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STOCK S.R.L. (STOCK ITALIA) IS ONE OF THE BEST-KNOWN, HISTORICAL DRINKS COMPANIES IN ITALY, FOUNDED IN 1884. PART OF THE STOCK SPIRITS GROUP, WE OFFER A HIGH-QUALITY RANGE OF EUROPEAN BRANDED DRINKS AVAILABLE LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.

Stock Italia is known for its classic brands such as Grappa Julia, Stock Original, Gran Gala and Stock 84. It has also successfully introduced new products that target younger consumers while retaining the traditional quality for which it is renowned. These new brands include Keglevich, launched in 1963, a world market leader in both the vodka and fruit-flavoured vodka categories, and Limoncè, a lemon-based liqueur, which has transformed a home-made regional drink into a very popular national and international brand.

Stock Italia offers its clients a range of products manufactured by the group, together with internationally known brands for which it acts as the Italian distributor. It covers all major drinks segments, from vodka to brandy, lemon spirit to grappa, and rum and traditional liqueurs to sparkling wines.

Stock Italia supports and actively promotes responsible drinking.

Find out more about our responsible drinking programmes.

History

The story begins in Trieste. In 1884, Lionello Stock, eighteen years old and from Dalmatia, opened a small steam distillery with his partner, Carlo Camis, in the district of Barcola.

His aim was simple: to distil the wines of neighbouring areas. At that time, they were highly sought after by the French for the production of cognac when late blight destroyed the harvest of the Charente.

This product became "Cognac Stock Medicinal." Later, in 1935, the company extended its range with "1884 Cognac Fine Champagne" which, through minor modifications of the label became, in 1955, "Brandy Stock 84", the leading product of the Stock Italia company.

At the end of the First World War, the Stock Italia company was well-known in Trieste and establishing its presence into neighbouring countries. New factories were built in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Yugoslavia. Other outlets were established outside Europe including distilleries in Egypt, Palestine, the United States and Brazil.

The heart of the business, however, remained in the centre of Europe, and it built its success on a combination of product quality and the systematic application of new business methods including marketing and advertising.

The Second World War and its aftermath destroyed much that had been achieved. Some of the most important factories situated in Eastern Europe, were nationalised. Others had been destroyed in the War.

In 1948 the Company’s founder, Lionello Stock, died, and a new company emerged, building on experience to overcome the difficulties of the post-war period.

Stock Italia built its revival around brandy. In the 1950s and 60s, the company re-established its reputation as a world class manufacturer, with products distributed in 125 countries. Then the company introduced new products, building a range which soon included vodka, whisky, grappa, bitters, gin and sweet liqueurs.

In May 1995, Stock Italia was bought up by Eckes AG, a leading German company specialising in the production and distribution of alcoholic drinks and fruit juices. In its turn this company was later owned by the investment company, Oaktree Capital Management, as part of their goal to build a major branded drinks company in central Europe.

In early 2009, Stock Italia moved its commercial staff from its historic head office in Trieste to new offices in Milan.

Our heritage

Going back more than 100 years

1884
1884

Camis & Stock founded in 1884 by Lionello Stock in Trieste, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and subsequently Italy

1906
1906

Polmos Lublin founded in Poland

Operations expanded across Italy and into the Czech Republic and Austria

1920
1920

One of the largest companies of its kind in Europe by the 1920s

1927
1927

Start of Fernet Stock production in Czech Republic

1939
1939

Established an outpost in New York in 1939

1948
1948

Polmos Lublin company nationalised under Communist government

Camis & Stock company was nationalised and incorporated into the associated distilleries and vinegar factories in Prague

1950
1950

The flagship brand Żołądkowa Gorzka was created

1991
1991

Camis & Stock became an independent joint stock company

2001
2001

Polmos Lublin privatised by Polish government

2006
2006

Oaktree Capital Management acquire Polmos Lublin

2007
2007

Oaktree Capital Management acquires Eckes & Stock and its businesses in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and the US

2008
2008

Merger of Polmos Lublin and Eckes & Stock to create Stock Spirits Group

Stock Spirits Group  becomes the number one spirits company in Poland

2009
2009

Stock establishes own distribution businesses in Croatia and Bosnia  & Herzegovina

Żołądkowa de Luxe and 1906 declared the two fastest growing vodka brands in the world

2010
2010

Lubelska declared fastest growing liqueurs brand in the world

2012
2012

Acquisition of Imperator in Slovakia

Acquisition of German distillery assets

2013
2013

Shares listed on the London Stock Exchange

Distribution agreement for Czech Republic signed with Diageo

Distribution agreements for Poland, Croatia and Bosnia signed with Beam Suntory

Completion of €3 million investment in Stock Polska manufacturing plant

2014
2014

Celebration of 130th annivarsary with the launch of Special Edition Stock Prestige

2015
2015

Opened new, purpose built Lublin-based logistics centre

2016
2016

Acquisition of Nordic Ice vodka, Prazka vodka & Dynybyl gin from Bohemia Sekt s.r.o.

Distribution agreement for Italy & Slovakia signed with Distell International

2017
2017

Acquisition of 25% equity interest in Quintessential Ireland Whiskey Ltd

Distribution agreement for Slovakia signed with Beam Suntory

Distribution agreement for UK signed with Distell International

2019
2019

Acquisition of Bartida in the Czech Republic

Acquisition of Distillerie Franciacorta in Italy

Distribution agreement for Italy signed with Beam Suntory