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What's coming up in spirits in 2019? - Predictions

After the excesses of December, brown spirits commentator Neil Ridley takes a cursory glance into what 2019 is likely to bring, including a...

What's coming up in spirits in 2018?

Rounding off our series of category forecasts for the year ahead, white spirits commentator Richard Woodard looks at what 2018 has in store...

Olly Wehring | 4 Sep 2017

In late-August, Distell posted results for its fiscal-2017. Sales in the 12 months to the end of June increased by just under 6% year-on-year for the multi-category group, with volumes in the year coming in flat. Here, just-drinks breaks down Distell's figures for the period by category and by region.

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.

Ben Cooper | 30 Nov 2016

The latest report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), assessing companies' efforts on water, reveals a strong representation from drinks companies among those companies the project considers to be leaders in water stewardship. Ben Cooper reports.

Olly Wehring | 20 Jul 2016

SABMiller will release its first-quarter trading update on Thursday (21 July). Here, just-drinks looks back at the beer producer's activities in the three months to the end of June.

Latest Interviews

Olly Wehring | 4 Jan 2019

Late last year, just-drinks spoke to Richard Rushton, CEO of Distell, in London. In part two of our exclusive interview, Rushton tells us about the group's plans outside of Africa and how Distell aims to become a larger player internationally, while also riding the wave in markets closer to home.

Olly Wehring | 3 Jan 2019

In late-November, just-drinks met up with the CEO of Distell at the IWSC awards dinner in London. As guests filed into the banqueting hall, Richard Rushton took a pre-meal grilling from editor Olly Wehring. In part one of this exclusive, two-part interview, we consider Distell's place in the drinks industry, the group's over-reliance on South Africa and its aspirations for Africa and beyond.

Latest News

Andy Morton | 16 Jan 2019

Distell is to review its wine portfolio as its builds a new standalone wine unit called Libertas Vineyards and Estates.

Olly Wehring | 29 Nov 2018

Distell is lining up a flavoured extension to its Scottish Leader Scotch whisky brand.

Olly Wehring | 14 Nov 2018

Distell is set to release a flavoured extension of its Amarula cream liqueur brand in the UK.

Andy Morton | 25 Sep 2018

Remy Cointreau's focus on the higher-end of the spirits category will result in a pace of growth to outpace its bigger rivals over the next five years, an analyst has forecast.

Andy Morton | 21 Sep 2018

Distell has launched a line-up of six limited-edition single malt Scotch whiskies, including expressions from Bunnahabhain, Deanston, Ledaig and Tobermory.

Olly Wehring | 8 Aug 2018

Distell is poised to launch six new single malt Scotch whisky expressions next month. The raft of releases – two each from the company's three Scotch distilleries – will be available in limited numbers and will launch at Distell's "inaugural malt whisky showcase" in London on 12 September.

Andy Morton | 20 Jul 2018

The Distell Group has marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela with the creation of a one-off gift pack containing bottles of Van Ryn’s 27-year-old brandy and Bain’s 15-year-old single grain whisky.

Richard Woodard | 9 Jul 2018

South Africa’s Distell Group has announced a distribution tie-up with Camus subsidiary Yuanliu Int’l Trade Co to handle three of its Scotch whisky brands in China.

Lucy Britner | 8 May 2018

Distell has agreed to sell its Uitkyk winery in Stellenbosch, as it looks to streamline its portfolio.

Olly Wehring | 16 Apr 2018

Distell has completed a redesign of the packaging for its full Bunnahabhain Scotch whisky range.

Andy Morton | 21 Mar 2018

Distell's latest extension to its Savanna cider line is the hop-flavoured Savanna Cross.

Olly Wehring | 15 Mar 2018

Distell’s Bunnahabhain distillery has lined up the release of two limited single malts.

Olly Wehring | 26 Feb 2018

Distell has hailed healthy performances both at home and abroad in the first six months of its fiscal-2018, with Travel Retail sales leaping by mid-double digits.

Andy Morton | 20 Dec 2017

Gruppo Campari has agreed to buy Cognac brand Bisquit Dubouché et Cie from Distell Group for EUR52.5m (US$62.2m).

Olly Wehring | 4 Sep 2017

Distell has reported a rise in sales for its latest fiscal full-year, as the group looks to generate investment through a change in ownership structure.

Andy Morton | 25 Aug 2017

South Africa's Distell is to sponsor Europe's top rugby team through a partnership with Savanna Dry cider.

Lucy Britner | 5 Jul 2017

Distell has released a 46 year old single malt under its Bunnahabhain brand.

Olly Wehring | 31 May 2017

Angostura Holdings has switched its UK distribution from Cellar Trends to Distell.

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.

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Andy Morton | 15 Sep 2015

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