South Africa: Latest beverage news & analysis
Trade show opening speeches are rarely roof-raisers and Cape Wine 2015's today was true to form. However, Siobhan Thompson's welcome address did contain one particular point of interest.
Last week, the South African government put up for public discussion proposed changes to the country's alcohol regulations. The 36-page Liquor Policy Review has caused a few ripples as it contends not only that alcohol producers and retailers should be made liable for drink-related damage to consumers but that the minimum drinking age should be increased from 18 to 21.
Earlier today, Diageo confirmed plans to take full control of UB Group's United National Breweries. The Guinness producer will pay an initial US$22m for the 50% of the sorghum beer producer it does not already own. Here's some facts on United National Breweries:
Craft brewers and big beer firms may be on opposite sides of the trenches in the US, but the situation appears to be a little different in South Africa.
SABMiller’s South African soft drinks business is aiming for up to 5% medium-term annual volume growth, but has warned of current challenges such as a weakening Rand and social unrest in the lead-up to elections.
Food and beverage group Clover has acquired 'retro' South African drinks brand Frankie’s Olde Soft Drinks for an undisclosed sum.
Distell has introduced an updated label design and bottle shape for its South African whisky brand Three Ships.
The UK & Ireland general manager of Accolade Wines has challenged the South African wine industry to show leadership and focus more on brand-led sales.
Trade association Wines of South Africa's CEO has said the South African wine industry is “still a work in progress”.
South Africa's alcohol trade body has offered to work with the government over proposed changes to alcohol laws that include lowering the minimum drinking age.
Accolade Wine's South African brand, Fish Hoek, will qualify for Fairtrade status from the 2015 vintage.
Diageo has agreed a deal to take full control of UB Group's South African sorghum beer business, United National Breweries (UNB).
Virgin Limited Edition, the luxury hotel chain, and consultancy Litmus Wines have set up a new winemaking and sales joint venture in South Africa.
A new campaign has been launched aimed at bringing more wine bottling back to South Africa in the face of accelerating bulk exports.
A decision to clear SABMiller over claims that it engaged in anti-competitive behaviour in South Africa has been upheld.
The stand for Swartland Independent Producers sits in the far back corner of the Cape Wine exhibition hall, but its influence can be felt across the show floor.
Today is the opening day at Cape Wine 2015 and that means the morning was taken up by welcome speeches.
just-drinks is in South Africa for the Cape Wine exhibition this week, courtesy of Wines of South Africa (WOSA).
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