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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
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