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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:


Interview: Distell Vineyards & Estates' CEO 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.


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.

Latest News

AB InBev targets South Africa with 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".


Hess Family Wine Estates sells Glen Carlou in SA 23 Dec 2016

California’s Hess Family Wine Estates has sold its South African winery Glen Carlou for an undisclosed sum.


AB InBev sells off SAB's Distell holding 15 Dec 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev has completed its SABMiller asset divestment programme in time for Christmas, offloading its near-30% stake in Distell today.


AB InBev stock disappoints in Johannesburg 14 Dec 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev is in line to end its first year on the Johannesburg stock exchange well down on its debut price, according to a report.


South Africa counters wine "slavery" claims 3 Nov 2016

South Africa’s wine industry has moved to defend itself from accusations of employee abuse made in a Danish documentary.


Distell's Three Ships 15 Year Old Pinotage Cask 29 Sep 2016

Distell has released a 15-year-old whisky finished in South Africa's Pinotage wine casks. Three Ships 15 Year Old Pinotage Cask Finish is limited to 4,000 bottles, 3,500 of which will be available to purchase. 


South Africa's Remgro eyes SAB's Distell shares 28 Sep 2016

South African conglomerate Remgro has said it is considering a move for SABMiller's stake in wine and spirits group Distell.


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. 

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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).