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"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.


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.

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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.


Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito defends South Africa weakness 9 May 2019

Anheuser-Busch InBev has blamed a number of problems for its underperformance in South Africa, a market that was a key focus of the brewer's SABMiller takeover.


South Africa prepares for lowest wine harvest in 14 years 7 May 2019

South Africa's wine harvest is expected to hit a 14-year low this year, as the effects of a three-year drought continue to be felt.


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.