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New rooibos aperitif’s journey from a geyser to spirit gravitas

New rooibos aperitif’s journey from a geyser to spirit gravitas

09/12/2016 - 16:02
Despite its experimental beginnings in a geyser, Larry Berger's Spirit of Rooibos is not cheap and cheerful plonks, writes Lesley Stones read more
Pernod sells Domecq brandy line to Spanish venture

Pernod sells Domecq brandy line to Spanish venture

08/12/2016 - 09:50
Pernod Ricard announced last week that it has sold its Domecq brandy line, as well as its product portfolio of wines and brandies, to Spanish company Bodega Las Copas. read more
African botanicals enliven local gin

African botanicals enliven local gin

06/12/2016 - 14:26
Gin, to quote one of a handful of Cape Town artisanal drinks makers, is "having a moment." read more
Traders lament liquor bill’s proposals

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. read more
Bonnievale Wines celebrates a decade of growth

Bonnievale Wines celebrates a decade of growth

29/11/2016 - 15:43
Bonnievale Wines' 10th anniversary, celebrated earlier this month, serves a reminder of the challenges and benefits that come with the choice to strike out on a new path. Bonnievale Wines was formally established on 1 November 2006 through the three-way merger of the Bonnievale, Merwespont, and Nordale co-operative wineries, and its achievements over the last decade have seen Bonnievale Wines become one of the country's largest producers. read more
Jose Cuervo said to delay share sale after talking to investors

Jose Cuervo said to delay share sale after talking to investors

24/11/2016 - 15:03
Jose Cuervo, the world’s largest tequila maker, postponed plans for an initial public offering after reaching out to investors to get a sense of demand, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. read more
Pernod Ricard champagnes awarded for sustainability

Pernod Ricard champagnes awarded for sustainability

21/11/2016 - 10:17
The French ministry for agriculture has awarded the Pernod champagne brands G. H. Mumm and Perrier-Jouët Haute Valeur Environnementale classification, reflecting the sustainable development measures implemented in their production. read more
Cape’s liquor traders weigh booze laws

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. read more
BMi Research wine report 2016

BMi Research wine report 2016

15/11/2016 - 11:15
South African local wine sales increased during 2015 in terms of volume and value. read more
AB-InBev brands attract first bids

AB-InBev brands attract first bids

09/11/2016 - 09:41
London/Warsaw — At least six indicative offers have been submitted by industry players and buyout funds for a group of beer brands being sold by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. read more
World’s largest brewer says craft-beer market slowing down

World’s largest brewer says craft-beer market slowing down

07/11/2016 - 10:01
The craft-beer market – for years, the lone bright spot in an otherwise sluggish industry – is starting to get stale. read more
Winners of Green Wine Awards announced

Winners of Green Wine Awards announced

31/10/2016 - 16:12
Organic is mainstream and this is no more obvious than on the retail shelves, with consumers happy to pay a premium for sustainably produced products. Now in their eighth year, the Green Wine Awards honours wine producers who continue to play an integral role in the provision of eco-friendly wines which embody 'farming for the future' practices. The awards also celebrate wine producers who are passionate about conserving the land while making greener, finer wines with a low carbon footprint. read more
InBev loses fizz on Brazil and US sales

InBev loses fizz on Brazil and US sales

31/10/2016 - 11:12
The Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) share price fell to its lowest level on Friday since its January JSE listing following worse-than-expected results for the three months to end-September. read more
Heineken cheers rise in Q3 beer sales

Heineken cheers rise in Q3 beer sales

27/10/2016 - 11:49
THE HAGUE - Dutch brewing giant Heineken toasted a 2.0 percent growth in global beer sales for the third quarter, boosted by a warm European summer and strong performances in Asia and Mexico. read more
Battle looms over KWV sale

Battle looms over KWV sale

25/10/2016 - 15:27
A battle royal is looming over the proposed payout to dissenting KWV minority shareholders following the sale of the company’s operational assets to Vasari Global, a company controlled by Vivian Imerman read more
World wine output near 20-year low

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. read more
AB InBev, SABMiller deal to cost Delta bottling deal with Coca-Cola

AB InBev, SABMiller deal to cost Delta bottling deal with Coca-Cola

21/10/2016 - 08:19
Harare - The AB InBev, SABMiller deal is set to cost Zimbabwe based associate Delta Corporation (Delta) its bottler's agreements with The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC). read more
SABMiller Zim unit down on dollar crunch

SABMiller Zim unit down on dollar crunch

17/10/2016 - 14:19
Harare - Delta Corporation, the Zimbabwean brewer and soft drinks maker set to be brought under control of the merged entity between SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev [JSE:ANB], said on Monday that its lager beer volumes were down on the back of a dollar crunch and a biting economic landscape. read more
Vasari concludes acquisition of KWV, takes aim at strategic growth opportunities

Vasari concludes acquisition of KWV, takes aim at strategic growth opportunities

14/10/2016 - 14:51
Johannesburg, South Africa – 14 October 2016: Vasari, a leading consumer-focused investment group has completed the acquisition of South African wine and spirits producer KWV Group’s operational assets for ZAR1.15 billion. The acquisition, announced in May 2016 was finalised after securing overwhelming shareholder support and a nod from the South African Competition Commission.  read more
How Liquor Bill will affect Durban pubs, taverns

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. read more
It's official: Goodbye SABMiller. Hello AB InBev

It's official: Goodbye SABMiller. Hello AB InBev

11/10/2016 - 09:03
Cape Town - Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) on Tuesday announced the successful completion of the business combination with SABMiller. read more
CGT on shares of SABMiller a point of dispute

CGT on shares of SABMiller a point of dispute

04/10/2016 - 10:51
Despite rumblings from SA's tax authority suggesting that the opposite could be true, Nedbank Private Wealth believes its offer to SABMiller shareholders - which would delay capital gains tax (CGT) liabilities on profit earned in the Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) takeover - is provided for in the Income Tax Act. read more
Megabrew merger is a done deal, after AB InBev, SABMiller votes

Megabrew merger is a done deal, after AB InBev, SABMiller votes

28/09/2016 - 15:56
SABMiller shareholders have approved the brewer’s $104bn takeover by larger rival Anheuser-Busch InBev. read more
Most SABMiller votes said to back AB InBev takeover bid

Most SABMiller votes said to back AB InBev takeover bid

27/09/2016 - 15:58
London - Most SABMiller [JSE:SAB] investors voting by proxy supported Anheuser-Busch InBev’s [JSE:ANB] R1.4bn takeover offer in advance of Wednesday’s shareholder meeting, an early indication that the deal will go forward, according to people familiar with the matter. read more
South African whisky imports drop 9% in the first half of 2016

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. read more
Record prices for SA wine

Record prices for SA wine

19/09/2016 - 08:37
Cape Town - Record prices were achieved at the 42nd annual Nederburg Auction at the weekend, with total sales amounting to R7 593 200. read more
Chinese brewer eyes SABMiller’s European assets

Chinese brewer eyes SABMiller’s European assets

15/09/2016 - 10:30
LONDON/HONG KONG — China Resources Beer Holdings, maker of the world’s most consumed beer, is considering a bid for SABMiller’s central and Eastern European assets, valued at about $6bn, according to people familiar with the matter. read more
 Heineken takes on SAB in SA

Heineken takes on SAB in SA

14/09/2016 - 08:45
Johannesburg - Heineken’s recent introduction of Sol Mexican lager to South Africa forms part of a plan to boost its market share in a country dominated by soon-to-be-acquired SABMiller read more
 Arab beer brewers take on multi-nationals

Arab beer brewers take on multi-nationals

12/09/2016 - 10:36
Fuheis — It took gumption to pour millions of dollars into starting a brewery in an overwhelmingly Muslim country where many frown on consuming alcohol. read more
Distell aims for China cider fizz

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. read more
Brewer AB InBev to cut 5,500 jobs after SABMiller merger

Brewer AB InBev to cut 5,500 jobs after SABMiller merger

29/08/2016 - 08:42
BRUSSELS - The world's top brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev will cut around 5,500 jobs after it completes its huge merger with rival SABMiller, a source with knowledge of the matter told AFP on Friday. read more
Wine industry prop is now a world standard

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. read more
SABMiller’s exit will leave City springboks an endangered breed

SABMiller’s exit will leave City springboks an endangered breed

24/08/2016 - 14:52
A High Court ruling has brought SABMiller a step closer to quitting the London stock market, where it features as the largest group with South African roots. The £79bn takeover by AB InBev of Belgium, scheduled for completion in October, could mark the beginning of the end of SA’s City adventure. read more
AB InBev to dominate top jobs after SABMiller deal

AB InBev to dominate top jobs after SABMiller deal

23/08/2016 - 14:37
London - Anheuser Busch (AB) InBev [JSE:ANB] managers will take all but one of 19 key positions following the brewer's R1.45trn-plus takeover of rival SABMiller [JSE:SAB], according to details of the transaction announced on Thursday.  read more
SA wine exports set to soar over 10 years

SA wine exports set to soar over 10 years

22/08/2016 - 15:57
South African wine exports are projected to grow 13% in the next decade‚ according to the latest Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy baseline report‚ which provides a snapshot of the country's wine industry and the broader agricultural sector. read more
Another go at the grape

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. read more
Wine lollies set to hit SA market

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. read more
Fawu's fight in AB InBev's takeover of SABMiller pays off

Fawu's fight in AB InBev's takeover of SABMiller pays off

16/08/2016 - 08:41
WORKERS at South African Breweries (SAB) who own shares through the Zenzele scheme are to get an average advance payment of about R32,000 when the deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) goes through, following a hard-fought battle by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu). read more
Trade of the Month: Distell vs Capevin

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. read more
Time running out for investors to trade in SABMiller on JSE

Time running out for investors to trade in SABMiller on JSE

04/08/2016 - 08:25
IF ALL goes to plan October 5 will be the last day investors will be able to trade in the oldest industrial company on the JSE. read more
SABMiller, AB InBev merger to cross final hurdles, conclude by Oct

SABMiller, AB InBev merger to cross final hurdles, conclude by Oct

02/08/2016 - 16:08
JSE-listed SABMiller and multilisted Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) continue to steadily tick off preconditions and jurisdictional approvals in a landmark deal that will see the two companies merge to form a global beer conglomerate by October. read more
Heineken sales miss estimates on Africa, Russia

Heineken sales miss estimates on Africa, Russia

01/08/2016 - 15:51
London - Heineken, the world’s third-largest brewer, reported sales growth that missed expectations as demand waned in key regions such as Africa, Russia, and the Middle East. read more
KWV to weigh options after asset sale

KWV to weigh options after asset sale

01/08/2016 - 10:39
SHAREHOLDERS in unlisted liquor group KWV Holdings will not taste a rich special dividend anytime soon. read more
Renewed optimism on SABMiller deal buoys AB InBev shares

Renewed optimism on SABMiller deal buoys AB InBev shares

29/07/2016 - 14:02
LONDON — Anheuser-Busch InBev shares rose on Friday on optimism the world’s biggest brewer will manage to complete its $103bn bid for SABMiller after some investors turned bearish on the deal on news that integration efforts had been halted earlier this week. read more
SABMiller trillion rand deal now in disarray

SABMiller trillion rand deal now in disarray

28/07/2016 - 10:46
London - AB InBev’s R1.47trn takeover bid for SABMiller was thrown into disarray after the target company suspended integration of the two brewers following a rebellion from shareholders who say they haven’t been compensated enough for the pound’s recent plunge. read more
LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Shiraz producers have pulled up their socks

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. read more
AB InBev sweetens its offer for SABMiller to R1.48 trillion

AB InBev sweetens its offer for SABMiller to R1.48 trillion

26/07/2016 - 10:18
London - Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev raised its bid for SABMiller to £79bn (R1.48trn), responding to investor concerns about the deal’s structure after the UK’s vote to exit the European Union prompted a slump in sterling. read more
SAB suffers overall decline in net producer revenue

SAB suffers overall decline in net producer revenue

21/07/2016 - 12:40
SABMiller suffered a 4% overall decline in net producer revenue on flat beverage volumes in the June quarter, the first quarter of its financial year. read more
AB InBev, SABMiller deal wins US approval, adds craft beer protections

AB InBev, SABMiller deal wins US approval, adds craft beer protections

21/07/2016 - 08:52
NEW YORK — Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller received approval for their $107bn merger from US antitrust regulators on Wednesday after the companies agreed to unload beer assets and preserve competition from independent craft brewers. read more
Hopes rise that AB InBev will add fizz to deal

Hopes rise that AB InBev will add fizz to deal

20/07/2016 - 09:49
THE SABMiller annual general meeting on Thursday is taking place as speculation mounts about a possible sweetener in the £44 a share offer price to compensate for the post-Brexit weakness in sterling. SABMiller shareholders may look for an update on the board’s undertaking to support the offer from Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) at the meeting. read more
The future is weak for brewer giant AB InBev

The future is weak for brewer giant AB InBev

14/07/2016 - 09:45
ANHEUSER-Busch InBev (AB InBev), which will soon make almost 30% of the world’s beer, wants to serve more low-and no-alcohol brews to drinkers trying to live a healthier lifestyle. read more
Minorities could thwart R1.15bn KWV deal

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. read more
Victory for beer rivals in SAB merger ruling

Victory for beer rivals in SAB merger ruling

05/07/2016 - 13:56
Cape Town – The intervention from South African competitors into Anheuser-Busch InBev’s [JSE:ANB] R1.5trn takeover of SABMiller [JSE:SAB] to ensure a condition was placed down on cooler access was a key change in the Competition Tribunal’s conditions announced on Thursday. read more
Local cider brand Hunter’s gets ready to ‘Bring the Heat’ with refreshing new campaign

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.  read more
Brewers’ merger sets Distell free to take them on in local market

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. read more
Pound’s plunge takes R125bn whack out of SABMiller takeover value

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). read more
SA wine industry could add 100 000 jobs by 2025

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. read more
Beer deal: AB InBev clears hurdle in SA

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. read more
How a Boston start-up is transforming alcohol sales for the digital age

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.  read more
Heineken seeks brewers’ pledge on fridge space and ‘dirty tricks’

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. read more
Vasari has big ambitions for KWV

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. read more
Wanted: Oil traders who can hold their booze - China

Wanted: Oil traders who can hold their booze - China

13/06/2016 - 12:01
Beijing - Chinese independent oil companies are luring traders, marketers and risk managers away from dominant state behemoths, offering better pay and benefits in a hiring spree triggered by the freeing up of China's crude import trade. read more
One of the final hurdles for biggest beer deal almost cleared - China

One of the final hurdles for biggest beer deal almost cleared - China

10/06/2016 - 12:21
Beijing — Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $107bn acquisition of SABMiller is nearing Chinese approval after the companies agreed to divest the maker of Snow beer, the world’s top-selling brand, according to people familiar with the matter. read more
Union and brewers locked in BEE row

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. read more
Moody’s puts SABMiller bonds on review for downgrade

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". read more
AB InBev and SABMiller to exchange regional operations

AB InBev and SABMiller to exchange regional operations

13/05/2016 - 11:38
Anheuser-Busch InBev will swap its breweries in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador for SABMiller’s Panamanian beer and soft-drink businesses.  read more
Distell assembles dream team for new centre of excellence

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.  read more
SABMiller’s BEE scheme may delay takeover

SABMiller’s BEE scheme may delay takeover

26/04/2016 - 12:38
South African-based shareholders will receive more than $100m of the dividend due to be paid by SABMiller in early August if there is a delay in finalising the Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) transaction. read more
SABMiller’s sales gain momentum - UK

SABMiller’s sales gain momentum - UK

22/04/2016 - 12:52
London - SABMiller sold 4 percent more lager in its most recent quarter than a year earlier as momentum improved in the second half of its financial year. read more
Germany marks 500 years of beer purity law - Germany

Germany marks 500 years of beer purity law - Germany

22/04/2016 - 09:11
Andechs - The sound of clinking glass fills the room as a monk inspects one of hundreds of beer bottles passing along the production line at Andechs monastery in Bavaria. read more
Heineken starts year on solid ground - Belgium

Heineken starts year on solid ground - Belgium

21/04/2016 - 09:38
Brussels - Heineken, the world's third-largest brewer, sold far more beer than expected in the first quarter, helped by growth in Vietnam, the Chinese New Year, and an earlier Easter bringing forward sales in Europe and the Americas. read more
China wields increasing power in world wine market - France

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). read more
How much booze is “too much” booze?

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”. read more
Public interest considerations behind SAB merger delay

Public interest considerations behind SAB merger delay

14/04/2016 - 13:13
Johannesburg - Public interest considerations of the planned merger between the world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev and fellow brewing company SABMiller appear to be behind the delay in the Competition Commission’s assessment of the transaction, according to competition law analysts. read more
Beer deal: AB InBev makes EU offer - Belgium

Beer deal: AB InBev makes EU offer - Belgium

12/04/2016 - 14:33
Brussels - Anheuser-Busch InBev made an offer to regulators, which may include asset sales, as part of a plan to win quick European approval for its $105 billion takeover of SABMiller. read more
Beer deal: SA regulator unlikely to meet deadline

Beer deal: SA regulator unlikely to meet deadline

08/04/2016 - 16:13
Johannesburg - South Africa’s Competition Commission probably won’t meet a new April 12 deadline to complete an investigation into Anheuser-Busch InBev’s takeover of SABMiller, further delaying the process of gaining regulatory approval for a combination of the world’s biggest brewers. read more
Business giants who gave SAB its fizz

Business giants who gave SAB its fizz

07/04/2016 - 10:36
South African Breweries (SAB) owned brands that could be counted on two hands 20 years ago, and four of them were Castle: Lager, Draught, Lite, and Milk Stout. The other big brands were Carling Black Label and Hansa. read more
Probe into takeover of SABMiller delayed

Probe into takeover of SABMiller delayed

05/04/2016 - 10:26
The Competition Commission is set to request an extension to Tuesday’s deadline for completion of its investigation into the Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) takeover of SABMiller. read more
Inside London’s craft beer boom - UK

Inside London’s craft beer boom - UK

04/04/2016 - 12:18
London - A growing national thirst for “craft” beers has prompted a surge in the number of new breweries opening in London, new figures released on Tuesday show. read more
Wine upstart drops smart bottle on $300bn industry - USA

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. read more
Klipdrift hopes to benefit from rand depreciation

Klipdrift hopes to benefit from rand depreciation

29/03/2016 - 10:48
Johannesburg - The depreciation of the rand by 25 percent against the dollar last year might be what Klipdrift Brandy needed to stay ahead of the international competitors that have flooded the South African market recently. read more
Chilean wine for France’s premier bike race - Chile

Chilean wine for France’s premier bike race - Chile

29/03/2016 - 09:08
Chimbarongo, Chile - Chilean wine producers are toasting a victory in the battle of emerging wines versus old favourites from the Old Continent: a sponsorship deal with the Tour de France, the most famous bike race in the world. read more
Exciting future for vodka in Africa

Exciting future for vodka in Africa

23/03/2016 - 10:58
Cape Town - Charles Gibbs, president and CEO of Belvedere Vodka, recently visited Cape Town and Fin24 had the opportunity to check in with him on trends in the industry. read more
AB InBev brews jumbo euro bond - UK

AB InBev brews jumbo euro bond - UK

22/03/2016 - 09:23
London — Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), which sold $46bn of bonds in January, is again entering the debt market to raise funds to buy SABMiller. read more
SA’s bad news may be good news for AB InBev

SA’s bad news may be good news for AB InBev

22/03/2016 - 08:48
Of all the countries whose regulators need to approve Anheuser-Busch InBev’s purchase of SABMiller, only one is flirting with a potential junk-bond rating. read more
Zuma’s plea to business bodes well for AB InBev deal

Zuma’s plea to business bodes well for AB InBev deal

17/03/2016 - 10:52
Johannesburg - Of all the countries whose regulators need to approve Anheuser-Busch InBev’s purchase of SABMiller, only one is flirting with a potential junk-bond rating. It’s South Africa. read more
Moves to revive SA’s wobbly brandy industry

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.  read more
SABMiller unit forced to suspend Chibuku beer production - Zimbabwe

SABMiller unit forced to suspend Chibuku beer production - Zimbabwe

04/03/2016 - 09:32
Harare - A health inspection at the Lilongwe plant of SABMiller’s unit has prompted Malawi to suspend Chibuku beer production and operations by Chibuku Products Limited as the country intensifies a crackdown on products deemed unfit for human consumption. read more
SABMiller merger: Cosatu worried about job losses

SABMiller merger: Cosatu worried about job losses

03/03/2016 - 10:09
Johannesburg - Cosatu has vowed to fight the pending merger between SABMiller PLC, Gutsche Family Investments, and Coca-Cola unless a guarantee is made that no jobs would be lost. read more
AB InBev sells SABMiller’s stake in Chinese brewer - China

AB InBev sells SABMiller’s stake in Chinese brewer - China

02/03/2016 - 09:52
Shanghai — The world’s top brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, has agreed to sell SABMiller’s stake in China’s leading beer maker to the local partner for $1.6bn, as part of a mega-merger between the giants. read more
America’s oldest registered distillery turns 150

America’s oldest registered distillery turns 150

25/02/2016 - 12:42
Jack Daniel’s has announced plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg and around the world in 2016. Through special promotions and new products, Jack Daniel’s will share the authentic stories of America’s oldest registered distillery with friends of Jack, both old and new.  read more
Tax hike for South African “sinners”

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. read more
Stellenbosch Vineyards rakes in accolades with double victory

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.  read more
DTI clamps down on illegal boozing

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. read more
Distell plans to curb Angolan expansion

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. read more
Distell, Terlato partnership ‘will boost business’

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. read more
Distell: Zimbabwe unit’s turnover drops - Zimbabwe

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. read more
Asahi eyes Peroni and Grolsch - Japan

Asahi eyes Peroni and Grolsch - Japan

11/02/2016 - 14:56
Tokyo - Asahi Group entered exclusive talks with Anheuser-Busch InBev to acquire the Peroni and Grolsch beer brands for 2.55 billion euros as the Japanese brewer seeks growth outside a stagnating domestic market. read more
Smaller two of the big four brewers scramble to up their game

Smaller two of the big four brewers scramble to up their game

11/02/2016 - 14:30
Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (AB InBev’s) $104bn takeover of SABMiller has not gone through yet, but is already shaking things up. read more
Carlsberg plunges into the red - UK

Carlsberg plunges into the red - UK

11/02/2016 - 14:13
London - Danish brewer Carlsberg said that Wednesday it plunged into the red in 2015 because of large restructuring provisions and declining sales in Europe amid a shrinking Russian beer market. read more