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Pernod Ricard posts stronger sales in quarter one on Chinese demand

Pernod Ricard posts stronger sales in quarter one on Chinese demand

19/10/2017 - 15:09
Pernod Ricard posted a stronger than expected jump in first-quarter underlying sales, helped by accelerating Chinese demand for its high-margin Martell cognac and its Chivas whisky. read more
Rémy Cointreau sees sales grow by 7% in first half

Rémy Cointreau sees sales grow by 7% in first half

19/10/2017 - 09:53
Drinks giant Rémy Cointreau has recorded sales of €544.4 million in the first half of its financial year, with organic growth of 7%. read more
SAB and AB InBev mark one-year anniversary of business combination

SAB and AB InBev mark one-year anniversary of business combination

12/10/2017 - 10:53
The South African Breweries (SAB) and AB Inbev today mark one year since the two global brewers combined their businesses.  read more
AB InBev completes $3.15 billion Coca-Cola Africa transition

AB InBev completes $3.15 billion Coca-Cola Africa transition

06/10/2017 - 11:17
The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) on Thursday announced that it has completed the transition of its 54.5% equity stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) for U.S.$3.15 billion after customary adjustments. read more
Pernod Ricard completes sale of Glenallachie Whisky

Pernod Ricard completes sale of Glenallachie Whisky

04/10/2017 - 09:46
Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has announced the completion of the sale of the Glenallachie Whisky Distillery to a three-person consortium. read more
Distell positioned for acquisitions

Distell positioned for acquisitions

26/09/2017 - 08:42
The pending collapse of the Distell control structure should help the drinks company to enjoy the sort of rating analysts and shareholders say has eluded it in recent years. read more
Diageo warns sales dip in China and India to affect first-half earnings

Diageo warns sales dip in China and India to affect first-half earnings

21/09/2017 - 10:51
Diageo, the maker of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, forecast stronger sales and profit growth in the second half of its financial year after a first half affected by negative factors in China and India and higher spending. read more
Gruppo Campari aims to double African growth

Gruppo Campari aims to double African growth

11/09/2017 - 09:17
Italian liquor giant Gruppo Campari, which started handling its own distribution in SA at the start of 2017, aims to double its revenue flows from African markets in the next few years. read more
Merriment&Co launches in SA

Merriment&Co launches in SA

01/09/2017 - 14:41
There is an innovative new company in the South African liquor space, and it is set to bring new flair and distinction to the industry and exciting new brands to local consumers. read more
Distell sells venerable wine farms and brands

Distell sells venerable wine farms and brands

01/09/2017 - 11:57
Remgro-controlled liquor conglomerate Distell, which aims to double revenue and profits by 2021, is selling long-held wine farms and wine brands as executives look to markedly improve a modest return on assets. read more
Pernod Ricard sees 3.6% sales increase in 2017

Pernod Ricard sees 3.6% sales increase in 2017

01/09/2017 - 09:16
Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has posted a 3.6% increase in organic growth for its full year 2017, with sales totalling €9,010 million. read more
Stronger rand takes a swig of Distell’s profit

Stronger rand takes a swig of Distell’s profit

31/08/2017 - 11:28
Wine and spirits group Distell posted a 15% fall in after-tax profit on revenue up 3.7% in the year to end-June, hit by the stronger rand and impairments. read more
SA’s first craft gin club launches

SA’s first craft gin club launches

29/08/2017 - 17:21
While South Africa has certainly caught gin fever, it might come as a surprise that there are more than 75 local gin brands being produced by 50 local gin distillers dotted around the country. Now, thanks to the launch of The Gin Box, SA’s first craft gin club, gin lovers can enjoy the multitude of locally produced, craft gins and tonics, with a different brand delivered to their door every month. read more
Cost of wine rises in UK supermarkets

Cost of wine rises in UK supermarkets

28/08/2017 - 13:27
The cost of wine in UK supermarkets rose by £0.17 between December 2016 and May 2017, according to IRI data. read more
Aldi private label products win Scotch Whisky Masters honours

Aldi private label products win Scotch Whisky Masters honours

21/08/2017 - 09:48
Five of Aldi UK’s private label whiskies have picked up prizes in the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters, with two gold medals and thee silver medals awarded to the German retailer. read more
Amendment to Liquor Products Act widely welcomed

Amendment to Liquor Products Act widely welcomed

21/08/2017 - 08:52
The Liquor Products Amendment Bill has been widely welcomed by alcohol industry players who say it will go a long way to curbing illicit trade. read more
Booze for Africa is the plan as Distell sets out to lift elbows, profits

Booze for Africa is the plan as Distell sets out to lift elbows, profits

15/08/2017 - 10:43
Reward over risk is what Distell - the maker of wine brands such as Nederburg and Two Oceans, whisky Scottish Leader and Three Ships and cider Hunter's and Savanna - wants from its ventures into Africa. read more
Japan’s Sapporo to acquire US brewer Anchor

Japan’s Sapporo to acquire US brewer Anchor

08/08/2017 - 14:31
Anchor Brewing, a century-old San Francisco brewer that helped pioneer the craft-beer movement, will be acquired by Sapporo Holdings, part of a push by Japanese beverage companies to seek growth on US soil. read more
Distell flat on multibillion-rand acquisition news

Distell flat on multibillion-rand acquisition news

01/08/2017 - 15:36
News of a multibillion-rand acquisition staggered over two years did little to move Distell’s share price. The announcement about the first phase of a potential R8.6bn acquisition was released at the close of trade on Friday. By Monday, the share had edged up to close at R144.47, far off its 12-month high of R172.61. read more
Hennessy sees Kenya as growth frontier as cognac sales start

Hennessy sees Kenya as growth frontier as cognac sales start

01/08/2017 - 09:14
Hennessy, the world’s largest maker of cognac, has started distributing its products in Kenya to tap Africa’s second-largest luxury-goods market.  read more
Heineken first-half earnings beat estimates, operating profit up 5.9%

Heineken first-half earnings beat estimates, operating profit up 5.9%

31/07/2017 - 10:21
Heineken NV, the world’s second-largest brewer, reported first-half profit that beat analyst estimates, helped by warm summer weather in Europe and growing demand for more expensive beers in Asia. read more
AB InBev earnings beat estimates on SABMiller takeover savings

AB InBev earnings beat estimates on SABMiller takeover savings

27/07/2017 - 13:26
Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, reported second-quarter profit growth that beat analysts’ estimates as it benefited from higher prices and cost savings after the acquisition of SABMiller. read more
Growth in SA helped AB InBev overcome declines in Americas

Growth in SA helped AB InBev overcome declines in Americas

27/07/2017 - 08:58
Double-digit beer volume growth in SA helped Anheuser-Busch InBev offset declines in the US, Brazil, and Columbia, SAB’s owner said in its first-half results statement on Thursday morning. read more
Hennessy sees Kenya as growth frontier as cognac sales start

Hennessy sees Kenya as growth frontier as cognac sales start

26/07/2017 - 10:34
Hennessy, the world’s largest maker of cognac, has started distributing its products in Kenya to tap Africa’s second-largest luxury-goods market.  read more
To save Chilean wine, producers head South

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. read more
Alcohol industry criticises government’s ‘vague’ socioeconomic study

Alcohol industry criticises government’s ‘vague’ socioeconomic study

24/07/2017 - 10:29
The South African Liquor Brand Owners Association (Salba) has criticised the government’s inadequate socioeconomic impact assessment of the draft Liquor Amendment Bill because of its failure to quantify the effect on jobs and the economy. read more
Rémy Cointreau posts 8% organic growth in first quarter

Rémy Cointreau posts 8% organic growth in first quarter

24/07/2017 - 09:57
Drinks giant Rémy Cointreau has posted organic growth (at constant currency levels) of 8.0% in the first quarter of its financial year, driven by a strong performance by its group brands (+12.3%). read more
Brand Chenin as SA's wine specialty, says leading US commentator

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. read more
Italian organic wine exports increase 40% in 2016

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. read more
Shelf-serving liquor displays oust the little guys

Shelf-serving liquor displays oust the little guys

17/07/2017 - 10:09
On the shop floor the battle of the shelf wars has intensified, as big beverage companies move to entrench their position by squeezing out smaller competitors from prime display space. read more
Thirst for beer has AB InBev brewing more

Thirst for beer has AB InBev brewing more

13/07/2017 - 10:03
The economy may be experiencing a bad hangover, but that has not decreased the South African appetite for beer. read more
Liquor traders condemn tough new regulations

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.  read more
Carlsberg acquires London Fields Brewery

Carlsberg acquires London Fields Brewery

06/07/2017 - 09:46
Global brewing company Carlsberg has announced that it is acquiring London Fields Brewery, in a joint venture with New York's Brooklyn Brewery. read more
Remgro and Distell to gain from dismantling Capevin

Remgro and Distell to gain from dismantling Capevin

23/06/2017 - 09:21
Liquor giant Distell, which owns best-selling brands such as Savanna, Hunters, Nederburg and Klipdrift, has uncorked a proposal that fortifies the position of its biggest shareholder, investment giant Remgro. read more
Albie Cilliers steps up battle over KWV shares amid Vasari sale

Albie Cilliers steps up battle over KWV shares amid Vasari sale

20/06/2017 - 08:56
KWV dissenting shareholder Albie Cilliers is expecting La Concorde Holdings to respond to him by Friday, clarifying additional concerns he has raised in a supplementary affidavit filed with the High Court in Cape Town at the end of May. read more
Remy Cointreau in upbeat spirits as annual profits rise

Remy Cointreau in upbeat spirits as annual profits rise

08/06/2017 - 12:48
Remy Cointreau reported higher-than-expected annual profits, thanks to improving demand for its premium cognacs in China, and predicted further profit growth this year. read more
Irish distillers win seven gold medals at International Spirits Challenge

Irish distillers win seven gold medals at International Spirits Challenge

26/05/2017 - 10:26
Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has won seven gold medals at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC), considered one of the most important competitions in the spirits industry. read more
Glenmorangie whisky distillery to purify waste water

Glenmorangie whisky distillery to purify waste water

26/05/2017 - 10:01
Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) has announced plans to purify and clean the waste water from its whisky distillation process at Glenmorangie. read more
KWV: Minorities’ true-value worries

KWV: Minorities’ true-value worries

25/05/2017 - 11:37
Shareholders are concerned about Niveus’s intentions around the cash, property and art from KWV’s asset sale to Vasari. read more
Liquor rules reflect a state drunk on power, greed and arrogance

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. read more
Anheuser-Busch will invest $2 Billion in U.S. to push beyond Bud

Anheuser-Busch will invest $2 Billion in U.S. to push beyond Bud

23/05/2017 - 16:14
The maker of Budweiser, facing more competition in America from craft brews and cocktails, is spending billions to fight back. read more
Aldi Whisky voted among 'Best In The World' at International spirits challenge

Aldi Whisky voted among 'Best In The World' at International spirits challenge

15/05/2017 - 10:40
Aldi UK's own-label whiskies have been awarded six medals at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC). read more
AB InBev's Zim unit sales fall 10% amid cash shortage

AB InBev's Zim unit sales fall 10% amid cash shortage

11/05/2017 - 09:18
Delta Corp, Zimbabwe’s biggest company by market value, said full-year revenue fell 10% as consumers struggling for cash turned to cheaper brands of beer and sparkling wine. read more
AB InBev and Carlsberg give investors reason to cheer

AB InBev and Carlsberg give investors reason to cheer

05/05/2017 - 09:12
London — Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s largest brewer, and Danish rival Carlsberg reported first-quarter revenue growth that beat estimates, as demand for mainstream brands such as Stella Artois and Tuborg rose, helped by an improving European beer market. read more
AB InBev to launch Budweiser in SA

AB InBev to launch Budweiser in SA

04/05/2017 - 09:59
Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to launch Budweiser in SA, it said in its March quarter results on Thursday morning. read more
Distell adds top premium brand, Cruz Vodka to its portfolio

Distell adds top premium brand, Cruz Vodka to its portfolio

25/04/2017 - 09:13
Distell, Africa’s leading producer of wines, spirits, ciders and ready-to-drinks (RTDs) today announced the formation of a partnership that owns the rights to the Cruz Vodka brand and business worldwide. Distell has agreed to acquire a 75% shareholding with Blue Sky Brand Company Proprietary Limited (“BSBC”) holding the remaining 25% shareholding. BSBC will be integrally involved in the Cruz Vodka brand going forward. read more
AB InBev set to spur growth of beer brands

AB InBev set to spur growth of beer brands

24/04/2017 - 09:50
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is looking to bring its Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona beer brands to the local market and the rest of Africa. read more
Glenlivet unveils three single casks in travel retail

Glenlivet unveils three single casks in travel retail

21/04/2017 - 10:59
Pernod Ricard-owned Scotch brand The Glenlivet has launched three new single cask expressions, which will be exclusively available in travel retail. read more
Italy set for highest growth among wine producing countries

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. read more
AB InBev completes Distell shareholding sale

AB InBev completes Distell shareholding sale

18/04/2017 - 10:21
Last year, South Africa’s Competition Commission ordered AB InBev to sell SABMiller’s 26% stake in South African firm Distell ahead of a US$79 billion merger of the two brewers. read more
InBev upbeat about African beer sales

InBev upbeat about African beer sales

13/04/2017 - 14:57
In 30 years’ time, the African continent will be more relevant to the global beer market than North America. That is the view of Ricardo Tadeu, the Africa Zone president of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), in dismissing any concern investors might have about the almost unprecedented 5% slump in South African beer volumes in the December quarter. read more
Organic wine sees close to 300% growth in Europe

Organic wine sees close to 300% growth in Europe

13/04/2017 - 11:21
Organic wine production grew by 295% in Europe and 280% in the world between 2004 and 2015, according to a recent study. read more
Craft spirits get a boost as Michelangelo announces another “first”

Craft spirits get a boost as Michelangelo announces another “first”

10/04/2017 - 12:33
The Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards has announced that it has joined forces with the South African Craft Distillers Institute (SACDI), which will – for the first time - allow craft distillers to submit their products to a panel of international spirits experts. read more
 KWV named World Class Distiller

KWV named World Class Distiller

04/04/2017 - 12:01
KWV claims international awards over 3 distilling categories read more
Pernod Ricard wins Randstad Award for 'Most Attractive French Company'

Pernod Ricard wins Randstad Award for 'Most Attractive French Company'

31/03/2017 - 10:13
Pernod Ricard has been named the ‘Most Attractive French Company for People Aged 18-24’ following a survey conducted by market research and market information group, Kantar TNS. read more
PIC gets nod to purchase stake in Distell

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. read more
UK beer exports to China rose 500% over 2016

UK beer exports to China rose 500% over 2016

29/03/2017 - 17:05
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has revealed that beer exports to China and India have boomed by 500% and 417% respectively. read more
Italian wine exports grow by 4.3% in 2016

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. read more
Stellenbrau poised for growth after Heineken deal

Stellenbrau poised for growth after Heineken deal

29/03/2017 - 14:23
Stellenbosch-based craft brewery Stellenbrau expects exponential growth after a landmark deal with Heineken SA. read more
AB InBev bets on renewables for future energy

AB InBev bets on renewables for future energy

29/03/2017 - 09:19
The move will make the beer group the largest corporate direct purchaser of renewable energy in the global consumer goods sector read more
Pernod Ricard to launch lime-flavoured Absolut in UK

Pernod Ricard to launch lime-flavoured Absolut in UK

28/03/2017 - 11:12
UK supermarket shelves will be stocked with the lime-flavoured version of vodka brand Absolut, according to Just-Drinks.com. read more
Pernod to make nutritional information available for all strategic brands

Pernod to make nutritional information available for all strategic brands

21/03/2017 - 20:26
In a move it says is ‘unique on such a large scale in the industry,’ Pernod Ricard will offer full nutritional information on its strategic brands by the end of 2017. read more
KZN's tough new liquor laws leave supermarkets 'dry'

KZN's tough new liquor laws leave supermarkets 'dry'

16/03/2017 - 10:11
Durban - Popping out to a local supermarket to stock up on wine is a thing of the past for KwaZulu-Natal residents, as dozens of stores have been forced to "go dry". read more
Distell positions itself as employer of choice both in South Africa and beyond

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.”  read more
Heineken to distribute Miller Genuine Draft in SA

Heineken to distribute Miller Genuine Draft in SA

06/03/2017 - 13:47
Cape Town - Miller Genuine Draft will be distributed in South Africa by Heineken from April 1 2017, following an agreement between Heineken South Africa and Miller owner Molson Coors International. read more
No bonuses for AB InBev’s board after reporting flat results

No bonuses for AB InBev’s board after reporting flat results

02/03/2017 - 15:53
Anheuser-Busch InBev’s share price fell 2.4% on Thursday morning after it released its 2016 results. read more
Why Distell toasts acquisitions

Why Distell toasts acquisitions

24/02/2017 - 11:17
Liquor conglomerate Distell has its eye on game changers in the industry. read more
Pernod Ricard produces ‘fully connected’ drinks bottles

Pernod Ricard produces ‘fully connected’ drinks bottles

21/02/2017 - 08:44
French drinks giant Pernod Ricard has begun the production of what have been described as ‘fully-connected’ drinks bottles, which will serve to protect against counterfeiting, while also offering the consumer information on product provenance, nutritional information, and general information on the brands themselves, according to The Drinks Business. read more
Wal-Mart sued over questions of private label craft beer authenticity

Wal-Mart sued over questions of private label craft beer authenticity

20/02/2017 - 13:57
Wal-Mart is the target of a lawsuit that alleges the retailer’s private-label craft beer — which it has been selling since last year in about 3,000 stores, and claims to produce in collaboration with a Rochester, NY brewery — is a “wholesale fiction” and misrepresentation intended to deceive Wal-Mart customers into buying a higher-priced product they think is craft beer produced by a small U.S. brewer. read more
Bruichladdich CEO made head of Rémy Cointreau whisky

Bruichladdich CEO made head of Rémy Cointreau whisky

17/02/2017 - 11:36
Simon Coughlin will assume the role of CEO of Rémy Cointreau’s newly-created whisky unit, moving from CEO of the Bruichladdich Distillery Company, a Rémy subsidiary purchased in 2012. read more
Heineken takes on AB InBev in Brazil

Heineken takes on AB InBev in Brazil

14/02/2017 - 09:03
The Dutch brewer plans to buy the loss-making Brazilian breweries of Kirin Holdings, closing the door for the Japanese company's South American venture read more
Pernod Ricard reports 2% increase in sales in first half of year

Pernod Ricard reports 2% increase in sales in first half of year

09/02/2017 - 11:53
Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has posted reported sales growth of 2% for the first half of the year (+4% organic growth), recording €5.06 billion for the period. read more
Windhoek beer halts production in a bold show of no compromise

Windhoek beer halts production in a bold show of no compromise

06/02/2017 - 14:25
Windhoek Beer’s new campaign has left the words “Don’t compromise” on everyone lips. The brand's uncompromising determination to brew Pure Beer, no matter the circumstances, is highlighted in its new integrated campaign based on true events. The passionate story is centred around how the award-winning brand took a bold choice to close its brewery in the 1930s, when the quality ingredients required weren’t available, rather than compromise on its quality promise.  read more
Diageo is getting back into Irish whiskey, two years after dumping Bushmills

Diageo is getting back into Irish whiskey, two years after dumping Bushmills

31/01/2017 - 14:11
The world’s biggest distiller will launch a new blend, which it will produce at a new distillery in Dublin. read more
Top Chenin Blanc producers building their communities

Top Chenin Blanc producers building their communities

31/01/2017 - 09:00
A chenin revolution is in the air - at the 2016 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, it became clear that this “diverse, full-bodied, fresh and textured wine is becoming increasingly marketable, locally and abroad”. The nine winners of the challenge were recently presented with their cheques, but a number of local community initiatives and the communities they support were the real winners. read more
Glass half full for workers at AB InBev and Coca-Cola

Glass half full for workers at AB InBev and Coca-Cola

30/01/2017 - 14:57
AB InBev is allowed to offer certain employees severance packages, though the two firms may not now retrench staff read more
Cape’s finest wine on the block

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. read more
AB InBev to cut manager jobs in SA

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 read more
Top Wine SA Hall of Fame champions announced

Top Wine SA Hall of Fame champions announced

20/01/2017 - 12:59
SA Wine & Cellar Classifications have announced the 82 wines that form part of the Top Wine SA Hall of Fame. The wines were selected based on their consistent track records in 29 local and international forums for the assessment of wine quality and interest value over the past 10 years.  read more
SA wine industry in dire need of export boom

SA wine industry in dire need of export boom

20/01/2017 - 09:00
Cape Town - Unless the SA wine industry has an export boom, it will be in trouble as the domestic market has not been successfully exploited, agricultural economist and Professor Nick Vink of Stellenbosch University said at the annual Nedbank Vinpro Information Day on Thursday. read more
Distell free of stifling control but minorities seem jumpy

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). read more
Pernod launches Absolut Lime in the US

Pernod launches Absolut Lime in the US

19/01/2017 - 09:49
Drinks company Pernod Ricard has added Absolut Lime vodka to its US product portfolio, complementing Absolut Citron and Absolut Mandrin on supermarket shelves across the US, Just-Drinks.com has reported. read more
Cape Winemakers Guild welcomes new members

Cape Winemakers Guild welcomes new members

11/01/2017 - 09:45
Cape Town - Two Stellenbosch winemakers, Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines and Morné Vrey of Delaire Graff Estate have joined the ranks of the Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG). read more
AB InBev to sell stake in Distell to South African fund PIC

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. read more
AB InBev droops in first year

AB InBev droops in first year

14/12/2016 - 10:03
Beer colossus Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has not had a good first year on the JSE. The company’s share price is down 27% since it listed, amid much excitement, in early January. It briefly touched R2,000 in February and again in May before trending down to end the year at about R1,400. read more
Japan’s Asahi to buy AB InBev’s Eastern European brands

Japan’s Asahi to buy AB InBev’s Eastern European brands

13/12/2016 - 15:26
London/Tokyo — Asahi has agreed to buy SABMiller’s Eastern European assets, including Pilsner Urquell, from Anheuser-Busch InBev for €7.3bn as the Budweiser maker ties up loose ends from the combination of the world’s two biggest brewers. read more
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
SABMiller deal boosts Deutsche Bank

SABMiller deal boosts Deutsche Bank

25/11/2016 - 10:54
Deutsche Bank is heading for its best annual performance in SA after winning a key role on the biggest beer acquisition in history. 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