ICFG Hong-Kong, China advises on a strategic transaction of Italian spirits

CIGP Partners has advised the shareholders of Mancino Vermouth, the fast emerging premium vermouth brand, in selling a majority stake to the group Lucano 1894, the renowned Italian amaro and spirits group.

The transaction aims at providing Mancino Vermouth with new support and expertise in further continuing its success story, while broadening the product line of Lucano 1894, especially in the on-trade channel.

Mancino Vermouth is the business idea of world-renowned barman and entrepreneur Giancarlo Mancino, who created a premium vermouth brand which rapidly became a must-have in the best bars, hotel and restaurants around the world.

The transaction sets an important achievement for Mancino Vermouth and its founder Giancarlo Mancino, as well as the beginning of an important partnership with the Vena Family, owners of Lucano 1894, based on common values, ambitions and Lucanian roots.

“We have been following Mancino Vermouth very closely and we are convinced that we can achieve new heights together. This transaction confirms that Lucano 1894 is always careful in seizing opportunities, even more so if these new businesses allow us to further widen our market presence while still preserving territorial values ​​and origins, in this case “Lucanian”. Our ambition is to become a centre of excellence in the beverage sector by welcoming in our group entrepreneurial companies sharing our same values” explained Pasquale Vena – President of the Lucano 1894 Group.

“Amaro Lucano is to me, home: a family company that has deep roots in my homeland –Lucania – and that I have proudly seen becoming the international brand it is today. This transaction is the union of two Italian companies sharing the same traditions and objectives. An acquisition that is a source of great pride for me”, commented Giancarlo Mancino – Founder of Mancino Vermouth.

About the Lucano 1894 group
Lucano 1894 is family business established in 1894, now one of the most reputable Italian companies in the production and marketing of spirits. The company’s iconic Amaro Lucano was created in Pisticci (Matera) at the end of the 19th century, thanks to the intuition of its young founder Pasquale Vena; an amaro with a balanced taste that has become a best-selling product all over the world.

Today, Lucano 1894 employs more than 50 people located in the headquarters in Milan and in the production plants in Pisticci Scalo and Vico Equense. In addition to producing the famous Amaro and other 15 spirits labels, Pisticci is also home to the company’s museum “Essenza Lucano”. Lucano 1894’s products are currently distributed in more than 30 countries around the world. The Vena family, now in its fourth generation, is still at the helm of the company, together with the support of experienced managers and consultants.

About Mancino Vermouth
Mancino Vermouth is a business initiative of world-famous barman (2x world champion mixologist) and entrepreneur Giancarlo Mancino, producing and distributing a line of 7 premium vermouth (Secco, Bianco Ambrato, Rosso Amaranto, Vecchio, Chinato, Sakura and Kopi) in the best bars, hotels and restaurants worldwide. Mancino Vermouth was launched in 2013 and rapidly became one of the best-selling and top trending vermouth brands, achieving stellar growth over the years and currently being distributed in almost 50 countries. Mancino Vermouths are all locally produced in Italy using the finest ingredients, and are used for making some of the best cocktails or served neat, chilled or over ice.

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