Drinks wholesaler Bibendum is hiving off its spirits division as a stand-alone business in order to expand and grow its portfolio.

Instil Drinks Co had been launched on the back of booming demand for cocktails and an improvement in consumer confidence, said Bibendum MD Michael Saunders.

The market had turned around in the past three months and the wholesaler’s business was back in strong growth and looking to expand, he added. “We are looking to represent brands as opportunities arise.” Instil was looking “across the board” to find the right partners.