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

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

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.

"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.

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Heineken takes Desperados to South Africa 19 Nov 2019

Heineken has expanded the African footprint of Desperados with a launch in South Africa.

Distell Global Travel Retail appoints new US distributor 6 Nov 2019

Distell has made InnoTRI its next Global Travel Retail distributor for the US and parts of the Caribbean.

Distell Group’s Bain’s 18-Year-Old Sherry Cask-Finished Whiskies - Product Launch 20 Sep 2019

Distell Group has introduced a trio of sherry cask-finished whiskies from Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky as a South Africa Travel Retail exclusive.

Distell demands South Africa review of alleged Anheuser-Busch InBev merger breach 12 Sep 2019

South African competition authorities have revealed Distell is seeking a review of an investigation into alleged breaches by Anheuser-Busch InBev of its merger conditions with SABMiller.

Anheuser-Busch InBev cleared for South Africa Guinness production in Diageo deal 9 Sep 2019

Anheuser-Busch InBev has been given the go-ahead to produce Guinness for Diageo in South Africa after authorities approved a licensing deal between the two companies.

How did Distell perform in fiscal-2019? - results data 28 Aug 2019

Distell Group has ended its fiscal-2019 with a healthy second half contributing to a 9.4% full-year sales improvement on the corresponding 12 months a year earlier.

Heineken invests in South Africa as turf war with Anheuser-Busch InBev intensifies 13 Aug 2019

Heineken is firming up its capacity in South Africa as the brewer looks to loosen Anheuser-Busch InBev's grip on the country's beer market.

Pernod Ricard takes control of South Africa's Inverroche gin distillery 29 Jul 2019

Pernod Ricard has agreed to take a majority stake in South African gin distiller Inverroche.

PepsiCo targets sub-Saharan Africa with Pioneer Foods takeover - Juice in South Africa data 19 Jul 2019

Five years after the end of their franchise agreement in South Africa, PepsiCo and Pioneer Foods have reunited through the soft drinks group's US$1.7bn acquisition today.

Diageo closes in on RTD, Guinness South Africa partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev's SAB 19 Jul 2019

Diageo has moved a step closer to a licensing deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev for its RTD and Guinness brands in South Africa.