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Why are Big Beer and Craft Cosying Up in SA? 31 Mar 2014

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 eyes growth in South African soft drinks 31 Mar 2014

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.

SABMiller aims to capture SA women drinkers 31 Mar 2014

An on-going rise in the number of women in South Africa choosing to drink alcohol has been identified as an opportunity for SABMiller, with the brewer upping its focus on sweeter beers to capitalise on the trend.

Comment - It's Wrong to Boycott South African Wine 1 Feb 2013

Last week, British newspaper The Guardian published a news story on striking grape workers in South Africa. In the article, a union leader called for a boycott in the UK of the country's wines. Here, the head of the Wines of South Africa trade body, Su Birch, argues against the call.

Cape Wine 2012: Quality Matches Ambition 1 Oct 2012

How best to sum up Cape Wine 2012? The three words that kept cropping up over the course of this showcasing of South Africa's wine industry were optimism, ambition and quality.

Latest News

Chinese investor bags 51% of Swartland Winery 23 Dec 2014

A Chinese investor has acquired a controlling stake in South Africa's Swartland Winery, according to reports.

Jackson Family Wines buys Stellenbosch winery 17 Dec 2014

Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has acquired a property in South Africa's Stellenbosch region, its first foray into the country.

SPI Group lines up KWV as South Africa distributor 15 Dec 2014

SPI Group is to switch distributor for its Stolichnaya vodka portfolio in South Africa, teaming up with wine and spirits maker KWV.

SABMiller teams with Coca-Cola Co, Sabco in Africa 27 Nov 2014

SABMiller has secured an agreement with The Coca-Cola Co and the majority shareholders in Coca-Cola Sabco to create the world's tenth largest Coca-Cola bottler.

Cape Wine moves to every three years 25 Nov 2014

The trade association for the South African wine industry has switched its Cape Wine trade exhibition from a biennial to a triennial event.

Pioneer Foods to exit PepsiCo SA franchise 25 Nov 2014

Pioneer Foods has called time on its franchise agreement with PepsiCo in South Africa.

KWV's Earth’s Essence Pinotage 19 Nov 2014

KWV has launched what it claims to be the world’s first ‘natural’ Pinotage. Earth's Essence does not contain any sulphites or preservatives, thanks to a patented process using indigenous Rooibos and Honeybush wood.

Edward Snell's Russian Bear Single Batch Vodka 6 Nov 2014

South African spirits producer Edward Snell & Co's has released a “premium” extension to its Russian Bear vodka brand targeted at the gifting market.

Distell completes IBC takeover 6 Oct 2014

Distell Group has taken full control of US importer and distributor International Beverage Company (IBC) for an undisclosed fee.

WoSA chief admits "challenging" year 25 Sep 2014

The head of Wines of South Africa has admitted it has been a “challenging” time in her first 11 months in the job, but believes the trade group is making progress in highlighting the growing quality of the country's wines.

Latest blogs

Diageo's Bell's whisky ad proves industry is a soft touch 7 Feb 2014

It seems to me that ads for alcohol used to fall into two categories - funny or cool. Nowadays, marketing men appear to be branching out into a third option - touchy feely.