Savanna Cider, the South African cider brand owned by the Distell group, has appointed Anthony Mills as head of marketing with a brief to oversee its pan-European expansion.

Distell said yesterday (10 December) that the appointment has been made on the back of the brand's growth in the UK market. Savanna's volume sales in the UK have doubled over the past 12 months.

Mills' brief is to consolidate and then build on Savanna's positioning and sales in the UK whilst developing the European market, Distell said.

Mills, a New Zealander, was formerly general manager for sales and marketing at New Zealand wine producer Cable Bay, a post he held for three years. Before that, he was European manager for Wingara Wines, having previously worked Menzendorff, Kelloggs, Heinz and Heineken.