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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....

Coca-Cola Co's Nigerian ambitions - Comment

This month, Ray Rowlands sets his sights on the recently-announced Nigerian venture between The Coca-Cola Co and the Tropical General Invest...

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

Diageo's East African Breweries to boost Serengeti Breweries control 1 Apr 2020

Andy Morton

Diageo's Kenyan beer unit, East African Breweries Ltd, is to increase its stake in Serengeti Breweries by 30%.


COVID-19 - Governments and commentators - daily briefing 27 March - FREE TO ACCESS 30 Mar 2020

David Leggett

Here's just-drinks' overview of the latest coronavirus-related developments from around the world.


Wine harvest to proceed as South Africa's alcohol production ban partially lifted 27 Mar 2020

Olly Wehring

South Africa's wine industry has been granted a reprieve after the country's authorities backtracked on a complete ban on alcohol production to stem the spread of COVID-19.


COVID-19 drag prompts Distell to ready South Africa wine brand offloads 26 Mar 2020

Olly Wehring

Distell has put two of its wine brands - along with their estates - on the market as the South Africa-headquartered group looks to "lighten its balance sheet" as sales head south.


Alcohol production brought to standstill in South Africa 26 Mar 2020

Olly Wehring

Authorities in South Africa have introduced stringent measures, including halting the production of all alcohol in the country, to counter the spread of COVID-19.


Distell Group joins hand sanitiser efforts 26 Mar 2020

Lucy Britner

Distell Group has lined up hand sanitiser production as it looks to join the fight against COVID-19.



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