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"The mainstream part of our wine portfolio is incredibly important for Africa" - just-drinks meets Distell CEO Richard Rushton - Part I 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.


"Where is the next opportunity? It's in Asia. And, in Asia, the opportunity is China" - South African wine gets serious in China - Focus - Cape Wine 2018 28 Sep 2018

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 African wineries don't make a profit.


"People always complain when they see foreign investment" - How overseas money is changing South Africa's wine fortunes - Focus - Cape Wine 2018 13 Sep 2018

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


South Africa's Bulk Wine Curse - Comment 15 Sep 2015

Trade show opening speeches are rarely roof-raisers and Cape Wine 2015's today was true to form. However, Siobhan Thompson's welcome address did contain one particular point of interest.


Focus - Is South Africa About to Raise Legal Drinking Age to 21? 28 May 2015

Last week, the South African government put up for public discussion proposed changes to the country's alcohol regulations. The 36-page Liquor Policy Review has caused a few ripples as it contends not only that alcohol producers and retailers should be made liable for drink-related damage to consumers but that the minimum drinking age should be increased from 18 to 21.

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Distell pulls Nederburg name from South African wine auction - ProWein 2019 18 Mar 2019

Distell is to drop the Nederburg name from the South African wine brand's 44-year-old Nederburg Auction.


How did Distell perform in the second half of 2018? - results data 1 Mar 2019

Distell Group is on the hunt for M&A opportunities, having posted a high-single-digit rise in sales from its fiscal first-half.


The Coca-Cola Co overhauls Share-a-Coke activation in South Africa after profanity printed on can 11 Feb 2019

The Coca-Cola Co has cancelled a digital activation for the Coke brand in South Africa, after a consumer in the country managed to print an offensive word in a regional dialect on a can.


Beam Suntory turns ABV Brands into Beam Suntory South Africa 11 Feb 2019

Beam Suntory, the global spirits division of Suntory Holdings, has renamed a South African distributor it took full control of last year.


UK leads 2018 sales rise for South African wine exports - data 22 Jan 2019

The UK helped drive an increase in South Africa's wine export sales last year, despite a volumes fall in the country.


Distell looks to simplify wine portfolio as brands move to standalone unit 16 Jan 2019

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


Diageo to offload United National Breweries to Zimbabwe's Delta Corp 21 Dec 2018

Diageo is to sell United National Breweries, the South African sorghum beer business it bought from India's United Breweries three-and-a-half years ago.


Visitor numbers jump 27% for Cape Wine 2018 28 Sep 2018

South African trade show Cape Wine drew in a record number of visitors this year, with attendance up 27%.


South Africa's premiumisation must reach all price tiers - WoSA - Cape Wine 2018 12 Sep 2018

South Africa needs to sell its wine at higher price points across all pricing tiers, the chair of the country's wine trade organisation has warned.


Wines of South Africa recruits Marcus Ford for Asia 17 Aug 2018

Trade association Wines of South Africa has confirmed a change of market manager in Asia.