Douglas Green Chardonnay 2016 has taken its place alongside the crème de la crème of global Chardonnay offerings after receiving a coveted Top 10 position and gold medal at the annual Chardonnay du Monde competition in France.
Ever at the forefront of global trends, Douglas Green has expanded its stable of quality wines and spirits in South Africa, to introduce its first authentic Spanish Sherry range. The range comprises of a Pale Cream, Medium Dry and Cream Sherry, each produced and bottled in Spain and fully imported for sale in the country under the Douglas Green brand.
South Africa joins global scavenger hunt to give Jack fans a chance to win a trip to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg and be a part of Jack Daniel’s history.
Celebratory corks are popping at the historic Boschendal Estate with the Boschendal Brut Cap Classique awarded a Gold Trophy at the prestigious Vinordic Wine Challenge in Stockholm - Sweden’s only wine competition certified by the European Union and blind-tested by a qualified jury.
To save Chilean wine, producers head South
24/07/2017 - 10:51
Faced with increasingly inhospitable growing conditions, the Chilean wine industry is moving south and experimenting with new vines.
Brand Chenin as SA's wine specialty, says leading US commentator
24/07/2017 - 09:19
South Africa stands the strongest chance of making an impact in the US by linking its wine marketing message with a single varietal in the way New Zealand has done with Sauvignon blanc and Argentina, with Malbec. This is the view of Lauren Buzzeo, the recently appointed managing editor of respected publication Wine Enthusiast, based in the US but read worldwide.
Italian organic wine exports increase 40% in 2016
20/07/2017 - 11:08
Italian organic wine exports increased by 40% in 2016 compared to the previous year, reaching a market value of €192 million.
Liquor traders condemn tough new regulations
07/07/2017 - 12:39
The Western Cape Liquor Traders Organisation (WCLTO) has lambasted the provincial government for its new liquor regulations, saying they were part of the DA and Premier Helen Zille’s “agenda to shut down” black and coloured-owned businesses in the townships.
Why SA wine exports must move from bulk to brands
22/06/2017 - 11:59
South Africa’s wine industry must shift its emphasis from volume to value and from a production orientation to a market orientation. This is according to Anton Smuts, the newly elected chairperson of Vinpro. He shared his thoughts on some of the pressing issues that currently prevail in the industry with Jeandré du Preez.
Liquor rules reflect a state drunk on power, greed and arrogance
25/05/2017 - 09:42
The regulation of the sale of liquor has long been a feature of government policy pretty much everywhere. In Anglo-Saxon countries, it generally comes with more than a whiff of self-righteous fervour as those who draft the laws feed on the indignation of those who deal with the social consequences of drunken behaviour. The revenue value of sin taxes makes it clear there is no moral basis for this impost: to the extent that the state taxes liquor, it enjoys the wages of sin.
Italy set for highest growth among wine producing countries
20/04/2017 - 14:58
The global wine market is set to see production increase by 2.4% growth in production and consumption increase by 4.3% between now and the end of the decade, according to Ismea’s Wine Outlook 2020 report.
Italian wine exports grow by 4.3% in 2016
29/03/2017 - 15:20
Italian wine exports amounted to €5.6 billion in 2016, up by 4.3% on the previous year, according to data from the Italian Wine Union.
Cape’s finest wine on the block
30/01/2017 - 14:08
Prominent wine aficionados from around the world will be part of this year’s Cape Wine Auction in Franschhoek, which allows you to stock up on some of the best Cape wines while raising money for a good cause.
Traders lament liquor bill’s proposals
30/11/2016 - 10:45
Cape Town - With a week left before the public comment phase on the national liquor bill closes, the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF) came out in support of township liquor traders, saying the government should not dictate how they do business.
Cape’s liquor traders weigh booze laws
16/11/2016 - 10:11
Cape Town - About 50 liquor traders from Khayelitsha, Langa, Nyanga, Gugulethu and Strand convened in Khayelitsha to discuss liquor laws that may see many shebeens, taverns and once-off consumption traders either lose their businesses or their liquor licences.
World wine output near 20-year low
21/10/2016 - 09:05
Paris - World wine output may fall 5.3% this year because of excess rain that spoiled grape harvests in South America and adverse weather in French vineyards, resulting in one of the smallest vintages of the past 20 years, according to an intergovernmental group.
How Liquor Bill will affect Durban pubs, taverns
12/10/2016 - 09:37
Durban - If the Liquor Bill were to be passed in its current form, Durban tourism drawcard Max’s Lifestyle would probably have to shut down and lay off 150 employees, while it would be a hammer blow to tourism in Umlazi.
South African whisky imports drop 9% in the first half of 2016
21/09/2016 - 10:59
SOUTH African Scotch whisky imports decreased 9% during the first half of 2016 to 18.7-million bottles but SA moved one spot higher to being the seventh-largest export market for the product, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.
Another go at the grape
22/08/2016 - 10:29
WOULD somebody please put KWV Holdings out of our misery? Since 2004, when restrictions on ownership of its shares were lifted, KWV has been the source of screeds of anguished media stories about poor operating performances, threatened heritage assets and tense battles for control. If it had sold as much wine and spirits as it has generated stories over those years, KWV would not still be at the centre of a takeover bid and we in the media industry would be able to get on with writing about big companies that make profits.
Wine lollies set to hit SA market
19/08/2016 - 15:40
Cape Town - Capetonians will have one more way to cool off when summer hits this year.
LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Shiraz producers have pulled up their socks
27/07/2016 - 14:45
A FEW years ago, it took a degree of courage to contemplate a line-up of South African shiraz's. The variety was largely misunderstood, planted by growers who believed, even as the world was going into great oversupply, it was the "next big thing", and vinified by winemakers whose inspiration was the overripe so-called southeastern Australian style.
Minorities could thwart R1.15bn KWV deal
11/07/2016 - 16:55
THERE might be an unexpected twist to a R1.15bn deal proposing the sale of liquor group KWV Holdings’ operating assets to Vasari Global, an international company aligned to consumer goods magnate Vivian Imerman.
Brewers’ merger sets Distell free to take them on in local market
01/07/2016 - 08:58
AS THE £74bn Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) merger with SABMiller moves closer to completion, analysts are looking to Distell — which will soon be free of SAB shareholding — to become a more aggressive player in the drinks industry.
Pound’s plunge takes R125bn whack out of SABMiller takeover value
30/06/2016 - 16:07
London - US investors who own SABMiller [JSE:SAB] shares have more reason than most to rue Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The resulting plunge in the UK currency has cut the dollar value of Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev's takeover offer for SABMiller by $8.5bn (R125.5bn).
SA wine industry could add 100 000 jobs by 2025
27/06/2016 - 12:58
Cape Town - South Africa’s wine industry could add a further 100 000 jobs by 2025, mostly in the Western Cape, following the signing this month of the Economic Partnerships Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) countries", Says Michael Mokhoro, stakeholder relationship manager for South Africa’s wine and brandy industries.
Beer deal: AB InBev clears hurdle in SA
27/06/2016 - 08:43
Johannesburg - Anheuser-Busch InBev cleared a hurdle toward gaining approval for the brewer’s takeover of SABMiller in South Africa as the country’s Food and Allied Workers Union said it will take no further part in the regulatory approval process.
How a Boston start-up is transforming alcohol sales for the digital age
24/06/2016 - 09:21
Launched in 2013, Drizly facilitates the sale and delivery of alcoholic beverages online. Chain Store Age recently visited the company’s Boston-based headquarters and spoke with Nick Rellas, co-founder and CEO, about Drizly’s business model and the evolution of e-commerce.
Heineken seeks brewers’ pledge on fridge space and ‘dirty tricks’
23/06/2016 - 08:28
MAJOR rival Heineken on Wednesday hit SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) with a slew of conditions it wants the Competition Tribunal to impose on the $108bn merger.
Moody’s puts SABMiller bonds on review for downgrade
08/06/2016 - 11:35
Moody’s, the credit rating agency, warned on Tuesday night they may downgrade SABMILLER’s bonds. The brewer’s long-term unsecured notes, which are rated A3, were placed on "review for downgrade from direction uncertain".
South Africa’s leading online retailer adds liquor to its top shelf
17/05/2016 - 09:03
takealot.com, South Africa’s leading online retailer, adds a brand new Liquor category to its ever-growing product range this week. The new Liquor department is launching with a strong range of spirits, MCC, champagne and sparkling wine, offering customers the most convenient way possible to shop their favourite drinks.
Distell assembles dream team for new centre of excellence
04/05/2016 - 21:51
3 May 2016 - Rather than rest on its laurels, Distell, the reigning worldwide distiller of the year that took the title at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London, is intent on advancing its already formidable reputation for quality.
China wields increasing power in world wine market - France
19/04/2016 - 10:22
Paris - The global wine market grew almost 11% last year as China not only drank more wine but also produced more, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said on Monday (18 April).
How much booze is “too much” booze?
18/04/2016 - 14:18
Doctors and health specialists the world over will warn you of the dangers of excessive drinking, but a new study shows that no one can agree on what constitutes “too much”.
Cheers! Italy toasts booming wine trade - Italy
18/04/2016 - 12:54
Verona - As he swirls a glass of yellowy-green wine made from the trendy pecorino grape, Fabio Centini purrs with enthusiasm.
Wine upstart drops smart bottle on $300bn industry - USA
04/04/2016 - 11:49
New York - For wine, the hangover can start as soon as the bottle is opened.
Tax hike for South African “sinners”
25/02/2016 - 10:32
Smokers and drinkers will again be heavily taxed for their (in the eyes of the Government) bad habits.
Stellenbosch Vineyards rakes in accolades with double victory
24/02/2016 - 14:32
Stellenbosch Vineyards adds to its collection of awards and achievements, demonstrating consistent excellence as a selection of local and international wine awards were announced in recent days.
DTI clamps down on illegal boozing
24/02/2016 - 11:30
Johannesburg - A liquor outlet was closed down while the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo issued fines to the value of R16 500 to non-compliant liquor licence holders during a joint inspection operation over the weekend.
Distell, Terlato partnership ‘will boost business’
18/02/2016 - 14:45
Johannesburg - The Distell Group, Africa’s biggest producer of wines, spirits, ciders, and ready-to-drink beverages, has said it will double the size of its business by 2020 through teaming up with Terlato Wine Group in the US, as well as growing organically in some other parts of Africa.
Distell: Zimbabwe unit’s turnover drops - Zimbabwe
15/02/2016 - 09:48
Harare - Distell’s unit in Zimbabwe declared an interim dividend of 0.15 US cents (2.36 SA cents) yesterday, despite an 8 percent decline in turnover that was partly offset by a 2 percent rise in wine and cider beer volumes as Zimbabweans switch to cheaper alternatives.
Wine tourism may double by 2025 as rand tumbles
03/02/2016 - 10:00
Johannesburg - Tourism based on South Africa’s wine industry has the potential to more than double in size in the next nine years as the declining value of the rand makes the country increasingly attractive to visitors, according to an organisation representing producers.
Distell crowned best distiller at world competition
30/11/2015 - 12:34
Distell has been crowned best distiller of the year for 2015 at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London.
Death tavern loses licence
02/11/2015 - 10:40
Cape Town - It was time for the police and the liquor licensing authority ‘to get tougher’ with liquor traders who fail to comply with the law, Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said yesterday.
Qantas announces new Rockpool sommeliers - Australia
21/07/2015 - 11:47
Qantas recently announced a new team of wine experts and mixologists from the Rockpool Restaurant Group who will select wine, Champagne, spirits, and other beverages for Qantas domestic and international flights and lounges.
Cold comfort for Shoprite in top court’s ruling on wine licence
01/07/2015 - 10:42
By a narrow majority, the Constitutional Court decided on Tuesday that a licence to sell wine alongside other groceries was "property" in terms of the Constitution.
The best wines in South Africa
25/06/2015 - 13:13
The South African Wine Index (SAWi) has released its ranking of the top wine producers in South Africa, and the leading brand in each wine category.
China's deal to end European wine probe
27/03/2014 - 12:05
Beijing - China's commerce minister said the Chinese and European wine industries had reached a deal to end an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe into European wine imports, ahead of a trip to Europe by China's president.
KRA to push for stiff fines in war on fake products
20/03/2014 - 13:16
Kenya Revenue Authority has backed rallying calls by manufacturers to classify counterfeiting of goods as an economic crime through an amendment to Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 2013.
Inflation edges up from 7.3 % to 7.6%, trade surplus up to K283 million, Zambia
10/03/2014 - 12:42
Zambia’s annual rate of inflation consumer index has risen by 0.3 percentage points from 7.3 percent in January to 7.6 percent recorded in February.
Zambia’s annual rate of inflation rise by 0.2 percent, trade surplus ticks up
31/01/2014 - 09:34
Zambia’s annual rate of inflation as measured by the all items Consumer Index (CPI) has risen by 0.2 percent from December 2013s 7.1 percent to 7.3 percent recorded in January this year.
West African shippers protest customs malpractices
24/01/2014 - 11:40
The Burkinabe, Malian and Nigerien shipping communities in Ghana have protested against the, “physical escort of goods in transit and the collection of unjustified fees, without receipt.”
Namibia's inflation accelerated to 4,9% in December
20/01/2014 - 12:03
Annual inflation accelerated to 4,9% in December from 4,4% in November, figures released by Namibia Statistics Agency revealed yesterday.
Local liquor giant, Kasapreko Company, is 6th on Ghana Club 100 list
31/10/2013 - 08:26
Indigenous liquor giant, Kasapreko Company Limited (KCL) placed sixth in the 2013 Ghana Club 100 ranking.
Consumers spend more on booze than medicine
19/09/2013 - 09:31
Cape Town - South Africans spend almost four times more on alcohol and cigarettes than on medical expenses and over one and a half times more on clothes than on education, a new study has revealed.
China agrees to talks on wine dispute
30/07/2013 - 07:28
Brussels - China and the European Union have agreed there is a "window for discussions" to try to resolve accusations that Europe is dumping wine in China, the EU's trade chief said on Monday.
Carbon footprints for five beverage categories released by BIER
24/05/2013 - 15:37
n an effort to accelerate understanding of beverage sector impacts on climate change and identify reduction priorities for greenhouse gas emissions, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has published its research on carbon footprints for five beverage categories, including beer, bottled water, carbonated soft drink, spirits and wine.
Don’t Tax Our Wine Irish Cry as Budget Finds Austerity Threshold
06/12/2012 - 09:05
The Corkscrew Wine Merchants in Dublin did a week’s trade in one afternoon yesterday as shoppers made sure they beat a surprise increase in tax on alcohol.
Heineken gulps Tiger after takeover nod
28/09/2012 - 11:56
Singapore - Shareholders in the parent company of the Singapore-based brewer that makes Tiger Beer approved its takeover by Heineken Friday, increasing the Dutch giant's footprint in the growing Asian market.
Boost for wine industry transformation
19/09/2012 - 08:36
Cape Town - Nedbank has invested more than R1.3m over the past six years to transform the wine industry and has almost trebled its annual contribution for 2012 to enable more aspirant winemakers to join the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme.
Heineken clears hurdle to buy APB
19/09/2012 - 07:44
Singapore - A Thai rival on Wednesday vowed to back Dutch giant Heineken's takeover of major Asian brewer APB, defusing a potential clash ahead of a Singapore conglomerate's meeting on the issue.
Western Cape economy cools down
13/07/2012 - 08:05
Cape Town – Together with the chilly Cape weather the Western Cape economy is also cooling down, as is evident from the May Sake24 and BoE Private Clients Western Cape Barometer.
Study links BPA to heart disease
27/02/2012 - 09:39
Chemicals found in some food packaging can increase the risk of developing heart disease, according to new research from the UK.
KWV mulls release of heritage asset value
09/02/2012 - 08:58
The board of wine and spirits group KWV will consider publishing the details of the valuations of its valuable heritage assets with its interim results, which are due out later this month.
HCI’s offer for KWV is unfair, say directors
31/01/2012 - 08:19
The independent members of the KWV board have told KWV shareholders that the R8.50 a share offer from Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) is not fair.
Distell forecasts higher profit
24/01/2012 - 08:02
Liquor group Distell (DST) advised on Monday that earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the six months ended 31 December 2011 are likely to be between 20% and 25% higher than the corresponding reporting period of the previous year.
SA wine consumers on the rise
23/01/2012 - 10:57
Traditional stereotypes about wine in South Africa are fading as a new generation of black wine connoisseurs and producers enters the wine scene.
Southern Comfort brings brand character to Facebook
20/01/2012 - 13:53
Southern Comfort, the Brown Forman-owned spirits brand, has launched a Facebook campaign featuring the fictional New Orlean's music legend, 'Baron Jazz'.
SABMiller boosts beer volumes
19/01/2012 - 10:51
London - Global brewer SABMiller [JSE:SAB] reported a 3% rise in beer volumes in the last three months of 2011 to match forecasts, led by the emerging markets of Africa and Latin America which helped offset falls in North America and Europe.
SABMiller launches MGD in China
17/01/2012 - 07:38
London - The world’s second-largest brewer SABMiller [JSE:SAB] launched its first global brand, Miller Genuine Draft (MGD), in China on Monday to drive its growth in the world’s biggest beer market.
SABMiller prices $7bn bond issue
12/01/2012 - 09:48
Brewing giant SABMiller (SAB) subsidiary SABMiller Holdings Inc. has successfully priced a US$7 billion bond issue.
SABMiller pursues Castel's Africa unit
10/01/2012 - 09:16
London - Global brewer SABMiller [JSE:SAB] said it would be interested in acquiring the African brewing operations of French group Castel if it were available, as the two announced on Monday that they were strengthening their links in Africa.
France champagne maker introduces English sparkling wine
09/01/2012 - 08:06
France-based Grand Cru Vineyard has released the English fizz wine, Meonhill, made from grapes grown from rootstocks planted in Hampshire.
Russian Standard Vodka acquires 70% stake in Italian wine producer Gancia
20/12/2011 - 09:17
Russian Standard Vodka, a premium Russian vodka brand owned by Roustam Tariko, has bought 70% stake in F.lli Gancia & C, an Italian sparkling-wine and vermouth producer to expand the Italian company.
SABMiller eyes Kenya's premium beer segment with Miller Genuine Draft
08/12/2011 - 09:00
SABMiller will introduce its third beer, Miller Genuine Draft, in Kenya on 8 December, aiming at the premium segment of the local beer market which is currently catered to by rival beer brands Heineken and Tusker Malt.
Heineken buys 918 British pubs
05/12/2011 - 08:15
Amsterdam - Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has purchased Galaxy Pub Estate, owner of 918 pubs in Britain, from Royal Bank of Scotland PLC for 412 million pounds ($646 million) in cash.
Shipyard Brewing launches Applehead ale
02/12/2011 - 08:56
US-based Shipyard Brewing Company has added a new seasonal beer Applehead to its Pumpkinhead line.
Spar group’s Tops outlets boost growth despite competitive arena
30/11/2011 - 10:28
Spar Group emerged from a challenging consumer environment with a 10.4% growth in turnover and 3.9% increase in earnings as reported earlier this month in a performance partly boosted by the resilience of its liquor outlet, Tops.
Heineken opens regional headquarters in Kenya
30/11/2011 - 10:01
Dutch brewer Heineken has opened a regional headquarters in Nairobi to drive growth of its brands in the East African beer market. The office will be headed by its East African arm's general manager, Koen Morshuis.
Australia approves Foster's takeover
28/11/2011 - 07:50
Sydney - Australia on Friday approved brewer SABMiller's AU$9.9bn takeover of Foster's, but with strict conditions that will see key operations remain in the country.
Champagne Deutz to implement new brand representation strategy in US
25/11/2011 - 08:58
French champagne producer Champagne Deutz will implement a new Regional Representation strategy beginning 2012, allowing importers / distributors outside the Champagne Louis Roederer network to represent the brand in the US.
Spar full-year profit lags consensus
22/11/2011 - 07:57
Johannesburg - Grocery retailer Spar Group [JSE:SPP] missed forecasts with a 3.3% rise in full-year profit as tough competition, weak selling prices and fragile consumer demand weighed on its margins.
Consol’s R1,9bn green plant opens
18/11/2011 - 08:39
Consol Glass has officially opened its R1,1bn new environmentally efficient, world-class plant in Nigel near Johannesburg, mainly producing bottles for alcoholic beverages.
SAB grows market share and revenue
18/11/2011 - 08:20
Despite flat lager volume growth and a decline in soft drink volumes in its home market, SAB still managed to grow turnover and market share in the six months ended September, the company said yesterday.
SABMiller eyes tougher time in Europe, US
18/11/2011 - 08:01
London - Brewer SABMiller [JSE:SAB] narrowly missed forecasts with an 11% rise in half-year earnings on Thursday, and warned that trading in Europe and North America will stay tough as its input costs tick higher.
SABMiller invests $295m in Peru subsidiary
17/11/2011 - 10:52
Global brewing giant SABMiller is to invest in a $295 million capital investment programme in its Peruvian subsidiary Backus.
Heineken, Coca-Cola Hellenic to raise stakes in European JV
11/11/2011 - 09:19
Dutch brewing major HEINEKEN and Coca-Cola Hellenic have reached an agreement to acquire 41.2% shares in their joint venture beverage company, Pivara Skopje, in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in Europe.
New Belgian craft beer lands in UK market
10/11/2011 - 10:02
SABMiller subsidiary Miller Brands has signed a distribution deal with Van Steenberge Brewery and Sint Stefanus Monastery of Belgium, to launch a new craft beer, St Stefanus Belgian abbey beer, in the UK.
Diageo serves up Smirnoff cocktail in new bag-in-box
08/11/2011 - 10:08
Drinks giant Diageo is launching a ready-to-serve cocktail dispense system using Rapak bag-in-box technology.
Cheers to new wine markets
07/11/2011 - 08:40
Hong Kong - Hong Kong's wine imports have remained strong even as global economic uncertainty cuts demand for luxury goods, underscoring the city's credentials as a preeminent wine hub buoyed by strong demand from mainland Chinese buyers.
African roots create market for SABMiller
02/11/2011 - 15:35
Brewer launches low cost cassava-based beer for Mozambican market to capture previously untapped low income earners
Canadian wineries team up to form joint venture
01/11/2011 - 09:08
Canada-based Wayne Gretzky Estate Winery has entered into partnership with Andrew Peller Estates to form a Joint Venture with an aim to accelerate the growth of Wayne Gretzky Wines across Canada.
Odom-Southern buys Washington wine wholesaler Cavatappi
31/10/2011 - 09:14
Odom-Southern of the Pacific Northwest, a joint venture of Southern Wine & Spirits of America and the Odom Corporation has purchased Washington-based fine wine wholesaler Cavatappi Distribuzione (Cavatappi).
Rupert wines appoints new MD
28/10/2011 - 09:01
Wine estates were managed by Anthonij Rupert who died in 2001, now Baumgarten and Sutherland from Graham Beck Wines bring their expertise
China's Yanjing beer gets new distributor in Spain
27/10/2011 - 10:22
The Yanjing Beer Group, a Chinese beverage producer, has selected Miquel Alimentació Group as the new and exclusive distributor of its Yanjing beer in Spain.
Diageo continues partnership with Southern Wine & Spirits
27/10/2011 - 10:18
Global premium spirits, wine, and beer producer Diageo has extended its agreements with Southern Wine & Spirits of America (Southern), a national wine and spirits distributor in the US. Southern will now continue to be the spirits company's exclusive distributor for eight US states.
Heineken Revenue Beats Estimates
26/10/2011 - 10:16
Heineken NV, the world’s third- biggest brewer by volume, reported revenue growth that beat estimates as sales in western Europe fell less than expected.
East African Breweries delays sale
25/10/2011 - 08:23
SABMiller official confirms delay saying the process was awaiting approval of some documents by parties including Tanzania’s capital markets regulator
Jim Beam Meeting Skinnygirl Invites $11 Billion Liquor Takeover: Real M&A
24/10/2011 - 09:22
Jim Beam bourbon and Skinnygirl cocktails may be enough to convince Pernod-Ricard SA (RI) and Diageo Plc (DGE) to attempt the biggest spirits acquisition in six years.
Tennent's Lager to expand into new international markets
21/10/2011 - 09:42
Irish beer and cider producer C&C Group said its Tennent's Lager brand is set to expand into new international markets. The company is planning to take the beer, which is currently sold in Australia and Canada, to the US early next year and later to other countries in Europe.
SABMiller SA lager volumes flat, up 3% globally
20/10/2011 - 09:54
SABMiller, one of the world's largest brewers with interests and distribution agreements across six continents, on Wednesday noted flat lager volumes in its native market South Africa in the first half of its 2012 financial year, impacted by weaker consumer demand. Overall however, the group said it sold 3% more beer in the first half.
SABMiller in strategic alliance with Anadolu Efes
19/10/2011 - 10:36
International brewer SABMiller and Anadolu Efes on Wednesday unveiled plans to form a strategic alliance that would create an entity that would hold the number two market position, in value terms, in the Russian beer market.
Major global firm offers to buy VuQo premium vodka maker
18/10/2011 - 09:54
VuQo Holdings Corp, the producer of VuQo Premium Vodka, said the company has received a letter of acquisition from a major global company known for establishing and operating bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and hotel and resort properties.
BrewDog uncaps brand's first beer brewed under seawater
17/10/2011 - 09:21
Scottish craft brewing giant BrewDog has unveiled a new beer that is brewed at the bottom of the North Sea. The beer, by name Sunk Punk, is said to be the first beer to be brewed underwater.
Winemaker Bodegas Riojanas Targets Annual Profit Growth of as Much as 10%
12/10/2011 - 09:36
Bodegas Riojanas SA (RIO), a Spanish producer of Rioja wine founded in 1890, expects full-year earnings to climb from a year earlier as promotions and lower operating costs offset a battered domestic market.
Trump name boosts fledgling Va wine industry
11/10/2011 - 09:04
Virginia's fledgling wine industry got a global boost Tuesday from Donald Trump's millions of dollars, his celebrity and his luxury properties worldwide where wine from his new vineyard will be a staple.
KWV ‘plays legal points’ against shareholder proposal
07/10/2011 - 08:55
A legal battle is brewing between wine and spirits group KWV and some of its minority shareholders, led by activist Chris Logan, following moves by the minority shareholders to present a resolution to shareholders at the company’s upcoming annual general meeting (AGM).
Report of buyout talks sends SABMiller up 10%
07/10/2011 - 08:20
SABMiller "unlikely" to be bought by AB InBev because of the potential cost of exiting joint ventures, and the price of a takeover according to London analyst.
Pearlfisher re-brands Wyld Wood cider PKBR
05/10/2011 - 10:56
UK-based design agency Pearlfisher has created a new brand identity for Westons Cider’s Wyld Wood Premium Organic cider.
French wine producer reports success with ProLiner PP30
04/10/2011 - 10:30
Used by Castel for the application of labels in its two bottling centers of Castel Languedoc Roussillon and Blanquefort Bordeaux, the UPM Raflatac ProLiner PP30 release liner has allowed the French wine company to improve its productivity and environmental performance.
Diageo Outbids SABMiller, Heinekein With $225 Million For Ethiopian Brewer
04/10/2011 - 09:45
Diageo Plc (DGE), the world’s largest distiller, agreed to buy Ethiopia’s state-owned Meta Abo Brewery for $225 million after outbidding SABMiller Plc (SAB) and Heineken NV. (HEIA)
Ad industry unites against ban
03/10/2011 - 08:26
Cape Town - Members of the advertising industry have come together in an effort to prevent the government's proposed ban on alcohol advertising, it emerged on Friday.
Alcohol ad ban will close firms - agency
30/09/2011 - 08:56
Johannesburg - Banning alcohol advertising will force small and medium outdoor advert companies to close down, Out of Home Media SA (OHMSA) said on Thursday.
SAB launches Brutal Fruit in new packaging
29/09/2011 - 10:24
South African Breweries (SAB) brand and alcohol-based cooler Brutal Fruit has relaunched with a new look from SpearPackaging Africa.
Alcohol ad ban for sponsors, says minister
29/09/2011 - 09:09
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s proposed ban on liquor advertising would wipe out all sports sponsorships by alcohol companies if it became law.
SAB’s past 12 years a lot to swallow
26/09/2011 - 08:46
In 1999 at the time South African Breweries transferred its primary listing to London it was a very big fish in a small pond. Just more than 12 years and about $30 billion (R247bn) worth of acquisitions later, SABMiller is a big fish in a very big pond. In terms of revenue it is the second largest beer group in the world, trailing a good bit behind Anheuser-Busch-Inbev (AB-Inbev).
South African wine bottles get 'smart'
23/09/2011 - 14:28
South African website wine.co.za is offering free QR-codes - codes that can be read by smartphones - to local wine estates for use on their bottles, giving consumers quick and easy access to information about the wine on the internet.
Australian wine seeks new markets amid falling sales
23/09/2011 - 10:48
New figures show sales of Australian wine have fallen sharply as the industry faces its worst slowdown in a decade and a half.
Bosses defend iconic Foster's sale
22/09/2011 - 08:55
Sydney - Foster's executives on Thursday defended the decision to approve a takeover for the iconic Australian brewer that will put it in foreign hands for the first time in its 150-year history.
Restrictions looming for liquor advertising
19/09/2011 - 09:07
The recent call for a total ban on the advertising of alcohol by the national Minister of Health prompted the organisers of the 3rd Annual Western Cape Liquor Conference include this issue for discussion at the conference held on the 9th of September.
SABMiller’s application rejected
09/09/2011 - 08:54
Foster’s rejected SABMiller offer worth A$9,25bn or A$4,7675 per share as too low, company says it is open to discussing a "sensible" bid
Michael Fridjhon Wine
02/09/2011 - 15:38
Old wine is something of an acquired taste. For many enthusiasts, anything with more than 10 years in the bottle is an unknown experience. The culture of ageing wine began its retreat in the inflationary years of the 1970s. It gathered pace as producers developed ways — such as focusing on early-release varieties — to make their wines market-ready sooner.
SAB: Licence moratorium harms economy
02/09/2011 - 08:25
Johannesburg - A six-month moratorium on the issuing of new liquor licences in Gauteng is hurting the economy, SA Breweries (SAB) said on Thursday.
No outright ban on alcohol ads seen
31/08/2011 - 13:36
But team plans "significant" restrictions on alcohol advertising and, possibly, a ban in particular segments of the media
Gauteng liquor licence moratorium stays
30/08/2011 - 08:36
Pretoria - The chaos at the Gauteng Liquor Board would become worse if an urgent application for the setting aside of a moratorium on issuing licences were to be granted.
Weak Foster’s results give SABMiller’s offer a chance
29/08/2011 - 08:30
A sustained appreciation in the value of the Australian dollar or the arrival of an aggressive private equity player are regarded as the only factors that might impede SABMiller’s success in acquiring control of Australian brewer Foster’s.
SA vineyard workers maltreated - report
23/08/2011 - 10:36
Johannesburg - Workers at vineyards producing South Africa's internationally renowned wines are denied many of their basic rights, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report said on Tuesday.
SABMiller make new offer for Foster’s
17/08/2011 - 08:40
SABMiller has made a new offer to acquire the Australian brewer after the original offer was rejected
South African Wines reached milestone - 10 local wines achieve perfect score
15/08/2011 - 08:52
August 11, saw SAWi celebrating the achievements of South Africa’s top wines with laureates and guests welcomed at Longridge Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. This was indeed an historic occasion, considering the results which is setting a new quality benchmark for South African wines with no less than 10 wines achieving a perfect 100 points.
SA wine bottling industry in economic decline
10/08/2011 - 14:26
The Simondium bottling plant of FirstCape Vineyards, the biggest exporter of SA wine to the UK, stands idle, with 25 workers laid off.
How much is a bottle of wine really worth?
28/07/2011 - 09:12
The World’s most expensive bottle of white wine was recently purchased for £75,000 by a private collector by the name of Christian Vanneque. This rare bottle of white wine, an 1811 Chateau d’Yquem will be on display at Christian Vanneque’s restaurant, the SIP Sunset Grill in Bali, Indonesia, when this establishment opens in September.
Most expensive bottle of white wine ever sold for £75,000
27/07/2011 - 11:38
This is certainly a bottle of wine to save for a very special occasion. The precious bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem today became the world's most valuable bottle of white wine, after it was sold for £75,000.
Boschendal wine farm to be sold
26/07/2011 - 09:36
Johannesburg - IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFH) said on Monday that it had signed a sale of shares agreement with Cinmark Twenty Seven for the sale of wine farm Boschendal from its subsidiary IFA Boschendal Investments and JCI Investment Finance, in a deal worth R700m.
Backlash against SABMiller pay plan
22/07/2011 - 10:27
London - Brewer SABMiller suffered a backlash from investors when 16% of shareholders voting at the company's annual shareholder meeting opposed last year's pay awards to directors.
SABMiller beer volumes rise
22/07/2011 - 10:18
London - Brewer SABMiller reported a rise in first-quarter beer volumes led on continued growth in emerging markets, but kept the market guessing if it will sweeten its bid for Australia's Fosters.
KWV chief quits abruptly
18/07/2011 - 10:35
Johannesburg - KWV CEO Thys Loubser has resigned with immediate effect, its majority owner Hosken Consolidated Investments, said on Friday.
Government backs new wine tourism Vindaba to boost SA tourism
14/07/2011 - 15:28
As the National Tourism Sector Strategy works towards positioning South Africa as one of the world’s top 20 travel destinations by 2020, key stakeholders in wine and tourism are uniting to present the country’s first specialist wine tourism exhibition, Vindaba.
Alcohol ad ban would cost jobs and revenue: analyst
07/07/2011 - 10:41
A complete ban on alcohol advertising will result in a total loss of revenue, including sponsorship, sports development leveraging, events and below the line activities, of R2.6 billion, a preliminary impact study has found.
SABMiller and Foster's can benefit – Moody's
29/06/2011 - 09:19
SABMiller’s A$9.5 billion (R68.4bn) takeover offer for Foster's Group would benefit both companies' earnings and help them cut costs if a deal was completed, Moody's Investors Service said yesterday.
Investec punts SABMiller despite Foster's bid
28/06/2011 - 12:08
London - Investec Securities recommended buying shares in SABMiller [JSE:SAB] on Tuesday as it became one of the first brokers to see the positive in its bid for Australian beermaker Foster’s Group.
SAB awarded for water care efforts - Top honours for 2nd consecutive year
27/06/2011 - 12:29
The South African Breweries Limited's (SAB) progressive efforts to conserve water have been acknowledged for a second consecutive year during the annual Mail and Guardian Greening the Future Awards, held in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, yesterday.
Foster’s rejects SABMiller offer
21/06/2011 - 12:42
Foster’s Group on Tuesday rejected a non-binding, conditional proposal from the world’s second-largest brewer, SABMiller .
SABMiller share falls as Foster’s bid rejected
21/06/2011 - 00:00
JOHANNESBURG - The SABMiller share price dropped R8.40 or 3.5% to R234.70 hours after the board of Foster’s, the iconic Australian brewer, rejected SABMiller’s A$11.2bn bid.
Amarula's secret recipe revealed
09/06/2011 - 09:48
Cape Town - Distell’s secret regarding the composition of its Amarula Cream liqueur is out and there is speculation that the liqueur’s image could suffer in the eyes of consumers.
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2001 Awards - An Unsurprising Surprise
06/06/2011 - 15:06
In the most closely contested race since the inaugural event in 2002, Spier edged ahead of Thelema Mountain Vineyards to take the Fairbairn Capital Trophy for the Top Producer at the 2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.
brandhouse Responsible Drinking Media Awards winners announced
06/06/2011 - 14:28
The winners of the 2011 brandhouse Responsible Drinking Media Awards were announced at a cocktail reception ceremony at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on Wednesday (1 June) evening.
SABMiller sells stake in Kenya Breweries
06/06/2011 - 07:58
Johannesburg - SABMiller on Monday announced that its subsidiary SABMiller Africa has agreed to sell its 20% shareholding in Kenya Breweries to East African Breweries for about $225m in cash.
SAB denies MEC’s licences claim
02/06/2011 - 13:03
SOUTH African Breweries (SAB), the local unit of SABMiller , has expressed concern about comments by Gauteng economic development MEC Qedani Mahlangu on the sale of liquor to unlicensed outlets, saying it does not sell liquor to people who do not have licences, as she claimed in a press briefing on Tuesday.
Best of wine tourism awards open on new wave of optimism
27/05/2011 - 09:31
New Government backing for South African wine tourism, Cape Town’s selection as the top city in the Travelers’ Choice Destination by the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, and the inclusion of three Cape restaurants on the 2011 S.Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants list were all great news for local wineries, said industry spokesperson André Morgenthal.
SABMiller’s profit floats higher on strong volume growth
20/05/2011 - 10:24
SABMiller’s South African subsidiary, SAB, posted strong results in the year to March as both lager and soft drink volumes increased and a new business strategy launched in 2009 gained traction.
Emerging markets boost SABMiller
19/05/2011 - 11:22
London - Strong growth in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia and Latin America helped brewing giant SABMiller beat forecasts with a 19% rise in annual earnings while Europe and North America proved tougher.
Hong Kong is a bipolar market for wine, says expert on Asia
17/05/2011 - 08:25
Hong Kong is the Wall Street of Asia and the home of fine wine, deep pockets and big cellars, according to Debra Meiburg, a Master of Wine, international wine judge and consultant to producers trading in Asian markets.
A sobering thought
10/05/2011 - 16:12
The threat of a ban on alcohol advertising looms large – and has massive implication to our industry. Tanya Farber and Jeremy Daniel investigate.
Cape wine masters graduate
09/05/2011 - 15:03
Three new graduates have been awarded Diplomas as Cape Wine Masters at a ceremony being hosted by Lourensford Estate in Somerset West on Friday, May 6.
Self-taught winemaker wins Van Ryn's award for Brandy excellence
09/05/2011 - 08:56
Newly graduated Cape Wine Master (CMW) Mary-Lou Nash is the 2011 winner of the Van Ryn’s Award for Brandy Excellence, achieving the highest score in the section of the Cape Wine Academy’s Cape Wine Masters’ examination, devoted to brandy.
Distell’s amazing legal battle to save tax on Amarula
05/05/2011 - 17:11
LIQUOR giant Distell waged — and lost — a four-year legal battle to avoid paying higher excise duty on its flagship liqueur Amarula after it was classified as a spirit-based drink, rather than a wine-based one, court documents show.
SA punts wine tourism for growth
04/05/2011 - 11:08
Stellenbosch - Wine tourism was one of the fastest growing and most lucrative sectors of the global tourism market, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Monday.