THE HISTORY OF DESTILLA
Genuine products since 1969
Since its founding in 1969, Destilla has produced flavours 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 flavour compositions, we bring together tradition and modernity, technology and sustainability ‒ and people with the purest, most natural and genuine products.
The company grew rapidly, thanks to the profound expertise acquired by Mr. Latka over his many years as a chemist and distiller in the flavour industry both in Germany and abroad. Only one year later, Destilla-Essenzen moved to the Kleinerdlingen neighborhood to new premises.
Then as now, the focus is on supreme quality and accuracy. By continuing to develop and optimize our formulas, we have become one of the world’s leading providers of natural taste solutions for the food and beverage industry but also for our own flavour industry.
Our internationalization is strongly based on close cooperation with partner companies around the world that actively support us. Our first partnerships date back to the end of the 1990s. Today, Destilla can proudly look back on their cooperation with 20 partners from all continents of the world.
Destilla is growing: this year, not only some new colleagues but also the first trainees will be starting their careers as distillers and industry business management assistants. Training our own specialist staff has proven effective to this day and now comprises seven training professions and three dual study courses.
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. With Matthias Thienel in 2013, the third generation joined the company.
With their new exhibition concept, Destilla was present at the Food Ingredients Europe trade fair in Frankfurt again for the first time since 2001. Their stronger presence at trade fairs both within and outside Germany is part of their expansion strategy.
Since 2017 the new company location has been set up in the new industrial area “Am Steinernen Mann”. The new construction generates 80 % of the energy needed from renewable energy sources such as solar modules and is connected to the district heating system.
This year does not only mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Destilla is also celebrating fifty fantastic years according to the slogan “Time for gratitude”. With Katharina Hämmerle (née Thienel) having joined the company, the third generation is now complete.