South Africa: Latest beverage news & analysis
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Chinese investor has acquired a controlling stake in South Africa's Swartland Winery, according to reports.
Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has acquired a property in South Africa's Stellenbosch region, its first foray into the country.
SPI Group is to switch distributor for its Stolichnaya vodka portfolio in South Africa, teaming up with wine and spirits maker KWV.
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.
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 has called time on its franchise agreement with PepsiCo in South Africa.
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.
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 Group has taken full control of US importer and distributor International Beverage Company (IBC) for an undisclosed fee.
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.
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.
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