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Olly Wehring | 3 Mar 2017

In October, Anheuser-Busch InBev completed the US$103bn acquisition of its main rival, SABMiller. ABI started its move in September 2015, when it notified SAB’s board that it was lining up an offer. Over the ensuing 13 months, a raft of SAB assets were offered for sale as ABI looked to navigate anti-competition hurdles. Here, just-drinks details all the subsequent divestments that ABI completed as part of its pursuit of SAB.


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Joe Bates | 9 May 2014

On Sunday (11 May), the Asia Pacific leg of Tax Free World Association's exhibition series kicks off. The event takes place against a backdrop of trading ills for international drinks companies in the domestic Chinese market. Joe Bates previews the exhibition and considers whether the China travails will seep into the region's broader Travel Retail channel.


Joe Bates | 17 Oct 2013

Ahead of this year's Tax Free World Association World Exhibition, which returns to Cannes next week, Joe Bates considers the travel retail landscape.

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Olly Wehring | 20 Nov 2014

Earlier this year, South African multi-category drinks producer Distell set up a unit specifically for its higher-end wine portfolio. The CEO of Distell Vineyards & Estates, Carina Gous, spoke to just-drinks earlier this year about the new division, its plans abroad and the prospects for the broader South African wine category going forward.


James Wilmore | 25 Sep 2014

Siobhan Thompson joined Wines of South Africa 11 months ago after joining from drinks firm Distell. just-drinks deputy editor James Wilmore talks to Thompson about the challenges she has faced in 2014 and the opportunities for South African wine in Asia and the rest of Africa.

Latest News

Olly Wehring | 24 Apr 2017

Distell has purchased majority control of the Cruz Vodka brand, marking its entry into the white spirits segment.


Lucy Britner | 19 Apr 2017

Terlato Wine Group and Distell have confirmed the appointment of JC Iglesias as VP of marketing at their spirits joint venture in the US.


Lucy Britner | 13 Apr 2017

Anheuser-Busch InBev has completed the sale of its indirect interest in South Africa's Distell Group. 


Olly Wehring | 20 Mar 2017

Stock Spirits has farmed out the distribution of its portfolio in the UK to Distell, in an attempt to "ramp up their efforts" in the country.


Lucy Britner | 31 Jan 2017

South African drinks firm Distell has said it will stop production at its Tobermory Scotch whisky distillery as it looks to upgrade the facility. 


Olly Wehring | 15 Dec 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has completed its SABMiller asset divestment programme in time for Christmas, offloading its near-30% stake in Distell today.


Lucy Britner | 4 Oct 2016

Distell will terminate all third-party distribution relationships in the UK as it looks to handle its own portfolio in the country.


Lucy Britner | 29 Sep 2016

Distell has released a 15-year-old whisky finished in South Africa's Pinotage wine casks. Three Ships 15 Year Old Pinotage Cask Finish is limited to 4,000 bottles, 3,500 of which will be available to purchase. 


Lucy Britner | 28 Sep 2016

South African conglomerate Remgro has said it is considering a move for SABMiller's stake in wine and spirits group Distell.


Andy Morton | 31 Aug 2016

Distell has outpaced declines in its domestic South African market to post a solid jump in full year profits and sales despite a write-down on former Pernod Ricard Cognac Bisquit.


Lucy Britner | 17 Aug 2016

Distell has announced the release of a 10-year-old South African whisky, which carries a 2005 vintage statement.


Olly Wehring | 13 Jul 2016

Distell has followed last month’s release of a 42-year-old iteration of Tobermory single malt with two younger expressions, as part of a competition to win a bottle of the older Scotch whisky.


Olly Wehring | 4 Jul 2016

Russian spirits producer Synergy Group has switched the Polish distribution of its Beluga vodka brand to Stock Spirits.


Lucy Britner | 30 Jun 2016

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has handed down conditional approval of Anheuser-Busch InBev's acquisition of SABMiller.


Olly Wehring | 28 Jun 2016

Distell has lined up a limited edition 42-year-old iteration of its Tobermory single malt Scotch whisky.


Lucy Britner | 6 Jun 2016

African drinks firm Distell has named Luke Maga as head of global Travel Retail. 


Olly Wehring | 9 May 2016

Terlato Wine Group and Distell have confirmed the appointment of David Ballew as chief operating officer of their spirits joint venture in the US.


Andy Morton | 17 Feb 2016

A strong performance in its home South African market drove double-digit sales and profits growth for Distell in the first half of the year, but the company warned of challenges ahead.


Lucy Britner | 15 Feb 2016

Distell's Scotch whisky arm, Burn Stewart, has released Ledaig 1996 from its Tobermory distillery. 


Lucy Britner | 12 Jan 2016

US distributor Terlato Wines has added Riondo Spago Nero Prosecco to its line-up as it looks to capitalise on the growing trend for Prosecco in the country. 


Olly Wehring | 4 Dec 2015

Terlato Wine Group and Distell Group have strengthened their tie-up in the US, with several of the South African company's wine brands joining its spirits range in Terlato's offering in the country.


Olly Wehring | 1 Dec 2015

Last week, the International Wine & Spirit Competition rounded off its 2015 awards. Here are the competition's trophy winners for this year.

Latest blogs

Andy Morton | 15 Sep 2015

Today is the opening day at Cape Wine 2015 and that means the morning was taken up by welcome speeches.

Company research

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