new facilities and buildings. April 2017 saw a ground-breaking ceremony for a new site in Nördlingen.

TOMORROW’S FLAVOR TRENDS

The new company headquarters are currently being built in the new “Am Steinernen Mann” industrial park. At this new location, 80 percent of the required energy will be obtained from renewable energy sources such as solar modules, and it will be connected to the district heating grid. Completion is planned for the fourth quarter of 2018.