Distell FY sales hit by South Africa alcohol ban

South African drinks group Distell saw its fiscal 2020 revenue fall by 14.6% due to the alcohol ban in its home market. In the year ending 30 June 2020, the Amarula cream liqueur and Bunnahabhain Scotch whisky owner saw its revenue fall 14.6% to 22.37 billion rand (US$1.33bn). Distell CEO Richard Rushton said: “The resilience of our business and culture was severely tested during the pandemic and I’m proud of the way we are responding.…

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South Africa urged to end ‘devastating’ alcohol ban

Trade association Spirits Europe is urging the South African government to advise when it will lift the complete ban on alcohol sales in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which is having a “devastating” impact on distillers. Spirits Europe noted the alcohol beverage industry is one of the country’s biggest employers, providing more than one million direct and indirect jobs. South Africa introduce a ban on all alcohol sales on 27 March in response to the…

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South Africa agrees to protect Irish whiskey

Irish whiskey has been granted legal protection in South Africa, the category’s seventh largest market by volume. According to trade body the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA), the registration will give the industry a greater ability to combat fakes. It follows the IWA’s success in securing a certification mark for Irish whiskey in Australia in February this year. In South Africa, 4.43 million bottles of Irish whiskey were sold in 2017 – an increase of 4.5%…

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Pernod Ricard buys majority stake in Inverroche Distillery

French drinks group Pernod Ricard has acquired a majority stake in South African spirits producer Inverroche Distillery for an undisclosed sum. The deal ­– which is expected to close shortly ­– was made through the firm’s South African subsidiary Pernod Ricard South Africa. Based in the Cape Floral region, Inverroche pioneered the use of indigenous plant Fynbos in its gins. Fynbos grows in the Western Cape and has been used by indigenous people for medicinal…

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The Brandy Masters 2019 results

Brandy’s ability to innovate without regulatory constraints means producers are putting out liquids that skilfully showcase the category’s provenance, creativity and unique approach to flavour. At a press briefing this year, IWSR CEO Mark Meek identified high-end brandy as one of the key trends to watch in the spirits world. While it was once seen as dull and static, the category has benefited from a craft renaissance, with a number of innovative artisan distilleries showing…

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