BizTrends 2018


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Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

"GIAHS is also about innovation and opportunities, including broadening access to new markets and businesses such as eco-labelling, agri-tourism, youth empowerment to add value to our agricultural patrimony."

1 day ago

Clone tastings: Vititec puts experimental wines through their paces

"We produce between 50 and 60 experimental wines every year, all part of the clone evaluation process. The feedback from the tasters gives us a good indication of quality and consumer appeal. If the wine meets these requirements, we propagate these cultivars and clones and distribute it commercially."

1 day ago

Truman & Orange launches Mionetto prosecco in SA

One of the world's top-selling prosecco brands, Mionetto, is now available in South Africa....

17 Apr 2018

Orange River Cellars makes strategic expansion into raisin business

"While we have become renowned as a volume wine producer, everyone knows that bigger is not necessarily better," says Du Plessis, "especially in a wine market where too many large South African producers find themselves as price-takers instead of price-makers."

11 Apr 2018

Study sheds light on SA consumers' attitudes towards wine

According to research, South African wine consumers share similar perceptions about wine across different ethnic groups...

6 Apr 2018

2018 Wine and Beer Label Design Awards winners

The results of the fourth annual Wine Label Design Awards and the inaugural Beer Label Design Awards were announced last month at the Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm...

3 Apr 2018

Bad weather results in smallest wine grape crop since 2005

As wine grape producers and cellars take in the last of the 2018 wine grape harvest, viticulturists and cellars estimate that it will be the smallest crop since 2005. Vinpro's viticulturists give an overview of the regions...

28 Mar 2018

Expert: Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought

Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment...

23 Mar 2018

Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategy

The looming challenges associated with an unhealthy or dissatisfied labour force requires urgent attention. "To achieve longer-term prosperity in agriculture, we must make the health and financial security of workers of all levels a priority."

22 Mar 2018

Climate change a top concern for agribusinesses

The Allianz Risk Barometer 2018 reveals that climate change or increasing volatility of weather is a top concern for agribusinesses. Farming is a high-risk industry faced with uncontrollable threats like hailstorms, floods, disease outbreaks and drought...

20 Mar 2018

Creating a sustainable wine future: CapeWine 2018 opening seminar speakers announced

South African wine producers are readying themselves for CapeWine 2018, under the theme \Hannuwa - encapsulating the philosophy of the South African wine industry as a pledge to farming sustainably...

19 Mar 2018

Wine Cellar tasters determine top luxury white wines

Wine Cellar - with expert palates Roland Peens and James Pietersen - recently hosted its second luxury white taste-off, which saw 74 tasters assemble in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

15 Mar 2018

Jobs and profits drying up on Western Cape grape farms

A grape farmer in Vredendal says he will make no profit this season. He has employed 30 fewer seasonal workers and, depending on rainfall this winter, may have to retrench permanent staff...

By Aidan Jones 9 Mar 2018

Wine industry prioritising transformation and talent development

The South African wine industry has prioritised transformation and the development of people as key imperatives to ensure a strong and sustainable future...

8 Mar 2018

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