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South Africa's Bulk Wine Curse - Comment 15 Sep 2015

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.

Will South Africa Raise Drinking Age to 21? 28 May 2015

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.

just the Facts - United National Breweries 2 Apr 2015

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:

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.

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Heineken adds Sol firepower to South Africa 14 Sep 2016

Heineken has launched its Sol Mexican lager brand in South Africa as it prepares to lock horns with the incoming Anheuser-Busch InBev.

CCBA warns sugar tax may hurt merger terms 19 Aug 2016

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa has expressed concerns over meeting merger conditions, should South Africa implement its current sugar tax plan. 

Distell's Three Ships 10 Year Old whisky - NPD 17 Aug 2016

Distell has announced the release of a 10-year-old South African whisky, which carries a 2005 vintage statement.

South Africa outlines 20% sugar tax on sodas 11 Jul 2016

South Africa's Treasury has proposed a 20% tax on sugary soft drinks to help fight obesity-related diseases.

AB InBev instructed to sell SAB Distell stake 31 May 2016

South Africa’s Competition Commission has approved Anheuser-Busch InBev’s takeover of SABMiller, provided the merged entity sells SAB’s stake in Distell.

SABMiller yields to regulators ahead of CCBA meet 4 May 2016

SABMiller has agreed a number of concessions with South African regulators as it continues to chase approval for its Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) merger.

AB InBev pledges no SA job losses in Gov't deal 14 Apr 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has taken a major step towards securing South African clearance for its takeover of SABMiller.

SA's competition commission extends AB InBev probe 5 Apr 2016

South Africa's competition commission has extended today's deadline for the conclusion of its investigation into the impending takeover of SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev. 

Home advantage boosts Distell's H1 17 Feb 2016

A strong performance in its home South African market drove double-digit sales and profits growth for Distell in the first half of the year, but the company warned of challenges ahead.

Jose Cuervo adds Tradicional Reposado to S Africa 1 Feb 2016

Jose Cuervo has launched so-called "sipping" Tequila Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado in South Africa.

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Cape Wine - Day Three - Is Swartland a victim of its own success? 17 Sep 2015

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.

Cape Wine - Day Two - The politics of wine 15 Sep 2015

Today is the opening day at Cape Wine 2015 and that means the morning was taken up by welcome speeches.

Cape Wine - Day One - Cape of Good Hope 14 Sep 2015

just-drinks is in South Africa for the Cape Wine exhibition this week, courtesy of Wines of South Africa (WOSA).