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The SA liquor market is changing - these are the new favourites, says expert

The SA liquor market is changing - these are the new favourites, says expert

21/08/2019 - 09:05
The way South Africans are consuming liquor is changing from traditional, heritage brands to modern, urban, "idiosyncratic" brands, according to Rowan Leibbrandt, founder of fine liquor merchants Truman & Orange. read more
#WomensMonth: The art of brewing with a woman’s touch

#WomensMonth: The art of brewing with a woman’s touch

19/08/2019 - 13:36
SAB which boasts 57% of women brewers in South Africa, believes Women’s Month provides the perfect opportunity for our country to reflect on how far we have come in changing the perception of women and beer. Since prehistoric times, the important responsibility of brewing beer was almost always undertaken by women in a community, but since the industrial revolution in the 18th Century, it has become more of a male-dominated industry. Now is the time for women to take their power back and reassume their rightful place as society’s leading brewmasters. read more
Pernod Ricard SA to centralise operations with Johannesburg move

Pernod Ricard SA to centralise operations with Johannesburg move

16/08/2019 - 10:27
In a move set to enhance cohesion, collaboration and efficiencies, Pernod Ricard South Africa (PRSA), a co-leader of wine and spirits worldwide will officially relocate its Cape Town offices to Woodmead, Johannesburg by 31st December this year. read more
Survivor crowned 2019 ABSA Top Ten Pinotage

Survivor crowned 2019 ABSA Top Ten Pinotage

15/08/2019 - 11:25
Survivor, the unbridled Swartland wine range, has been recognised as one of South Africa’s top Pinotage producers making the cut in the prestigious 2019 ABSA Top Ten Competition. read more
Meridian Wine Merchants appoints new Managing Director

Meridian Wine Merchants appoints new Managing Director

08/08/2019 - 11:11
Meridian Wine Merchants is pleased to announce that Shane Allchin has been appointed Managing Director of Meridian Wine Merchants effective 1 August 2019. read more
Drinks giant Diageo announces new family leave policy in the spirit of Women's Month

Drinks giant Diageo announces new family leave policy in the spirit of Women's Month

08/08/2019 - 10:26
Diageo South Africa, a subsidiary of London-listed Diageo PLC, has announced a new family leave policy, which provides 26 weeks of maternity and four weeks of paternity leave for all its employees at full pay. According to the company, it did this in the spirit of National Women's Month.  read more
New friends and old favourites at the 36th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

New friends and old favourites at the 36th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction

07/08/2019 - 15:02
Lovingly-made Cape blends, new categories, first-of-their-kind wines, and rare varietals will be coveted by buyers from far and wide at the annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction this October.  read more
Angola and Zimbabwe operations sap Distell earnings

Angola and Zimbabwe operations sap Distell earnings

07/08/2019 - 13:07
Beverages company Distell, whose brands include Nederburg wines and Three Ships Whisky, says earnings fell in the year to end-June as it took a hit on operations in Angola and Zimbabwe. read more
SA's best-loved beers revealed at Sunday Times Lifestyle Beer Awards

SA's best-loved beers revealed at Sunday Times Lifestyle Beer Awards

05/08/2019 - 14:24
CBC Amber Weiss was officially announced as South Africa’s Most Loved Beer at the Sunday Times Lifestyle Beer Awards in partnership with Makro on 2 August 2019, at an event in Johannesburg to celebrate the creators and retailers of local and internationally crafted beers. read more
AB InBev rolls out blockchain solution to assist farmers

AB InBev rolls out blockchain solution to assist farmers

01/08/2019 - 14:16
Multinational brewing company AB InBev Africa is rolling out a blockchain solution to assist smallholder farmers in its supply chain. read more
Strong growth for Aperol helps pep up Campari sales

Strong growth for Aperol helps pep up Campari sales

01/08/2019 - 10:37
The popularity of orange aperitif Aperol and a jump in demand for tequila brand Espolon helped Campari to report better than expected sales growth in the second quarter, boosting shares in the Italian spirits group. read more
Heineken misses first-half profit forecasts as costs offset beer sales

Heineken misses first-half profit forecasts as costs offset beer sales

29/07/2019 - 13:43
Heineken missed estimates for first-half profits, as higher packaging costs offset increased beer sales, but the world’s second-largest brewer stuck with its full-year profit growth forecast. read more
AB InBev beats expectations as beer sales growth hits five-year high

AB InBev beats expectations as beer sales growth hits five-year high

25/07/2019 - 10:54
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s largest brewer, beat earnings expectations in the second quarter after beer sales grew at their fastest pace in over five years, helped by increases in Latin America, Europe, and Africa.  read more
Back to selling more beers for AB InBev after failed Asian float

Back to selling more beers for AB InBev after failed Asian float

23/07/2019 - 11:40
AB InBev’s cancelled Asian stock market listing will slow but not derail the world’s largest brewer’s efforts to cut its debt mountain, delaying future acquisitions and prioritising its main challenge: selling more beers. read more
How to sell your wine in a changing market

How to sell your wine in a changing market

22/07/2019 - 09:56
The future of wine is evolving and the industry has to adapt in order to survive and flourish. This is according to Robert Joseph, an internationally respected wine expert and winemaker.  read more
SAB close to acquiring Smirnoff drinks range

SAB close to acquiring Smirnoff drinks range

19/07/2019 - 11:27
South African Breweries (SAB) is a step closer to acquiring the Smirnoff ready-to-drink (RTD) range of products, mostly ciders, and mixes, after the Competition Commission announced the approval of the acquisition from Diageo South Africa.  read more
AB InBev offloads Australian unit for $11.3bn

AB InBev offloads Australian unit for $11.3bn

19/07/2019 - 09:03
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), which shelved plans to list its Asia Pacific business in Hong Kong, said it will sell Australian subsidiary Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) to Japan’s Asahi Group for about $11.3bn (R157bn). read more
Libertas appoints new cellar-master at Nederburg

Libertas appoints new cellar-master at Nederburg

17/07/2019 - 09:25
Seasoned, award-winning winemaker Lizelle Gerber is joining Nederburg Wines in Paarl as its new cellar-master, from 1 August.  read more
SAB appoints new vice president corporate affairs, Zoleka Lisa

SAB appoints new vice president corporate affairs, Zoleka Lisa

12/07/2019 - 09:53
South African Breweries (SAB) announced that it has appointed Zoleka Lisa as its vice president corporate affairs for South Africa, from 01 July 2019. read more
Finalists in the Sunday Times Lifestyle Beer Awards announced

Finalists in the Sunday Times Lifestyle Beer Awards announced

08/07/2019 - 09:05
The Sunday Times Lifestyle Beer Awards in partnership with Makro announced the finalists across five categories in this inaugural competition. The Awards celebrate the creators and retailers of local and internationally crafted beers and will present as a guide to the best beers on the market. read more
AB InBev maker hopes to raise $10bn in Hong Kong IPO

AB InBev maker hopes to raise $10bn in Hong Kong IPO

02/07/2019 - 14:47
The company that makes Stella Artois and Budweiser hopes to raise almost $10bn by listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange, marking what would be the world’s biggest initial public offering (IPO) this year, a report said.  read more
Old Mutual Trophy Spirits Show - A spirited start

Old Mutual Trophy Spirits Show - A spirited start

27/06/2019 - 08:42
With judging completed at the inaugural Old Mutual Trophy Spirits Show (OMTSS), it is clear that the competition – the first of its kind in South Africa – has been a resounding success. Attracting 210 entries across a wide range of categories and classes, the OMTSS brought together an extraordinary line-up of spirits, aperitifs, digestives, and liqueurs.  read more
Pernod Ricard acquires Italian gin brand Malfy

Pernod Ricard acquires Italian gin brand Malfy

24/06/2019 - 13:34
Pernod Ricard’s stand-alone gin brand The Gin Hub has confirmed its purchase of Italian gin brand Malfy. The Gin Hub claims the resultant increased portfolio breadth will drive growth in the Super-Premium Gin category. read more
HEINEKEN SA sows seeds for greater economic participation through barley farming

HEINEKEN SA sows seeds for greater economic participation through barley farming

19/06/2019 - 11:17
By 2021, HEINEKEN South Africa intends to reduce their South African malt imports significantly, as the barley that the local HEINEKEN brewery requires will be locally grown, through the company’s Barley Emerging Farmers Economic Development (BE-FED) project. read more
Meridian Holdings invests in Cape Wine Academy

Meridian Holdings invests in Cape Wine Academy

14/06/2019 - 14:12
This year, the Cape Wine Academy celebrates 40 years of presenting their wine courses to industry and private enthusiasts. We are also pleased to announce that as of 1 July 2019, Meridian Holdings will be the sole shareholder of the Academy committed to investing in a bright future in wine education for all for South Africans.  read more
China's thirst for cognac helps Remy Cointreau top profit forecast

China's thirst for cognac helps Remy Cointreau top profit forecast

07/06/2019 - 10:02
Remy Cointreau handed investors a special dividend payout after reporting a stronger-than-expected 14% rise in annual operating profit, helped by cost cuts and robust demand for its premium cognacs in China. read more
Lothian Vineyards scoops the South African Chardonnay Trophy at 2019 IWC

Lothian Vineyards scoops the South African Chardonnay Trophy at 2019 IWC

07/06/2019 - 09:29
Cool climate producer from the Elgin Valley, Lothian Vineyards, has scooped the coveted South African Chardonnay Trophy in the 2019 International Wine Challenge (IWC). The Lothian Chardonnay 2017 scored 95 points and won the IWC’s hallmark of excellence in Chardonnay with the Varietal Trophy in the global competition.  read more
Pernod confident over Asia while Creek sells well in China

Pernod confident over Asia while Creek sells well in China

05/06/2019 - 09:09
Drinks group Pernod Ricard, being targeted by activist investor Elliot, is confident over its growth prospects in Asia including for wines such as its Jacob’s Creek brand. read more
Best beers in Africa announced at 2019 African Beer Cup

Best beers in Africa announced at 2019 African Beer Cup

27/05/2019 - 10:17
Amidst hot competition for the best beers on the African continent, eight Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) Africa brews were awarded trophies at the inaugural African Beer Cup, held in Cape Town recently. read more
Fine and rare South African wines to go under the hammer in unprecedented Strauss & Co auction

Fine and rare South African wines to go under the hammer in unprecedented Strauss & Co auction

21/05/2019 - 16:08
Strauss & Co’s inaugural Fine Wine Auction, to be held in partnership with online retailer WineCellar.co.za and leading Sommelier, Higgo Jacobs, takes place at 3 pm on Saturday 8 June 2019 at Strauss & Co’s offices in Johannesburg when a selection of the finest South African wines will be offered. It forms part of a week of art and wine and follows after Strauss & Co’s first Saturday Live art auction which takes place in the morning. read more
Stellenbosch Wine Routes reflect on a challenging, but ultimately rewarding 2019 harvest

Stellenbosch Wine Routes reflect on a challenging, but ultimately rewarding 2019 harvest

14/05/2019 - 09:51
In 2018, the Western Cape experienced the crescendo of one of its most severe droughts in decades. On average crops were 15% lower than the previous year, and it is safe to say that most farmers entered 2019 with a sense of trepidation.  read more
Cape Town micro-brewery takes on light beer market

Cape Town micro-brewery takes on light beer market

09/05/2019 - 11:33
For decades, beer connoisseurs the world over have held heated debates over which is better; a lager or a light beer. read more
AB InBev eyes Hong Kong listing as it misses earnings expectations

AB InBev eyes Hong Kong listing as it misses earnings expectations

09/05/2019 - 10:02
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), which took over SABMiller in 2016 and is the world’s biggest brewer, says it plans to list its Asia-Pacific business in Hong Kong. read more
Sauvignon Blanc SA is the new ambassador for a global favourite

Sauvignon Blanc SA is the new ambassador for a global favourite

03/05/2019 - 08:53
South Africa's champion for Sauvignon Blanc, one of the country's most widely planted wine grape varieties, has undergone a transformation that brings momentum to its international success. Formerly known as the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group (SBIG), Sauvignon Blanc South Africa not only announces a new name but taken the opportunity of International Sauvignon Blanc Day (3 May) to ring in a string of changes. read more
Autograph Gin wins Best Gin in Africa award

Autograph Gin wins Best Gin in Africa award

02/05/2019 - 13:56
The International Gin Guide Award, released their awards for 2019 on the 30th of April 2019. read more
Global wine output recovered in 2018 from 60-year low

Global wine output recovered in 2018 from 60-year low

25/04/2019 - 14:13
Global wine output rose to near-record highs in 2018 after a sharp rebound from a poor harvest the previous year, though consumption stopped growing, says the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).  read more
Heineken records strong quarter after volume growth in all regions

Heineken records strong quarter after volume growth in all regions

25/04/2019 - 13:54
Heineken has recorded first-quarter net profit of €299 million, in part thanks to volume increases across all regions. read more
 IoT helps AB InBev stay cool

IoT helps AB InBev stay cool

25/04/2019 - 13:46
Thingstream has announced that it is providing the IoT connectivity solution to support the world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) South African Brewery (SAB) subsidiary with a Fridgelogic Connected Cooler system across South Africa. The solution enables SAB to track and monitor the temperature and location of its coolers and fridges. read more
Is it time to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol?

Is it time to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol?

25/04/2019 - 11:10
In May 2018, Scotland introduced a minimum unit price of 50p per unit (8g) of alcohol, with the aim of reducing abusive drinking. Research had shown that a large proportion of very cheap alcohol consumed in Scotland took the form of heavy drinking, resulting in drunkenness and other socially unacceptable behaviour. read more
Pernod Ricard South Africa appoints head of communications

Pernod Ricard South Africa appoints head of communications

25/04/2019 - 10:54
Pernod Ricard South Africa recently appointed John Beale, as head of communications. read more
Majestic Wine mulls stripping down to being Naked online

Majestic Wine mulls stripping down to being Naked online

24/04/2019 - 15:22
Majestic Wine could sell its 200 or so branches in Britain as it shifts focus to its booming online business Naked Wines, the retailer said. read more
A Rosé by any other name

A Rosé by any other name

24/04/2019 - 12:49
Even if you’re a committed wine collector, chances are you’ve never bought a bottle of Lesca chardonnay, or sipped on Star Tree Nouveau Rouge. Ever poured a glass of Foot of Africa shiraz, Cleefs Classic Collection chenin blanc or Helter Skelter pinot noir? Unless you’re stocking a cellar in Stockholm, Amsterdam or Shanghai, it’s unlikely you’ve even heard of them. read more
Egg hunting just got more fun for adults with the introduction of Sugarbird® Gin Eggs

Egg hunting just got more fun for adults with the introduction of Sugarbird® Gin Eggs

11/04/2019 - 14:59
Made by entrepreneurial spirited local gin brand Sugarbird®, the Sugarbird Gin Eggs is the brainchild of co-owners Nzeka Biyela and Rob Heyns.  read more
 Cathedral Cellar comes to life with augmented reality labels

Cathedral Cellar comes to life with augmented reality labels

09/04/2019 - 10:29
Cathedral Cellar is relaunching globally with wine labels which allow wine enthusiasts to invite its winemaker, Wim Truter, to their dinner time conversation, via augmented reality technology.  read more
Pernod Ricard launches its 2030 Sustainability & Responsibility Roadmap

Pernod Ricard launches its 2030 Sustainability & Responsibility Roadmap

05/04/2019 - 13:31
Pernod Ricard launches today its 2030 Sustainability & Responsibility roadmap as part of the Group’s strategic plan Transform & Accelerate. This roadmap, unveiled at the Martell Cognac distillery in France sets out 8 ambitious and concrete 2030 targets supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The Group is taking bold next steps in addressing both environmental topics, to preserve the terroirs its products come from, and social responsibility, in particular by accelerating the fight against alcohol misuse. read more
Tougher taxation needed to tackle alcohol abuse

Tougher taxation needed to tackle alcohol abuse

02/04/2019 - 10:54
The SA branch of the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (Saapa) urges the government to follow Grieve Chelwa and Corné van Walbeek’s suggestion to review the alcohol tax regime (“SA Ranks Sixth Globally as a Nation of Drinkers”, March 4). Beer is cheaper than a loaf of bread or a litre of milk in SA! read more
Pernod Ricard introduces copper-inspired Absolut Elyx glass bottle

Pernod Ricard introduces copper-inspired Absolut Elyx glass bottle

29/03/2019 - 14:01
Pernod Ricard has partnered with London-based design agency Stranger & Stranger to create a new copper still-inspired bottle design for its Absolut Elyx vodka. read more
Beam Suntory brings Roku Japanese gin to South Africa

Beam Suntory brings Roku Japanese gin to South Africa

25/03/2019 - 14:10
Uniquely bottled in a hexagonal glass vessel, Roku Gin is a distinctive spirit from Japan’s revered Suntory brand; one of the countries’ most awarded spirits producers, mastering the skill of making gin since 1936. read more
AB InBev chair Olivier Goudet to step down

AB InBev chair Olivier Goudet to step down

22/03/2019 - 09:11
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB Inbev) chair Olivier Goudet is stepping down to focus on his roles as managing partner and CEO at JAB Holding. read more
Distell’s premium-wine offshoot aims for the top

Distell’s premium-wine offshoot aims for the top

15/03/2019 - 14:37
"I’m in the business of wine; I’m not in the wine business," says Kay Nash emphatically. That may seem like splitting hairs, but it’s a subtle distinction that’s helping the CEO of Libertas Vineyards & Estates, the new premium-wine offshoot of drinks giant Distell, to shake up the company’s high-end wine business. read more
Distell aims to go deeper into Africa

Distell aims to go deeper into Africa

14/03/2019 - 11:10
Distell, the liquor group controlled by investment behemoth Remgro, is looking at more expansion opportunities in Africa after recording high double-digit growth in Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia in the interim period ending December. read more
Jameson Irish Whiskey launches new brand message "Taste, that’s why"

Jameson Irish Whiskey launches new brand message "Taste, that’s why"

07/03/2019 - 10:59
It’s about taste. It’s that simple. No gimmicks or tricks. No smoke or mirrors. Jameson Irish Whiskey has always been about the exceptional taste of its whiskey.  read more
THE Glenlivet Whisky appoints new Brand Manager

THE Glenlivet Whisky appoints new Brand Manager

05/03/2019 - 10:19
THE Glenlivet’s new South African Brand Manager is THE Keval Ramraj, a young man who has his finger on the pulse of the world of single malt whisky – and whose competitive edge bodes well for the future of this whisky brand that owns the reputation of being THE single malt whisky in the world.  read more
Nederburg maker Distell lifts earnings, even as sales fall

Nederburg maker Distell lifts earnings, even as sales fall

04/03/2019 - 13:08
Distell Group, which makes Nederburg wines and Klipdrift brandies, reported a double-digit increase in earnings for the six months to December, even as sales volumes fell in SA.  read more
Grande Provence appoints Vinesse to manage national wine sales and distribution

Grande Provence appoints Vinesse to manage national wine sales and distribution

26/02/2019 - 10:20
Grande Provence, the landmark Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek, has appointed Vinesse Wine and Spirit Merchants to manage the national sales and distribution of their wines. read more
Cannabis ‘poses long-term risk’ to US alcohol industry

Cannabis ‘poses long-term risk’ to US alcohol industry

26/02/2019 - 08:52
Increased cannabis consumption in the US “poses a long-term risk” to the alcoholic beverage industry, according to new research from the IWSR and BDS Analytics. read more
Global brewers have a thirst for African profits

Global brewers have a thirst for African profits

26/02/2019 - 08:26
It’s a somewhat distant memory now, but in the early 2000s the company once known as SA Breweries (SAB) came off second best to global drinks group Diageo in a fight for control of the Kenyan beer market, in what was dubbed the "beer wars". read more
Distell selects WPP as its global partner agency

Distell selects WPP as its global partner agency

25/02/2019 - 15:37
Alcoholic beverages company Distell has selected WPP as its global partner agency.  read more
Anheuser-Busch acquires Cutwater Spirits

Anheuser-Busch acquires Cutwater Spirits

25/02/2019 - 14:56
Anheuser-Busch has acquired US alcohol company Cutwater Spirits, as it expands its business in the spirits and canned cocktail category. read more
Bain's launches SA's oldest Single Grain Whisky in Travel Retail

Bain's launches SA's oldest Single Grain Whisky in Travel Retail

18/02/2019 - 18:32
Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, the proudly South African and internationally award-winning single grain whisky, has launched a limited edition 15-Year-Old Single Grain Whisky exclusive to Big5 Duty Free Cape Town International and OR Tambo International Airports, and The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington. read more
SA retailer selling gin packs to give your G&T a distinctive twist

SA retailer selling gin packs to give your G&T a distinctive twist

12/02/2019 - 21:45
Retailers have taken note of the huge gin trend - for example, in 2011, Pick n Pay stocked around 20 gins and now have over 100 different varieties - with over 25% of those being locally produced. read more
Police destroy 148 000 litres of confiscated liquor

Police destroy 148 000 litres of confiscated liquor

29/01/2019 - 10:36
The Police Ministry oversaw the destruction of more than 148 000 litres of confiscated alcohol, one of the main contributors to crime, especially over the festive season, it said. read more
High Style unveils non-alcoholic cannabis infused beer in US

High Style unveils non-alcoholic cannabis infused beer in US

29/01/2019 - 09:37
San Diego-based High Style Brewing Company has launched Coastal Haze, an alcohol-free, cannabis-infused beer.  read more
KWV Cruxland Gin among the world’s best for a second time running

KWV Cruxland Gin among the world’s best for a second time running

28/01/2019 - 10:57
For the second year running, KWV Cruxland Gin has triumphed as the Best South African London Dry Gin for Taste at the prestigious World Gin Awards. The announcement was made at the Caledonian Club in London, in the presence of more than 100 guests and influencers from the gin industry.  read more
Diageo introduces eight Game of Thrones-themed Scotch whiskies

Diageo introduces eight Game of Thrones-themed Scotch whiskies

28/01/2019 - 09:15
Diageo has teamed up with television network HBO to launch a limited-edition range of Game of Thrones-themed Scotch whiskies. read more
Distell: Chateau gets a wider roof

Distell: Chateau gets a wider roof

28/01/2019 - 08:41
Distell creates new Libertas Vineyards structure that will focus on its premium wines — including some old favourites. read more
AB InBev adds on-pack nutrition labels to Bud Light beer in the US

AB InBev adds on-pack nutrition labels to Bud Light beer in the US

28/01/2019 - 08:25
AB InBev has introduced an on-pack ingredients label to its Bud Light beer in the US alongside a new secondary packaging design. read more
Job cuts loom as Distell shakes up operations

Job cuts loom as Distell shakes up operations

22/01/2019 - 08:56
Distell, owner of brands such as Klipdrift, Savanna, 4th Street and Bain’s, could retrench about 100 employees as part of the restructuring of its supply chain network. read more
AB InBev soars on potential IPO of Asian operations

AB InBev soars on potential IPO of Asian operations

14/01/2019 - 11:26
AB InBev’s share price jumped 8% to R1,045.79 after Bloomberg reported it is considering separately listing its Asian operations. read more
AB InBev to make Budweiser in the UK using renewable energy

AB InBev to make Budweiser in the UK using renewable energy

08/01/2019 - 08:37
AB InBev’s Budweiser beer in the UK will be brewed with 100% renewable electricity thanks to a new deal with solar energy firm Lightsource BP.  read more
AB InBev and Tilray in joint venture to develop cannabis drinks

AB InBev and Tilray in joint venture to develop cannabis drinks

07/01/2019 - 10:36
SAB owner Anheuser-Busch InBev has joined the growing ranks of alcohol giants dipping their toes into the cannabis industry through a research partnership with Canadian pot firm Tilray. read more
Moët & Chandon launches champagne bottles designed by Virgil Abloh

Moët & Chandon launches champagne bottles designed by Virgil Abloh

17/12/2018 - 19:32
Moët & Chandon has unveiled limited-edition champagne bottles designed by Virgil Abloh for Nectar Impérial Rosé. read more
Organic wine market growing fast but to remain niche: study

Organic wine market growing fast but to remain niche: study

17/12/2018 - 17:21
The market for organic wine will grow rapidly in the next five years as environmentally-conscious consumers increasingly favour pesticide-free wines, but their market share will remain relatively small globally, a study showed. read more
Cape Winemakers Guild swells its ranks with two new members

Cape Winemakers Guild swells its ranks with two new members

13/12/2018 - 07:58
The prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild has two new members with the induction of JD Pretorius and Samantha O’Keefe into this respected league of masters in the art of winemaking. read more
Rum making a comeback after 500 years

Rum making a comeback after 500 years

06/12/2018 - 08:43
Rum has come a long way over the last 500 years. For centuries, rum has had a bad rep and has long been branded the juvenile delinquent of spirits. Now, growing in popularity it is fast showing its appeal to sippers world-wide and has found a new home in South Africa.  read more
21 SAB KickStart youth-owned businesses create 178 jobs in 2018

21 SAB KickStart youth-owned businesses create 178 jobs in 2018

04/12/2018 - 10:47
The 21 young entrepreneurs selected as finalists in SAB’s youth entrepreneurship development programme, SAB KickStart Boost, have created a total of 178 jobs in their respective communities as a result of the support provided by the programme this year. read more
Corona to introduce plastic-free rings on its beer cans

Corona to introduce plastic-free rings on its beer cans

30/11/2018 - 09:07
Mexican lager brand Corona will pilot plastic-free six-pack rings which are made from plant-based biodegradable fibres, with a mix of by-product waste and compostable materials. read more
AB InBev invests in Closed Loop Fund to improve glass recycling

AB InBev invests in Closed Loop Fund to improve glass recycling

28/11/2018 - 11:08
Anheuser-Busch InBev will invest $250,000 in Closed Loop Fund projects to improve glass recycling capabilities, in order to make further progress towards the company’s 2025 sustainability goals. read more
Online wine marketplace Port2Port rated SA’s best

Online wine marketplace Port2Port rated SA’s best

26/11/2018 - 11:41
Port2Port.wine, an online wine marketplace based in South Africa, has been awarded the Best Overall Wine List Award in Wine Searcher’s Retailer Awards for the second consecutive year. read more
Distell to distribute cannabis lager for Poison City Brewing

Distell to distribute cannabis lager for Poison City Brewing

19/11/2018 - 16:34
JSE-listed beverages group Distell has agreed to distribute and market a cannabis-infused beer backed by RCL Foods CEO Miles Dally and Spar CEO Graham O’Connor.  read more
SAB launches alcohol-free grain snack, Better Bites

SAB launches alcohol-free grain snack, Better Bites

16/11/2018 - 10:55
SAB and AB InBev are piloting a savoury grain snack, made from locally grown grain remaining after the brewing process. Proceeds from the sale of the snack will be used to help develop emerging farmers and support community development initiatives. read more
SAB invests R438-million in new production line at Port Elizabeth brewery

SAB invests R438-million in new production line at Port Elizabeth brewery

09/11/2018 - 11:07
The country’s largest brewer, SAB and AB InBev Africa, has delivered a strong vote of confidence in Port Elizabeth’s vibrant manufacturing industry with the launch of a brand new R438-million (USD$30-million) production line at its Ibhayi Brewery based in the coastal town’s industrial area of Perseverance.  read more
Campari toasts fashionable Aperol's success

Campari toasts fashionable Aperol's success

07/11/2018 - 11:04
Drinkers’ growing taste for Aperol, the bright orange aperitif, helped to boost sales growth at parent Campari in the third quarter, which covers the peak summer period in some of the company’s main markets. read more
AB InBev watching the legal marijuana market closely

AB InBev watching the legal marijuana market closely

01/11/2018 - 10:04
The world’s biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), says it is keeping a close eye on the burgeoning cannabis market as some of its peers forge ties with marijuana companies. read more
Loxtonia releases orchard to bottle cider in response to SA's local artisan demand

Loxtonia releases orchard to bottle cider in response to SA's local artisan demand

29/10/2018 - 10:51
Local farmstead Loxtonia launches their first all-natural premium range of artisanal ciders which hit the market in October 2018. Loxtonia Cider is free of any preservatives and artificial additives and are made from hand-picked apples which are freshly pressed and naturally fermented, bringing to life their key philosophy “Orchard to Bottle”. read more
Distell share price sinks on lower sales

Distell share price sinks on lower sales

25/10/2018 - 08:05
The share price of Distell Group, maker of Klipdrift brandies, Three Ships whiskies and Nederburg wines, fell 4.1% to R104.58 after the company said sales had fallen in the September quarter. read more
SA signs wine labelling protocol

SA signs wine labelling protocol

23/10/2018 - 10:28
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, has signed protocol on labelling wine.  read more
Ginologist Floral Gin and Tanqueray win big at the Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards

Ginologist Floral Gin and Tanqueray win big at the Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards

23/10/2018 - 08:19
The Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards, in partnership with Makro and Fitch & Leedes, announced this year’s winning local and international gins at a trendy cocktail event, held at The Empire Rooftop in Parktown on 19 October. Ginologist Floral Gin was awarded first place in the Local Gin category, with Orient placing second. In the International Gin category, Tanqueray came out on top, with Gin Mare taking second spot. read more
Johnnie Walker creates 50-year-aged Masters’ Edition whisky

Johnnie Walker creates 50-year-aged Masters’ Edition whisky

22/10/2018 - 08:52
Johnnie Walker has created a limited-edition, 50-year-aged, triple-matured scotch whisky called the Johnnie Walker Masters’ Edition. read more
Scottish Leader presents perspective-shifting digital experience

Scottish Leader presents perspective-shifting digital experience

18/10/2018 - 14:19
Scottish Leader, the famous whisky brand known for challenging perspectives to realise richer possibilities, has just launched a creative digital tool that recognises facial expressions when participants are presented with a range of provocative images.  read more
Pernod Ricard sales up 10% on demand from China and India

Pernod Ricard sales up 10% on demand from China and India

18/10/2018 - 14:09
Spirits group Pernod Ricard posted a stronger-than-expected 10.4% rise in first-quarter underlying sales, helped by higher demand in China and India, and despite slower growth in its main market in the US. read more
Johnnie Walker to open first experiential retail store

Johnnie Walker to open first experiential retail store

18/10/2018 - 11:18
Diageo has announced that Johnnie Walker will open a flagship store in Madrid that will house a special collection of the brand's whiskeys, and host a series of immersive experiences. read more
Pernod Ricard subsidiary plans 150m euro investment in Ireland

Pernod Ricard subsidiary plans 150m euro investment in Ireland

17/10/2018 - 10:43
Pernod Ricard-owned Irish Distillers will invest over €150 million at its sites in Cork and Dublin to meet a continued rise in demand for Irish whiskey. read more
Study finds US consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable beer

Study finds US consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable beer

15/10/2018 - 15:03
A majority of US beer drinkers would be willing to pay more for beer produced with sustainable practices, according to a new study from Indiana University.  read more
Cannabis a new golden goose for booze business

Cannabis a new golden goose for booze business

15/10/2018 - 08:54
The world’s major alcohol producers can no longer ignore the pot phenomenon, as young consumers may increasingly swap beer and cocktails for joints and cannabis-infused drinks. read more
Top CEOs back SA’s first cannabis lager beer

Top CEOs back SA’s first cannabis lager beer

02/10/2018 - 08:07
A craft brewery backed by two prominent CEOs of JSE-listed companies says it has launched the country’s first beer made with cannabis. read more
AB InBev unveils six limited edition Beck’s labels

AB InBev unveils six limited edition Beck’s labels

28/09/2018 - 15:11
AB InBev’s Becks brand has released six limited edition for its 275ml beer bottles, as part of its “Be Kreativ” campaign. read more
Winemag announces top-scoring Pinot Noirs in SA

Winemag announces top-scoring Pinot Noirs in SA

19/09/2018 - 13:44
Where does Pinot Noir do best in SA? This is the question posed by SA wine critic, Christian Eedes, Editor-in-Chief of Winemag.co.za and panel chair of the second annual Winemag Pinot Noir Report, in conjunction with Tonnelliere Saint Martin.  read more
AB InBev aims to highlight Stella Artois heritage with new designs

AB InBev aims to highlight Stella Artois heritage with new designs

19/09/2018 - 09:21
AB InBev has revealed a new packaging design for its Stella Artois beer brand in the UK as it aims to highlight its Belgian heritage alongside a modern twist. read more
Past auction gems on Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Charity Auction

Past auction gems on Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Charity Auction

17/09/2018 - 14:42
Eight unique lots of previous Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines will go under the hammer as individual charity items at the 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction to be held at Spier in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 29 September 2018. read more