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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.


Focus - Is South Africa About to Raise Legal 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:


just the Answer: Distell Vineyards & Estates' CEO, Carina Gous 20 Nov 2014

Earlier this year, South African multi-category drinks producer Distell set up a unit specifically for its higher-end wine portfolio. The CEO of Distell Vineyards & Estates, Carina Gous, spoke to just-drinks earlier this year about the new division, its plans abroad and the prospects for the broader South African wine category going forward.


Comment - Why are Big Beer and Craft Producers Cosying Up in South Africa? 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.

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Maritime & Mercantile International secures Asahi distribution after South Africa deal 9 Oct 2017

Dubai-based distributor Maritime & Mercantile International is to handle Asahi's portfolio in South Africa after acquiring a majority stake in Brand 2 Consumer Premium Drinks Co.


Coca-Cola Co closes on Anheuser-Busch InBev's control of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa 5 Oct 2017

Anheuser-Busch InBev and The Coca-Cola Co have completed the transition of the former's stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa to the latter.


Anheuser-Busch InBev's South African Breweries to create 10,000 jobs by 2021 5 Sep 2017

Anheuser-Busch InBev's South African Breweries (SAB) unit has launched an entrepreneurship campaign to help create 10,000 jobs in South Africa by 2021. 


Anheuser-Busch InBev invests US$207m in South African Breweries expansion 12 Jul 2017

Anheuser-Busch InBev's South African Breweries unit has invested ZAR2.8bn (US$206.7m) in expansions at its Alrode and Rosslyn breweries. 


Coca-Cola Beverages Africa sells Appletiser stake to appease regulators 11 May 2017

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa has offloaded a 21.5% stake in Appletiser to black-owned South African groups as part of its merger agreement.


Distell adds Cruz Vodka to spirits portfolio, with 75% stake purchase 24 Apr 2017

Distell has purchased majority control of the Cruz Vodka brand, marking its entry into the white spirits segment.


Heineken turns to South Africa with Stellenbrau craft brewery buy 29 Mar 2017

Heineken has bought South African craft brewer Stellenbrau for an undisclosed amount.


South Africa boosts wine export value - figures 22 Feb 2017

South African wine's export value growth jumped ahead of export volumes' last year as producers focussed on premium bottled lines.


Anheuser-Busch InBev targets South Africa management with voluntary redundancy plan 23 Jan 2017

Anheuser-Busch InBev is offering voluntary redundancy to management in South Africa as it looks to restructure operations in the country following its takeover of SABMiller.


Three separate fires hit South Africa's wine lands 10 Jan 2017

Four wineries in South Africa’s Western Cape have been damaged by fires in the region, with a fifth, in Paarl, being "practically burnt to the ground".

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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).