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South Africa's wine industry toils under COVID

South Africa's wine producers have been hard-done-by this year, more so than any other wine-producing nation. As Chris Losh explains, the co...

Future of personalised nutrition - FUTURES vol. 4

The demand for personalisation is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Consumers are starting to consider their own genetic make-up when it...

South African wine gets serious in China

Of all the statistics bandied around at the Cape Wine exhibition in Cape Town earlier this month, one in particular stood out: 37% of South...

How overseas money is changing South African wine

Even South Africa's famous wildlife is conspiring against its wine industry....

Latest Interviews

"The world has changed dramatically" - just-drinks speaks to Distell Group CEO Richard Rushton about fiscal-2019 5 Sep 2019

Olly Wehring

Late last week, South Africa's Distell Group reported a 9.4% lift in sales from the 12 months to the end of June. Following the results announcement, just-drinks caught up with the multi-category company's CEO, Richard Rushton.

"Our strategy is to double the top and halve the bottom" - Interview, Kay Nash, MD of Distell's Libertas Vineyards & Estates 3 Apr 2019

Andy Morton

It's been less than three months since Kay Nash was unveiled as the head of South African multi-category drinks group Distell's new premium wine unit, called Libertas Vineyards & Estates. However, the management consultant and self-described "fixer" has been working for the company since the start of the last year, seeding the ground for one of Distell's most ambitious projects to date.

Latest News

Distell's Amarula Ethiopian Coffee cream liqueur - Product Launch 24 Sep 2020

Olly Wehring

Distell is set to release a new flavoured variant for its Amarula cream liqueur portfolio.

International spirits shine but South Africa drags for Distell Group in fiscal-2020 - results data 27 Aug 2020

Olly Wehring

A resilient year for Distell Group's spirits portfolio has been markedly offset by sales tumbles for the firm's wine and cider & RTD stables, according to 12-month results released today.

South Africa scraps domestic ban on alcohol sales 17 Aug 2020

Andy Morton

Authorities in South Africa have lifted the latest ban on alcohol sales after pressure from major brewers.

Heineken joins investment boycott over South Africa alcohol ban - report 5 Aug 2020

Andy Morton

Heineken has intensified industry pressure on South Africa's alcohol ban after reportedly joining Anheuser-Busch InBev in cancelling brewery investments in the country.

Anheuser-Busch InBev cancels South Africa investment in face of alcohol ban 4 Aug 2020

Andy Morton

Anheuser-Busch InBev has blamed a Government ban on alcohol sales for a decision to halt investment in the country.

New alcohol ban "catastrophic" for South Africa's drinks industry - Distell Group 15 Jul 2020

Olly Wehring

The head of South Africa-based Distell Group has described the potential damage caused to the country's industry from the reimposition of an alcohol ban as "catastrophic".

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