Danish Distillers

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Det Danske Spiritus Kompagni A/S
De Danske Spritfabrikker
Industry Distilled beverages
PredecessorAalborg Privilegerede Spritfabrik
Founded1881;141 years ago (1881) in Aalborg, Denmark
Founder C. F. Tietgen
Key people
Christian Alsing (director)
Products Akvavit, bitters
Parent Anora Group

Danish Distillers (Danish : Det Danske Spiritus Kompagni known as Danish : De Danske Spritfabrikker) is a company that was headquartered in Aalborg, Denmark. Isidor Henius, the father of Max Henius, was one of the founders of a company that was acquired by Danish Distillers, which ended up owning all Danish spirits production. It has been owned by the Norwegian-based Arcus Group since 2013. To avoid a dominant position in the Danish market, Arcus had to divest the brand Brøndums Snaps (akvavit). This brand was sold to Finland's Altia group spirits producer. The brands were not reunited in 2021 when Arcus and Altia merged to form Anora Group as Altia sold Brøndums to Galatea ahead of the merger. [1] [2]

The landmark factory in Aalborg seen in 2006 Aalborg Akvavit 2006 ubt.jpeg
The landmark factory in Aalborg seen in 2006

The company is known for its Aalborg akvavits and Gammel Dansk bitter. It was established in 1881 by C. F. Tietgen. The factory is located west of the Limfjord Bridge. Completed in 1931, it was designed in Neoclassical style by the architect Alf Cock-Clausen. It is now a Danish National Heritage site. [3] The factory in Aalborg closed in April 2015 when production was moved to Norway. [2]

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  1. Kiely, Mileta (1 September 2021). "Altia and Arcus merge to become Anora". The Spirits Business . Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  2. 1 2 Vest Jensen, Esben (20 April 2015). "Endnu en "Gammel Dansk" siger farvel". Berlingske Tidende (in Danish). Retrieved 8 December 2021.
  3. "Danish Distillers" (in Danish). Agency for Culture and Palaces. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2021.

Coordinates: 57°03′14″N9°54′39″E / 57.054011°N 9.910914°E / 57.054011; 9.910914