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South Africa's wine industry is on its knees and it's not just thanks to COVID - comment 8 Oct 2020

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 country's handling of the coronavirus pandemic is a case study in 'How not to support your high-profile industries'.


"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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Distell's Amarula Ethiopian Coffee cream liqueur - Product Launch 24 Sep 2020

Distell is set to release a new flavoured variant for its Amarula cream liqueur portfolio.


International spirits shine but South Africa drags for Distell Group in fiscal-2020 - results data 27 Aug 2020

A resilient year for Distell Group's spirits portfolio has been markedly offset by sales tumbles for the firm's wine and cider & RTD stables, according to 12-month results released today.


South Africa scraps domestic ban on alcohol sales 17 Aug 2020

Authorities in South Africa have lifted the latest ban on alcohol sales after pressure from major brewers.


Heineken joins investment boycott over South Africa alcohol ban - report 5 Aug 2020

Heineken has intensified industry pressure on South Africa's alcohol ban after reportedly joining Anheuser-Busch InBev in cancelling brewery investments in the country.


Anheuser-Busch InBev cancels South Africa investment in face of alcohol ban 4 Aug 2020

Anheuser-Busch InBev has blamed a Government ban on alcohol sales for a decision to halt investment in the country.