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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...

SABMiller's Q1 2017 results - Preview

SABMiller will release its first-quarter trading update on Thursday (21 July). Here, just-drinks looks back at the beer producer's activitie...

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.

Lucy Britner | 14 Dec 2015

With 2015 drawing to a close, just-drinks looks back at the stories that have made the headlines across the global drinks industry. Here, deputy editor Lucy Britner picks out the highs and lows for the spirits category.

Latest Interviews

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

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.

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.

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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.

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Distell Group Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (South Africa)

Distell Group Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (South Africa)

Distell Group stated that it plans to continue capitalising on its equity brands during the forecast period, using expertise and presence in key areas to expand its operations. In addition, the compan...

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Rtds/High-Strength Premixes in South Africa

Rtds/High-Strength Premixes in South Africa

Distell Group’s Bernini recorded growth for the second year in a row, with its total volume sales increasing 100% in 2016. The success of the brand remained linked to its improved penetration througho...

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Spirits in South Africa

Spirits in South Africa

A number of craft spirits brands continued to emerge across whisky, gin and brandy during the review period. The trend was triggered by consumers’ increasing awareness of spirits varieties, which led...

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