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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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Distell makes on-premise plea as South Africa readies lockdown easing 26 May 2020

Distell Group has cautiously welcomed the plan by the South African Government to soften lockdown measures in the country that will permit alcohol purchases for at-home consumption.

South Africa reopens wine exports - again - as lockdown restrictions eased 30 Apr 2020

South Africa is to resume wine exports as the country's Government lowers COVID-19 lockdown measures.

South African wine exports get green light after coronavirus ban relaxed 8 Apr 2020

Wine producers in South Africa have received a further concession from the country's Government, with wine exports being reinstated.

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

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

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

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

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

How did Distell Group perform in H1 fiscal-2020? - results data 27 Feb 2020

Distell Group has positioned itself as being open for business, offering spirits and routes-to-market partnerships in its latest fiscal half-year results announcement.

KWV’s Laborie Methode Cap Classique Rosé NV makes UK debut 29 Jan 2020

South African wine producer KWV has rolled out a sparkling rosé in the UK.

Heineken takes Desperados to South Africa 19 Nov 2019

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