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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

Distell chases larger share of SA premium wine 8 Sep 2014

Distell is looking to increase from sales of higher-end wine offerings in its export markets, particularly the UK.


SABMiller completes US$1bn Tsogo Sun share sale 29 Aug 2014

SABMiller has upped its earnings from the sale of its Tsogo Sun Holdings shares to ZAR10.6bn (US$1bn) after divesting the last of its interest.


Distell FY boosted by weak rand 26 Aug 2014

Strong sales in its export markets and a weak South African rand has helped Distell deliver a double-digit rise in full-year revenue.


Castle Milk Stout Chocolate Infused Stout launches 19 Aug 2014

SABMiller's South African unit has launched a "limited-edition" chocolate infused version of its Castle Milk Stout brand.


Distell to take 26% stake in spirits firm KHEAL 18 Jul 2014

Distell Group is to acquire a 26% stake in Kenyan spirits firm KWA Holding East Africa Limited (KHEAL) for KES860m (US$9.8m).


SABMiller nets US$707m from Tsogo Sun share sale 18 Jul 2014

SABMiller has earnt ZAR7.6bn (US$707m) through the placing of its ordinary shares in South African gaming, hotel and entertainment group Tsogo Sun Holdings.


SABMiller offloads Tsogo Sun shares for US$1bn 7 Jul 2014

SABMiller is in line to earn around US$1bn from the sale of its holding in South African gaming, hotel and entertainment group Tsogo Sun Holdings.


WoSA votes in ex-banker as new chairman 9 May 2014

Wines of South Africa (WoSA) has elected the former CEO of First National Bank as its new chairman.


SABMiller's soft drinks unit plans 400 job cuts 14 Apr 2014

SABMiller has confirmed that it expects to cut around 400 jobs at its South African soft drinks unit Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI).


South African bulk wine needs new markets 14 Apr 2014

South Africa's bulk wine producers are likely to have to find new markets this year as competition in Europe intensifies, according to a new report.

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.