“Where I grew up, we called it the mshana bag. But across the continent of Africa, the bag has many names: the China bag, mme se keile, Ghana-must-go, khumbul'ekhaya. Each of those names has a story behind it, but each story has one thing in common. They’re all stories about a struggle for a better life. Because this bag, much like most people living on this continent, hasn’t had things easy,” says South African designer, Dennis Chuene.
With less than 400 000 African elephants left and one lost every 15 minutes of every day to ivory poaching, experts indicate that this majestic species will be extinct by 2030! To protect Africa’s heritage and further entrench their commitment to conservation, Amarula has joined forces with Kenyan-based conservation organisation WildlifeDirect, working closely with their CEO Dr Paula Kahumbu.
The Three Ships Select, launched in 1977 as South Africa’s first whisky product, has been awarded with a double gold at the 2016 China Wine and Spirits Awards. Andy Watts, master distiller of Three Ships Whisky says it’s incredible that a whisky at such a competitive price point receives such recognition. “If one considers that back in 1977 when we first made this whisky, the South African whisky industry was non-existing. Over the years we have invested in modern technology, created a dedicated barrel policy and refined our own unique style of whisky-making. The brand Three Ships also expanded to include an additional three different whiskies, each with their own style expression and internationally award-winning.”
Three Ships Whisky, proudly South African and internationally lauded, has launched a limited edition 10 Year Old Single Malt, one that carries a 2005 vintage statement.
PIC gets nod to purchase stake in Distell
30/03/2017 - 11:44
The Competition Tribunal approved a transaction in which the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) will purchase a share of Distell, it announced.
Distell positions itself as employer of choice both in South Africa and beyond
13/03/2017 - 10:29
Technology remains a key driver across all areas of an organisation, with the attraction, acquisition, and retention of top talent no exception. “The last few years have seen significant changes,” comments Brett Parker, Managing Director, SAP Africa, referencing the move to digital and mobile as case in point.“What was once the exception has become the norm, placing huge pressure on organisations to adapt.”
Why Distell toasts acquisitions
24/02/2017 - 11:17
Liquor conglomerate Distell has its eye on game changers in the industry.
AB InBev to cut manager jobs in SA
23/01/2017 - 12:57
AB InBev stresses the voluntary severance targeting management will not interfere with commitments on post-merger employment
Distell free of stifling control but minorities seem jumpy
19/01/2017 - 11:55
Judging by the share price movement over the past four weeks, minority shareholders in Distell have still not come to terms with the unexpected news that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) will be acquiring the 26.4% of the company held by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev).
AB InBev to sell stake in Distell to South African fund PIC
19/12/2016 - 09:30
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV agreed to sell SABMiller Plc’s stake in South African drinks maker Distell Group Ltd. to Africa’s largest pension administrator, clearing another regulatory hurdle in the brewing industry’s biggest-ever deal.
PIC to buy AB InBev’s stake in Distell
15/12/2016 - 10:10
The Public Investment Corporation, which invests state-employee pension funds, will buy global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev’s stake in Distell.
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.
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.
Distell aims for China cider fizz
01/09/2016 - 09:23
LIQUOR conglomerate Distell believes the market for in China has enormous potential, and could grow to the same size as the South African market within 10 years.
Wine industry prop is now a world standard
24/08/2016 - 15:14
Wine enthusiasts, especially those whose preference is for small-batch production of handcrafted wines, conveniently forget for most of the 20th century the Cape wine industry would not have survived without the Cape brandy industry.
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.
Trade of the Month: Distell vs Capevin
15/08/2016 - 15:02
THE reasons for the continued existence of low-key holding company Capevin are rather murky, but at least the value proposition is easy to divine.
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.
Local cider brand Hunter’s gets ready to ‘Bring the Heat’ with refreshing new campaign
01/07/2016 - 10:47
South Africans will see the launch of a refreshing new campaign from Hunter’s today (Friday, July 1), which moves the brand away from the desert to the heat of the urban environment and introduces a new face for the cider.
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).
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.
Vasari has big ambitions for KWV
20/06/2016 - 12:04
The new controlling shareholder of liquor group KWV Holdings will have its work cut out to fortify profits in the brandy sector.
Union and brewers locked in BEE row
08/06/2016 - 11:41
A dispute is still raging between the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) and the merging parties in the process of creating the world’s largest brewer in a $108bn deal.
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.
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”.
Moves to revive SA’s wobbly brandy industry
14/03/2016 - 09:16
Brandy makers are working to revive interest in their product amid declining local consumption.
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 plans to curb Angolan expansion
19/02/2016 - 11:10
Liquor brands conglomerate Distell reported strong growth in Southern African markets, but the economic hangover from a lower oil price has drastically curtailed expansion plans in Angola.
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.
Treasury proposes lower excise duty for brandy
18/12/2015 - 12:19
SA’s Treasury proposed a 10% cut in excise duties on brandy on Thursday, saying the alcoholic spirit was at a cost disadvantage to competitors due to stringent regulations on how it should be produced.
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.
Remgro eyes SABMiller cleanout
21/10/2015 - 09:15
Remgro may buy SABMiller’s 27% stake in liquor group Distell if it comes into play following the Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB Inbev) buyout of the brewer.
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.
Distell, Nampak prop up Zimbabwean units - Zimbabwe
17/02/2015 - 13:19
Nampak and Distell are shoring up their units in Zimbabwe, buoyed by growing demand from a local market that has been hit by a productivity slump and operational constraints.
Prudent SAB mulls spirits business
18/11/2014 - 09:49
Though synergies between beer and spirits businesses are often difficult to find, SABMiller could grow its spirits portfolio in Africa with a "measured" approach, CEO Alan Clark said last week.
Capevin rise sparks Distell rumours
09/10/2014 - 12:09
Cape Town — Changes may be afoot in the control structure of liquor giant Distell after shares in its holding company, Capevin, touched a record high on Tuesday.
Expectations of Remgro mount as share price discount narrows
23/09/2014 - 10:57
Remgro, the R118bn investment behemoth owned by the Rupert family, is facing great market expectations, with its latest results showing the share price discount on its underlying investments has been whittled down to just a sliver.
Liquor firms look north as African market grows - Zimbabwe
18/09/2014 - 12:12
Harare - The African alcohol market is beckoning for South African beverage firms after a new report predicted on Friday that the East African spirits and brandy market could grow by as much as 30 percent in the next 10 years.
Distell growth slows on consumer woes
27/08/2014 - 11:01
Johannesburg - Distell’s second-half sales growth halved to about 2 percent by volume, compared with the first six months of the fiscal year, Richard Rushton, the managing director of South Africa’s biggest wine and spirits producer, said by phone.
Rules for premium brandy tightened
13/08/2014 - 14:36
Brandy drinkers who consider themselves connoisseurs will have something to cheer about, as new rules may mean an improvement in the quality of premium brandy.
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.
Distell pays out to BEE shareholders
12/03/2014 - 08:02
Stellenbosch - Distell has paid out in excess of R600m after tax to about 4 000 employees as part of the company’s employee share ownership plan (Esop), the company said on Monday.
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.
Cream recalled after E. Coli scare, New Zealand
15/01/2014 - 07:59
New Zealand's Fonterra said it was recalling products distributed in the country that had been contaminated with E.Coli bacteria in the second food-safety scare faced by the company in less than six months.
Distell taps into China's cognac market
09/10/2013 - 10:23
Johannesburg - South African liquor company Distell Group Limited [JSE:DST] has acquired a 60% share in fast-growing liquor distribution company CJ Wines & Spirits‚ expanding its presence in the East.
Distell defies tough market to post revenue rise of 12%
22/08/2013 - 11:16
The Distell Group succeeded in raising revenue 11,9% to R15,9bn on a sales volume increase of 7,2% for the year to June 2013. This was despite exceptionally tough trading conditions, marked by a global slowdown in economic growth, contracted disposable income and reduced consumer spending in many of the regions where it markets its range of spirits, wines and ciders and RTDs.
Growth in SA and Africa buoy Distell in tough times
27/02/2013 - 08:08
Continued growth in sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, and the benefits derived from a weak rand resulted in the Distell Group raising revenue year-on-year by 9,3% to R8,7 billion for the six months to December 2012.
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.
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.
Sub-Saharan Africa helps lift Distell revenue by 15%
27/08/2012 - 11:27
Wine and spirits conglomerate Distell achieved strong results in the year to June, with 15 percent growth in revenue from the South African and export markets. It lifted revenue to R14.2 billion, helped by a favourable exchange rate.
Researchers want healthier food made cheaper
05/07/2012 - 09:16
The government needs to do more to protect South Africans from the lure of junk food by making healthier food cheaper and more readily available, say researchers from the University of the Western Cape.
SA farmers court Asian market
26/06/2012 - 07:58
Johannesburg - South African maize and citrus farmers are setting their sights on Asia as they grapple with increasing competition in Africa and falling demand in Europe.
Distell sees 5% rise in grape yield
12/04/2012 - 09:34
Detailed information about optimal ripening helps the company plan harvest of individual vineyards, good sales growth lifts profits
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.
Blower-powered bottle dryer helps ensure product integrity cost effectively
09/02/2012 - 09:09
Haus Rabenhorst is a leading producer of the highest quality natural fruit and vegetable juices in Germany, with a history that goes back over 200 years. The product range, which comprises the finest quality un-diluted juices, covers more than 70 different fruit and vegetables.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
New tech for old fruits
28/06/2011 - 11:54
Green Cell Technologies' enhanced extraction process has transformed the fruit juice manufacturing industry.
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.
ASDA-IPL provides support to emerging South African table grape farmers
31/05/2011 - 08:06
BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 30, 2011: Walmart businesses ASDA and IPL, in conjunction with the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI), recently facilitated a visit of emerging table grape farmers to the United Kingdom.
SA exporters 'bullied by Brits'
31/05/2011 - 07:38
Cape Town - South African fruit producers supplying the United Kingdom have had enough of supermarkets and their buyers’ bullying tactics, and have now called on the British government to protect them from alleged unethical practices.
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.
Distell Undeterred By Current Market
26/08/2010 - 00:00
Distell has posted year-on-year revenue growth of 8,7% to R11,8 billion on a sales volume increase of 7,3% for the 12 months to June 30, 2010.