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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
Vigo quenches special learners - Namibia

Vigo quenches special learners - Namibia

10/02/2016 - 10:02
The Breweries (NBL) once again brought joy to learners at three schools in Windhoek that specialise in educational needs for learners with hearing, visual, and mental disability.  read more
Wine tourism may double by 2025 as rand tumbles

Wine tourism may double by 2025 as rand tumbles

03/02/2016 - 10:00
Johannesburg - Tourism based on South Africa’s wine industry has the potential to more than double in size in the next nine years as the declining value of the rand makes the country increasingly attractive to visitors, according to an organisation representing producers. read more
AB InBev cancels $42.5bn of acquisition facilities - Belgium

AB InBev cancels $42.5bn of acquisition facilities - Belgium

28/01/2016 - 14:41
Brussels - Anheuser-Busch InBev said on Thursday (21 January) it had cancelled $42.5 billion of the $75 billion committed senior acquisition facilities following recent capital markets issuances. read more
Is local barley not good enough? - Namibia

Is local barley not good enough? - Namibia

27/01/2016 - 14:40
Namibia Breweries Limited late last year introduced a new beer brand, King Lager, brewed solely from local barley. read more
Festive cheer eludes Delta as volumes dip - Zimbabwe

Festive cheer eludes Delta as volumes dip - Zimbabwe

27/01/2016 - 14:07
Harare - Zimbabwe's largest beverages maker, Delta Corporation (Delta), says it recorded subdued volume and revenue performance for the quarter to 31 December 2015, on the back of depressed aggregate demand. read more
Hot weather pushes up SABMiller sales

Hot weather pushes up SABMiller sales

25/01/2016 - 13:09
SABMiller reported double-digit sales growth in SA for the third quarter, as the scorching heat made most South Africans feel parched for days on end. read more
SABMiller buoyed by LatAm, Africa - U.K.

SABMiller buoyed by LatAm, Africa - U.K.

22/01/2016 - 11:52
London - SABMiller, the brewer that’s being bought by Anheuser-Busch InBev in the industry’s biggest acquisition, reported a gain in third-quarter sales on strong demand in Latin America and Africa. read more
Simonsberg fire threatens wine industry

Simonsberg fire threatens wine industry

21/01/2016 - 14:30
The Simonsberg fire has destroyed about 1 400 hectares of farmland in the Western Cape, and is threatening vineyards. read more
AB InBev cuts a path to overcome local hurdles

AB InBev cuts a path to overcome local hurdles

19/01/2016 - 10:22
Belgian brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev has a plan that will attend to the concerns of all the key South African stakeholders about its acquisition of SABMiller — a plan that AB InBev CEO Carlos Brito hopes will help it fast-track the regulatory approvals the deal needs in SA. read more
Shift to sorghum hurts Delta’s sales - Zimbabwe

Shift to sorghum hurts Delta’s sales - Zimbabwe

19/01/2016 - 09:19
Harare - SABMiller's Zimbabwean affiliate, Delta Corporation, said on Monday its lager beer sales fell in the third quarter as an economic slowdown forced consumers to shift to cheaper sorghum beer. read more
Robertson Winery reflects on a good year

Robertson Winery reflects on a good year

18/01/2016 - 13:01
Robertson Winery reflects on a good year, with stellar performances in 2015 from their flagship Constitution Road Shiraz and their highly acclaimed Vineyard Selection range of wines, as well as strong recognition for their Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc in the ‘value wine category’. read more
AB InBev listing will add some fizz to JSE

AB InBev listing will add some fizz to JSE

18/01/2016 - 09:19
SA will enjoy a rare bit of truly good news on Friday, when the JSE welcomes a R3-trillion listing by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB Inbev). read more
AB InBev lists on JSE with R1 938 opening tag

AB InBev lists on JSE with R1 938 opening tag

15/01/2016 - 12:10
Johannesburg - Belgian brewing giant Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev [JSE:ANB] on Friday morning listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's (JSE) main board, with an opening price of R1938 a share.  read more
AB InBev secures JSE secondary inward listing

AB InBev secures JSE secondary inward listing

13/01/2016 - 09:03
Johannesburg - Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has obtained a secondary inward listing on the JSE Main Board with effect from the commencement of trading on January 15, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange announced on Tuesday (12 Jan). read more
AB InBev chief to conduct road show ahead of JSE listing

AB InBev chief to conduct road show ahead of JSE listing

13/01/2016 - 08:31
Carlos Brito, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) CE, jetted into the country on Tuesday night to begin a road show and charm offensive ahead of the global brewer’s listing on the JSE on Friday. read more
Treasury proposes lower excise duty for brandy

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. read more
KWV celebrates a #MerryMentors as its flagship range brings home the glitter in 2015

KWV celebrates a #MerryMentors as its flagship range brings home the glitter in 2015

17/12/2015 - 14:40
In 2015, wines in KWV’s flagship range, The Mentors, accumulated four Trophies, eleven Double Golds, twenty-three Golds, thirty-nine Silvers, and thirty-eight Bronzes – a tally of award sparkle that is indicative of this producer in Paarl’s dedication to produce wines that consistently offer exceptional drinking, even at a mature age.  read more
AB InBev gets green light to list on the JSE in January

AB InBev gets green light to list on the JSE in January

17/12/2015 - 12:23
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is forging ahead with its quest for SABMiller, announcing on Monday (14 Dec) its plans to list on the JSE next month, despite political turmoil in the country this past week that wiped billions of rands off the stock market. read more
AB InBev intends to list on JSE

AB InBev intends to list on JSE

15/12/2015 - 09:43
Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (AB InBev) says its intention to list on the JSE in mid-January shows it’s "commitment to SA and the African continent". read more
Black Bottle’s Mal Spence ups the ante at Anti Establishment

Black Bottle’s Mal Spence ups the ante at Anti Establishment

11/12/2015 - 14:19
Anti Establishment in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, saw the return of Black Bottle Scotch whisky with an epic cocktail workshop hosted by Mal Spence, the global ambassador for the brand. Some of the best of Jozi's bartenders battled it out in a mystery ingredient challenge.  read more
A new type of bubbly from the Cape

A new type of bubbly from the Cape

10/12/2015 - 13:41
Johannesburg - Two black businesswomen have broken into the agriculture industry in South Africa, producing a sophisticated, 100 percent alcohol-free, sparkling grape juice. read more
We are coming for you, SABMiller: EFF

We are coming for you, SABMiller: EFF

10/12/2015 - 12:04
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has put brewer SABMiller on its list of targets ‘to ensure it implements minimum wages and give workers direct shares’. read more
Jameson wins ad battle against rival Hennessy

Jameson wins ad battle against rival Hennessy

09/12/2015 - 10:18
Alcoholic spirit brands Hennessy and Jameson have battled it out in the ad arena‚ and Jameson has won. read more
AB InBev CEO to defend SABMiller deal before Congress - USA

AB InBev CEO to defend SABMiller deal before Congress - USA

08/12/2015 - 10:29
New York - Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev CEO Carlos Brito will try to ease concerns of US lawmakers about the brewer’s proposed $110bn acquisition of SABMiller [JSE:SAB], which would create an entity accounting for about half the industry’s profit and almost a third of all beer sold worldwide. read more