Distill Ventures snaps up BrewDog boss as European MD

Diageo-backed investment unit Distill Ventures has hired former BrewDog executive Gareth Bath as its European managing director. As managing director for Europe, Bath will boost Distill Ventures’ “ability to provide founders with access to the highest calibre support in the industry”. He will also help them to “sharpen their commercial edge” while they maintain their freedom as leaders. Bath will also ensure the company is at the forefront of industry trends as it continues to…

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Distill Ventures expands US team with brand search role

Diageo-owned investment unit Distill Ventures has added Gregorio Santiago Braga to its North American team as brand search and accelerator executive. Based in New York, Santiago Braga will hunt for the “brightest, most innovative” entrepreneurs across the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks categories in the US. He will also work closely with Distill Ventures’ existing portfolio of founders “to nurture and scale their drinks brands”. In addition, Santiago Braga will network at trade shows and ensure…

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Distill Ventures hires portfolio director

Diageo-owned accelerator programme Distill Ventures has expanded its senior team with the appointment of Ara Carvallo as portfolio director. In her new role, Carvallo will help Distill Ventures’ portfolio companies to access European markets, assist with commercial planning, provide market insight and on-the-ground support. Based in Amsterdam, Carvallo will source new investment opportunities as the firm continues to seek European spirits, apéritif brands and non-alcoholic brands. Carvallo brings more than 20 years’ experience to Distill…

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The world whisky brands to watch in 2019

It’s been an exciting 12 months for whisky-producing regions outside of Scotland, Ireland and the US with an array of new and innovative products. We present the brands that are set to shine in 2019. Although Scotch, Irish and American whisk(e)y may grab all the headlines, 2018 was the year other whisky-producing regions began shouting about their products. Nigel Mills, CEO and co-­founder of England’s Lakes Distillery, says: “World whisky has higher rates of sales…

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