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Diageo Acquires Majority Stake in World’s First Distilled Non-alcoholic Spirit

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Diageo Acquires Majority Stake in World’s First Distilled Non-alcoholic Spirit

Diageo Acquires Majority Stake in World’s First Distilled Non-alcoholic Spirit
August 12
11:53 2019

Diageo has acquired a significant majority shareholding in Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits brand. Seedlip was launched by Ben Branson in 2015 to solve the dilemma of ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking®’.

In June 2016, Seedlip announced a minority investment from the Diageo-backed accelerator programme Distill Ventures. Independently run, Distill Ventures receives funding from Diageo to support entrepreneurs as they launch and grow innovative drinks brands. Seedlip is the first non-alcoholic brand acquired by Diageo through Distill Ventures.

In the last three and a half years, Seedlip has grown to establish a presence in more than 25 countries. Seedlip’s three variants (Spice 94, Garden 108 and Grove 42) are stocked in over 7,500 of the world’s best bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers, including the majority of the world’s 50 best cocktail bars and over 300 Michelin Star restaurants.

John Kennedy, President Europe, Turkey and India at Diageo, says: “Seedlip is a game-changing brand in one of the most exciting categories in our industry. Ben is an outstanding entrepreneur and has created a brand that has truly raised the bar for the category. We’re thrilled to continue working with him to grow what we believe will be a global drinks giant of the future.”

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