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Consumers drink while retailers keep the tills active and lights on

Consumers drink while retailers keep the tills active and lights on

10/09/2019 - 11:19
One in five South Africans is unemployed and economic growth remains anaemic, but retailers manage to grow, demonstrating that they still have some defensive qualities.  read more
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
All women team brew special beer to celebrate Women's Month

All women team brew special beer to celebrate Women's Month

05/08/2019 - 10:38
SAB will be launching BOLD BREW– a beer designed and brewed entirely by women– this limited edition small batch beer is exclusively available at the SAB World of Beer in Newtown, Johannesburg. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Liquor and drugs boost Spar's sales

Liquor and drugs boost Spar's sales

15/11/2018 - 15:07
Ireland was JSE-listed Spar’s best performing region, helping to offset sales and profit declines in Switzerland. read more
SA loses R6-billion + in revenue to illicit alcohol trade

SA loses R6-billion + in revenue to illicit alcohol trade

15/11/2018 - 14:03
The South African economy suffered a fiscal loss of R6.4-billion (USD$492-million) in 2017 due to illicit alcohol activities, which generates an annual revenue of R12.9bn and goes unregulated.  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
Hennessy proves it's anything but old-fashioned

Hennessy proves it's anything but old-fashioned

17/08/2018 - 14:22
There’s a good chance that you think of cognac as the tipple of fusty old men in wood-panelled hunting lodges. If cognac brand Hennessy is anything to go by, however, you may have to reconsider your position on the century-old liquor.  read more
Cybercellar appoints new CEO

Cybercellar appoints new CEO

05/07/2018 - 07:54
Cybercellar, one of South Africa’s leading online wine retailers, has appointed AJ Nel as its new CEO.  read more
KWV wins GOLD at International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2018

KWV wins GOLD at International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2018

04/07/2018 - 15:47
KWV Brandy has been awarded an impressive 3 gold medals for the KWV 10-Year-Old Potstill Brandy, KWV 12-Year-Old Barrel Select Brandy and the KWV 20-Year-Old XO Brandy at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2018.  read more
KWV concludes month-long search and announces KWV Brandy Futurists

KWV concludes month-long search and announces KWV Brandy Futurists

19/06/2018 - 13:03
After an exciting month-long competition that saw the culinary world paired with the world of mixology, KWV concluded its search for its KWV Brandy Futurists: innovative and creative geniuses.  read more
Heineken partners with Belize Brewing Company

Heineken partners with Belize Brewing Company

17/05/2018 - 11:37
Brewing giant Heineken International B.V. has announced that it has acquired a minority stake in Belize Brewing Company Ltd (BBC), a subsidiary of Bowen & Bowen Ltd, based in Central America. read more
Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés bring wine creativity to life

Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés bring wine creativity to life

10/05/2018 - 14:01
Excitement is running high amongst the second year Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés as their dreams of making their very first wines becomes a reality with their creations safely in barrel after the 2018 harvest.  read more
Marketing trends in the premium alcohol category

Marketing trends in the premium alcohol category

20/04/2018 - 10:01
Marketing decisions in the premium alcohol category are being driven by gender-neutral concerns, authentic partnerships and consumers’ desire to stand out, according to research conducted by wines and spirits company Pernod Ricard over the past festive season. read more
New excise duty hikes could impact brandy recovery

New excise duty hikes could impact brandy recovery

12/03/2018 - 13:27
The South African Brandy Foundation has expressed its concern about the recently announced excise duty hikes for brandy, claiming they could pose a major setback for producers and impede recent entrepreneurship, training, and job creation initiatives.  read more
Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés uncork their potential

Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés uncork their potential

07/03/2018 - 10:22
Valuable experience, decisiveness and an intense love for sparkling wine stand out for Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé, Sydney Mello, as the greatest gifts of his 3-year mentorship experience. Sydney is one of 24 oenology and viticulture graduates to have come through the ranks of the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme. read more
Remy Cointreau gets a boost from China's thirst for Remy Martin

Remy Cointreau gets a boost from China's thirst for Remy Martin

19/01/2018 - 14:16
Remy Cointreau reported third-quarter sales growth that surpassed analysts’ estimates on a surge in Remy Martin cognac shipments to meet demand from China. read more
Carrol Boyes releases SA-branded, limited-edition Champagne

Carrol Boyes releases SA-branded, limited-edition Champagne

16/01/2018 - 13:26
In what can only be termed a wine industry coup, Carrol Boyes Wines is proud to announce the addition of fine Champagne to the Carrol Boyes Limited Edition range.  read more
Moet Hennessy expands its partnership with Thirstie

Moet Hennessy expands its partnership with Thirstie

08/01/2018 - 15:42
Moet Hennessy recently launched a skill on Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices designed to educate shoppers about champagne. read more
Distell sells Bisquit cognac brand to Campari

Distell sells Bisquit cognac brand to Campari

21/12/2017 - 10:09
Distell, the liquor brands conglomerate controlled by Remgro, called time on its international cognac market strategy by selling its French subsidiary Bisquit for à52.5m.  read more
SAB supports aware.org to reduce harm caused by misuse of alcohol in SA

SAB supports aware.org to reduce harm caused by misuse of alcohol in SA

15/12/2017 - 16:14
The South African Breweries (SAB) will work alongside the newly launched Association for Alcohol Responsibility and Education (AWARE.org) on evidence based initiatives that focus on reducing the harm caused by alcohol misuse in South Africa.  read more
SA wine industry must embrace digital platforms as well as follow the Portugal road map, says Cape Classics President

SA wine industry must embrace digital platforms as well as follow the Portugal road map, says Cape Classics President

07/12/2017 - 10:54
Embrace the chaos brought by the mobile phone-fueled digital age and look to Portugal for a roadmap to success in the USA. Those were the clear messages from New York wine importer Cape Classics at a gathering of the South African wine industry hosted at Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch. read more
Youth Entrepreneurs honoured at 22nd annual SAB Kickstart Boost Awards

Youth Entrepreneurs honoured at 22nd annual SAB Kickstart Boost Awards

30/11/2017 - 14:39
The South African Breweries (SAB) has announced the winners in its annual SAB KickStart Boost Awards. SAB KickStart Boost is SAB’s youth entrepreneurship development programme which has been running for the past 22 years. read more
SAB introduces alcohol-free beer

SAB introduces alcohol-free beer

07/11/2017 - 16:49
The South African Breweries (SAB) and AB InBev Africa are giving consumers more choice and a smarter drinking option with the introduction of the first alcohol-free beer to be brewed in South Africa. Castle Free, an extension of Castle Lager, offers consumers a real beer taste without the alcohol.  read more
Diageo warns sales dip in China and India to affect first-half earnings

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

21/09/2017 - 10:51
Diageo, the maker of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, forecast stronger sales and profit growth in the second half of its financial year after a first half affected by negative factors in China and India and higher spending. read more
Western Cape government to clamp down on alcohol sales

Western Cape government to clamp down on alcohol sales

21/09/2017 - 09:42
It's going to be much harder to buy a beer in Cape Town‚ if the Western Cape government has its way. read more
Liquor traders condemn tough new regulations

Liquor traders condemn tough new regulations

07/07/2017 - 12:39
The Western Cape Liquor Traders Organisation (WCLTO) has lambasted the provincial government for its new liquor regulations, saying they were part of the DA and Premier Helen Zille’s “agenda to shut down” black and coloured-owned businesses in the townships.  read more
Liquor rules reflect a state drunk on power, greed and arrogance

Liquor rules reflect a state drunk on power, greed and arrogance

25/05/2017 - 09:42
The regulation of the sale of liquor has long been a feature of government policy pretty much everywhere. In Anglo-Saxon countries, it generally comes with more than a whiff of self-righteous fervour as those who draft the laws feed on the indignation of those who deal with the social consequences of drunken behaviour. The revenue value of sin taxes makes it clear there is no moral basis for this impost: to the extent that the state taxes liquor, it enjoys the wages of sin. read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
South Africa’s leading online retailer adds liquor to its top shelf

South Africa’s leading online retailer adds liquor to its top shelf

17/05/2016 - 09:03
takealot.com, South Africa’s leading online retailer, adds a brand new Liquor category to its ever-growing product range this week. The new Liquor department is launching with a strong range of spirits, MCC, champagne and sparkling wine, offering customers the most convenient way possible to shop their favourite drinks. 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
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
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
Death tavern loses licence

Death tavern loses licence

02/11/2015 - 10:40
Cape Town - It was time for the police and the liquor licensing authority ‘to get tougher’ with liquor traders who fail to comply with the law, Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said yesterday.  read more
Cold comfort for Shoprite in top court’s ruling on wine licence

Cold comfort for Shoprite in top court’s ruling on wine licence

01/07/2015 - 10:42
By a narrow majority, the Constitutional Court decided on Tuesday that a licence to sell wine alongside other groceries was "property" in terms of the Constitution. read more
KRA to push for stiff fines in war on fake products

KRA to push for stiff fines in war on fake products

20/03/2014 - 13:16
Kenya Revenue Authority has backed rallying calls by manufacturers to classify counterfeiting of goods as an economic crime through an amendment to Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 2013.  read more
Inflation edges up from 7.3 % to 7.6%, trade surplus up to K283 million, Zambia

Inflation edges up from 7.3 % to 7.6%, trade surplus up to K283 million, Zambia

10/03/2014 - 12:42
Zambia’s annual rate of inflation consumer index has risen by 0.3 percentage points from 7.3 percent in January to 7.6 percent recorded in February. read more
Heineken gulps Tiger after takeover nod

Heineken gulps Tiger after takeover nod

28/09/2012 - 11:56
Singapore - Shareholders in the parent company of the Singapore-based brewer that makes Tiger Beer approved its takeover by Heineken Friday, increasing the Dutch giant's footprint in the growing Asian market. read more
Heineken clears hurdle to buy APB

Heineken clears hurdle to buy APB

19/09/2012 - 07:44
Singapore - A Thai rival on Wednesday vowed to back Dutch giant Heineken's takeover of major Asian brewer APB, defusing a potential clash ahead of a Singapore conglomerate's meeting on the issue.  read more
Study links BPA to heart disease

Study links BPA to heart disease

27/02/2012 - 09:39
Chemicals found in some food packaging can increase the risk of developing heart disease, according to new research from the UK. read more
KWV mulls release of heritage asset value

KWV mulls release of heritage asset value

09/02/2012 - 08:58
The board of wine and spirits group KWV will consider publishing the details of the valuations of its valuable heritage assets with its interim results, which are due out later this month. read more
Distell forecasts higher profit

Distell forecasts higher profit

24/01/2012 - 08:02
Liquor group Distell (DST) advised on Monday that earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the six months ended 31 December 2011 are likely to be between 20% and 25% higher than the corresponding reporting period of the previous year. read more
SA wine consumers on the rise

SA wine consumers on the rise

23/01/2012 - 10:57
Traditional stereotypes about wine in South Africa are fading as a new generation of black wine connoisseurs and producers enters the wine scene. read more
Southern Comfort brings brand character to Facebook

Southern Comfort brings brand character to Facebook

20/01/2012 - 13:53
Southern Comfort, the Brown Forman-owned spirits brand, has launched a Facebook campaign featuring the fictional New Orlean's music legend, 'Baron Jazz'. read more
SABMiller boosts beer volumes

SABMiller boosts beer volumes

19/01/2012 - 10:51
London - Global brewer SABMiller [JSE:SAB] reported a 3% rise in beer volumes in the last three months of 2011 to match forecasts, led by the emerging markets of Africa and Latin America which helped offset falls in North America and Europe.  read more
SABMiller launches MGD in China

SABMiller launches MGD in China

17/01/2012 - 07:38
London - The world’s second-largest brewer SABMiller [JSE:SAB] launched its first global brand, Miller Genuine Draft (MGD), in China on Monday to drive its growth in the world’s biggest beer market. read more
SABMiller prices $7bn bond issue

SABMiller prices $7bn bond issue

12/01/2012 - 09:48
Brewing giant SABMiller (SAB) subsidiary SABMiller Holdings Inc. has successfully priced a US$7 billion bond issue. read more
SABMiller pursues Castel's Africa unit

SABMiller pursues Castel's Africa unit

10/01/2012 - 09:16
London - Global brewer SABMiller [JSE:SAB] said it would be interested in acquiring the African brewing operations of French group Castel if it were available, as the two announced on Monday that they were strengthening their links in Africa. read more
France champagne maker introduces English sparkling wine

France champagne maker introduces English sparkling wine

09/01/2012 - 08:06
France-based Grand Cru Vineyard has released the English fizz wine, Meonhill, made from grapes grown from rootstocks planted in Hampshire.  read more
Russian Standard Vodka acquires 70% stake in Italian wine producer Gancia

Russian Standard Vodka acquires 70% stake in Italian wine producer Gancia

20/12/2011 - 09:17
Russian Standard Vodka, a premium Russian vodka brand owned by Roustam Tariko, has bought 70% stake in F.lli Gancia & C, an Italian sparkling-wine and vermouth producer to expand the Italian company. read more
SABMiller eyes Kenya's premium beer segment with Miller Genuine Draft

SABMiller eyes Kenya's premium beer segment with Miller Genuine Draft

08/12/2011 - 09:00
SABMiller will introduce its third beer, Miller Genuine Draft, in Kenya on 8 December, aiming at the premium segment of the local beer market which is currently catered to by rival beer brands Heineken and Tusker Malt. read more
Heineken buys 918 British pubs

Heineken buys 918 British pubs

05/12/2011 - 08:15
Amsterdam - Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has purchased Galaxy Pub Estate, owner of 918 pubs in Britain, from Royal Bank of Scotland PLC for 412 million pounds ($646 million) in cash. read more
Shipyard Brewing launches Applehead ale

Shipyard Brewing launches Applehead ale

02/12/2011 - 08:56
US-based Shipyard Brewing Company has added a new seasonal beer Applehead to its Pumpkinhead line. read more
Spar group’s Tops outlets boost growth despite competitive arena

Spar group’s Tops outlets boost growth despite competitive arena

30/11/2011 - 10:28
Spar Group emerged from a challenging consumer environment with a 10.4% growth in turnover and 3.9% increase in earnings as reported earlier this month in a performance partly boosted by the resilience of its liquor outlet, Tops. read more
Heineken opens regional headquarters in Kenya

Heineken opens regional headquarters in Kenya

30/11/2011 - 10:01
Dutch brewer Heineken has opened a regional headquarters in Nairobi to drive growth of its brands in the East African beer market. The office will be headed by its East African arm's general manager, Koen Morshuis. read more
Australia approves Foster's takeover

Australia approves Foster's takeover

28/11/2011 - 07:50
Sydney - Australia on Friday approved brewer SABMiller's AU$9.9bn takeover of Foster's, but with strict conditions that will see key operations remain in the country.  read more
Champagne Deutz to implement new brand representation strategy in US

Champagne Deutz to implement new brand representation strategy in US

25/11/2011 - 08:58
French champagne producer Champagne Deutz will implement a new Regional Representation strategy beginning 2012, allowing importers / distributors outside the Champagne Louis Roederer network to represent the brand in the US.  read more
Spar full-year profit lags consensus

Spar full-year profit lags consensus

22/11/2011 - 07:57
Johannesburg - Grocery retailer Spar Group [JSE:SPP] missed forecasts with a 3.3% rise in full-year profit as tough competition, weak selling prices and fragile consumer demand weighed on its margins. read more
Consol’s R1,9bn green plant opens

Consol’s R1,9bn green plant opens

18/11/2011 - 08:39
Consol Glass has officially opened its R1,1bn new environmentally efficient, world-class plant in Nigel near Johannesburg, mainly producing bottles for alcoholic beverages. read more
SAB grows market share and revenue

SAB grows market share and revenue

18/11/2011 - 08:20
Despite flat lager volume growth and a decline in soft drink volumes in its home market, SAB still managed to grow turnover and market share in the six months ended September, the company said yesterday.  read more
SABMiller eyes tougher time in Europe, US

SABMiller eyes tougher time in Europe, US

18/11/2011 - 08:01
London - Brewer SABMiller [JSE:SAB] narrowly missed forecasts with an 11% rise in half-year earnings on Thursday, and warned that trading in Europe and North America will stay tough as its input costs tick higher. read more
SABMiller invests $295m in Peru subsidiary

SABMiller invests $295m in Peru subsidiary

17/11/2011 - 10:52
Global brewing giant SABMiller is to invest in a $295 million capital investment programme in its Peruvian subsidiary Backus. read more
Heineken, Coca-Cola Hellenic to raise stakes in European JV

Heineken, Coca-Cola Hellenic to raise stakes in European JV

11/11/2011 - 09:19
Dutch brewing major HEINEKEN and Coca-Cola Hellenic have reached an agreement to acquire 41.2% shares in their joint venture beverage company, Pivara Skopje, in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in Europe. read more
New Belgian craft beer lands in UK market

New Belgian craft beer lands in UK market

10/11/2011 - 10:02
SABMiller subsidiary Miller Brands has signed a distribution deal with Van Steenberge Brewery and Sint Stefanus Monastery of Belgium, to launch a new craft beer, St Stefanus Belgian abbey beer, in the UK. read more
African roots create market for SABMiller

African roots create market for SABMiller

02/11/2011 - 15:35
Brewer launches low cost cassava-based beer for Mozambican market to capture previously untapped low income earners read more
Canadian wineries team up to form joint venture

Canadian wineries team up to form joint venture

01/11/2011 - 09:08
Canada-based Wayne Gretzky Estate Winery has entered into partnership with Andrew Peller Estates to form a Joint Venture with an aim to accelerate the growth of Wayne Gretzky Wines across Canada. read more
Odom-Southern buys Washington wine wholesaler Cavatappi

Odom-Southern buys Washington wine wholesaler Cavatappi

31/10/2011 - 09:14
Odom-Southern of the Pacific Northwest, a joint venture of Southern Wine & Spirits of America and the Odom Corporation has purchased Washington-based fine wine wholesaler Cavatappi Distribuzione (Cavatappi). read more
China's Yanjing beer gets new distributor in Spain

China's Yanjing beer gets new distributor in Spain

27/10/2011 - 10:22
The Yanjing Beer Group, a Chinese beverage producer, has selected Miquel Alimentació Group as the new and exclusive distributor of its Yanjing beer in Spain. read more
Diageo continues partnership with Southern Wine & Spirits

Diageo continues partnership with Southern Wine & Spirits

27/10/2011 - 10:18
Global premium spirits, wine, and beer producer Diageo has extended its agreements with Southern Wine & Spirits of America (Southern), a national wine and spirits distributor in the US. Southern will now continue to be the spirits company's exclusive distributor for eight US states. read more
Heineken Revenue Beats Estimates

Heineken Revenue Beats Estimates

26/10/2011 - 10:16
Heineken NV, the world’s third- biggest brewer by volume, reported revenue growth that beat estimates as sales in western Europe fell less than expected. read more
East African Breweries delays sale

East African Breweries delays sale

25/10/2011 - 08:23
SABMiller official confirms delay saying the process was awaiting approval of some documents by parties including Tanzania’s capital markets regulator read more
Jim Beam Meeting Skinnygirl Invites $11 Billion Liquor Takeover: Real M&A

Jim Beam Meeting Skinnygirl Invites $11 Billion Liquor Takeover: Real M&A

24/10/2011 - 09:22
Jim Beam bourbon and Skinnygirl cocktails may be enough to convince Pernod-Ricard SA (RI) and Diageo Plc (DGE) to attempt the biggest spirits acquisition in six years. read more
Tennent's Lager to expand into new international markets

Tennent's Lager to expand into new international markets

21/10/2011 - 09:42
Irish beer and cider producer C&C Group said its Tennent's Lager brand is set to expand into new international markets. The company is planning to take the beer, which is currently sold in Australia and Canada, to the US early next year and later to other countries in Europe. read more
SABMiller SA lager volumes flat, up 3% globally

SABMiller SA lager volumes flat, up 3% globally

20/10/2011 - 09:54
SABMiller, one of the world's largest brewers with interests and distribution agreements across six continents, on Wednesday noted flat lager volumes in its native market South Africa in the first half of its 2012 financial year, impacted by weaker consumer demand. Overall however, the group said it sold 3% more beer in the first half.  read more
SABMiller in strategic alliance with Anadolu Efes

SABMiller in strategic alliance with Anadolu Efes

19/10/2011 - 10:36
International brewer SABMiller and Anadolu Efes on Wednesday unveiled plans to form a strategic alliance that would create an entity that would hold the number two market position, in value terms, in the Russian beer market. read more
Major global firm offers to buy VuQo premium vodka maker

Major global firm offers to buy VuQo premium vodka maker

18/10/2011 - 09:54
VuQo Holdings Corp, the producer of VuQo Premium Vodka, said the company has received a letter of acquisition from a major global company known for establishing and operating bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and hotel and resort properties. read more
BrewDog uncaps brand's first beer brewed under seawater

BrewDog uncaps brand's first beer brewed under seawater

17/10/2011 - 09:21
Scottish craft brewing giant BrewDog has unveiled a new beer that is brewed at the bottom of the North Sea. The beer, by name Sunk Punk, is said to be the first beer to be brewed underwater. read more
Winemaker Bodegas Riojanas Targets Annual Profit Growth of as Much as 10%

Winemaker Bodegas Riojanas Targets Annual Profit Growth of as Much as 10%

12/10/2011 - 09:36
Bodegas Riojanas SA (RIO), a Spanish producer of Rioja wine founded in 1890, expects full-year earnings to climb from a year earlier as promotions and lower operating costs offset a battered domestic market. read more
Trump name boosts fledgling Va wine industry

Trump name boosts fledgling Va wine industry

11/10/2011 - 09:04
Virginia's fledgling wine industry got a global boost Tuesday from Donald Trump's millions of dollars, his celebrity and his luxury properties worldwide where wine from his new vineyard will be a staple. read more
KWV ‘plays legal points’ against shareholder proposal

KWV ‘plays legal points’ against shareholder proposal

07/10/2011 - 08:55
A legal battle is brewing between wine and spirits group KWV and some of its minority shareholders, led by activist Chris Logan, following moves by the minority shareholders to present a resolution to shareholders at the company’s upcoming annual general meeting (AGM). read more
Report of buyout talks sends SABMiller up 10%

Report of buyout talks sends SABMiller up 10%

07/10/2011 - 08:20
SABMiller "unlikely" to be bought by AB InBev because of the potential cost of exiting joint ventures, and the price of a takeover according to London analyst. read more