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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.


just the Facts - United National Breweries 2 Apr 2015

Earlier today, Diageo confirmed plans to take full control of UB Group's United National Breweries. The Guinness producer will pay an initial US$22m for the 50% of the sorghum beer producer it does not already own. Here's some facts on United National Breweries:


just the Answer: Distell Vineyards & Estates' CEO, Carina Gous 20 Nov 2014

Earlier this year, South African multi-category drinks producer Distell set up a unit specifically for its higher-end wine portfolio. The CEO of Distell Vineyards & Estates, Carina Gous, spoke to just-drinks earlier this year about the new division, its plans abroad and the prospects for the broader South African wine category going forward.


Comment - Why are Big Beer and Craft Producers Cosying Up in South Africa? 31 Mar 2014

Craft brewers and big beer firms may be on opposite sides of the trenches in the US, but the situation appears to be a little different in South Africa.

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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.


Scotch whisky granted legal protection against fakes in South Africa 6 Aug 2018

The Scotch Whisky Association has said the registration of 'Scotch Whisky' as a trademark in South Africa will make it easier to fight counterfeits in the category's seventh-largest market by volume.


Distell Group celebrates Nelson Mandela's birthday with Van Ryn's, Bain's gift packs 20 Jul 2018

The Distell Group has marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela with the creation of a one-off gift pack containing bottles of Van Ryn’s 27-year-old brandy and Bain’s 15-year-old single grain whisky.


Ongoing drought sees wine harvest slide in South Africa - figures 9 May 2018

The most-recent wine harvest in South Africa was the smallest in over a decade, according to figures released this week.


Distell offloads Uitkyk to Warwick Wine Estate 8 May 2018

Distell has agreed to sell its Uitkyk winery in Stellenbosch, as it looks to streamline its portfolio.


Beam Suntory completes ABV Brands takeover in South Africa 23 Apr 2018

Beam Suntory has taken full control of its South African distributor, ABV Brands, two years after buying a 50% stake.


AdVini snaps up majority share in Stellenbosch Vineyards 20 Apr 2018

French wine firm AdVini has upped its presence in South Africa with a major stake purchase in the country's Stellenbosch Vineyards.


Sales growth approaches double digits for Distell as GTR shines - H1 2018 results 26 Feb 2018

Distell has hailed healthy performances both at home and abroad in the first six months of its fiscal-2018, with Travel Retail sales leaping by mid-double digits.


Fifth Generation debuts Tito's Handmade Vodka in Africa 13 Nov 2017

The owner of Tito's Handmade Vodka, Fifth Generation, is to launch the brand in Africa as the company continues to up its international footprint.


Maritime & Mercantile International secures Asahi distribution after South Africa deal 9 Oct 2017

Dubai-based distributor Maritime & Mercantile International is to handle Asahi's portfolio in South Africa after acquiring a majority stake in Brand 2 Consumer Premium Drinks Co.

Latest blogs

Cape Wine - Day Three - Is Swartland a victim of its own success? 17 Sep 2015

The stand for Swartland Independent Producers sits in the far back corner of the Cape Wine exhibition hall, but its influence can be felt across the show floor.


Cape Wine - Day Two - The politics of wine 15 Sep 2015

Today is the opening day at Cape Wine 2015 and that means the morning was taken up by welcome speeches.


Cape Wine - Day One - Cape of Good Hope 14 Sep 2015

just-drinks is in South Africa for the Cape Wine exhibition this week, courtesy of Wines of South Africa (WOSA).