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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

South Africa sugar tax led to plunge in high-sugar CSD volumes - study 13 Apr 2021

Andy Morton

Sales of high-sugar soft drinks in South Africa fell by 28% in the 12 months after the introduction of the 2018 sugar tax, a new study has found.

Alcohol bans fail to hold back Distell in H1 fiscal-2021 - results data 25 Feb 2021

Olly Wehring

Distell Group has reported an impressive performance in its home market from the second half of last year, with six-month sales in South Africa coming in flat, despite two outright bans on alcohol sales in the country during the period.

Damage done in South Africa as alcohol ban lifted 3 Feb 2021

Rhodri Morgan

South Africa's alcohol industry has warned that the recent decision to lift the nationwide ban on alcohol sales may be "too little, too late".

Distell makes CBD play with Rethink brand stake purchase 1 Feb 2021

Olly Wehring

Distell has branched into cannabis in its home market, buying into South African "cannabis wellness" brand Rethink.

Heineken readies South Africa job cuts as alcohol ban continues 20 Jan 2021

Andy Morton

Heineken is to reduce its headcount in South Africa by 7%, blaming the coronavirus and a subsequent alcohol ban for a downturn in the country.

South African wineries shrug off 2020 woes to post exports value rise 20 Jan 2021

Andy Morton

South Africa wine exports appear to have survived a short-lived ban last year as they jumped in value, new figures for 2020 have shown.

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