Awards and recognition for Bouchard Finlayson
Awards and recognition for Bouchard Finlayson

The Hemel-en-Aarde winery Bouchard Finlayson has won a host of awards and accolades for its vintages recently...

15 hours ago

SA brandies shine in London
SA brandies shine in London

A judging panel at the recent Global Spirits Masters blind tasting competition in the UK has stated that South African brandies shone "head and shoulders above entrants from other parts of the world" and awarded nine silver medals to South African brandies assessed and gold to the Oude Molen XO...

1 day ago

Scottish Leader appoints new female lead blender
Scottish Leader appoints new female lead blender

You can savour the smooth, sweet, rich and smokey taste of the new Scottish Leader Signature this World Whisky Day, on 21 May, 2016, and drink a toast to the new female lead blender for Scottish Leader: Dr Kirstie McCallum...

20 May 2016

Pernod Ricard sells Paddy Whiskey to US drinks company Sazerac
Pernod Ricard sells Paddy Whiskey to US drinks company Sazerac

France's drinks giant Pernod Ricard said Tuesday it is selling Paddy Whiskey to American drinks company Sazerac as part of efforts to streamline its portfolio...

19 May 2016

Jameson takes local brewery partners to launch Caskmates in SA
Jameson takes local brewery partners to launch Caskmates in SA

Irish whiskey Jameson has partnered with a pair of South African breweries - the Ubuntu Kraal Brewery in Joburg and the Devil's Peak Brewing Company in Cape Town - to launch its Caskmates brand in this country...

17 May 2016

Takealot.com adds liquor to its range
Takealot.com adds liquor to its range

Online retailer Takealot.com has added a liquor category to its product range this week. The new liquor department launches with a strong range of spirits, MCC, champagne and sparkling wine...

16 May 2016

Johnnie Walker Green Label to return
Johnnie Walker Green Label to return

Johnnie Walker is reintroducing its blended malt Scotch whisky, Johnnie Walker Green Label, which is crafted from malt whiskies from distilleries across Scotland that have been matured for a minimum of 15 years...

10 May 2016

Grant's 18 Year Old whisky now available in SA
Grant's 18 Year Old whisky now available in SA

Grant's has announced the launch of Grant's 18 Year Old in South Africa...

6 May 2016

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Commission requests another extension to look at SAB deal with AB InBev

The Competition Commission will ask for another extension to scrutinise Anheuser-Busch InBev's (AB InBev's) planned $106bn takeover of SABMiller, its spokesman said on Thursday...

6 May 2016

Craft gins gain favour among South African middle class
Craft gins gain favour among South African middle class

A growing taste for premium spirits among an emerging South African middle class has spurred an explosion in boutique gin producers who are using unique local ingredients to flavour their drinks...

By Michelle Gumede 28 Apr 2016

Rushton shuffles in new board at main Distell subsidiary
Rushton shuffles in new board at main Distell subsidiary

There is no mention of an "old guard" in Distell's announcement that five of the executive directors on the board of its unlisted operating company will be replaced by executives who joined the firm after Richard Rushton's appointment as MD in 2013. The changes do not affect listed Distell Group's board...

By Ann Crotty 19 Apr 2016

Probe into takeover of SABMiller
Probe into takeover of SABMiller

The Competition Commission is set to request an extension to Tuesday's deadline for completion of its investigation into the Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) takeover of SABMiller...

By Ann Crotty 4 Apr 2016

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#BrandManagerMonth: Silke Bucker from SAB on the launch of Carling Blue Label beer

The launch of Carling Blue Label beer is quite interesting as its history is deeply entrenched in Carling's Black Label product...

By Jessica Taylor 29 Mar 2016

CBC launches new Pale Ale in revolutionary can
CBC launches new Pale Ale in revolutionary can

The Cape Brewing Company is challenging traditional perceptions of craft beer by introducing its newest creation in the latest generation of aluminium can. CBC, which has not previously used a can for any of its beers, felt that the quality of the latest generation of aluminium can was finally good enough for its customers, and its beer...

14 Mar 2016

Loco new launch for Savanna
Loco new launch for Savanna

Savanna has taken on a Mexican twist with the launch of a limited edition release cider, Savanna Loco, which combines the crisp taste of Savanna Dry with fresh tequila flavour in a market first for South Africa...

10 Mar 2016

Slow, sweet road to brilliant brandy
Slow, sweet road to brilliant brandy

Van Ryn's 12-year-old Distillers Reserve competed with more than 7,000 entries and won the Worldwide Brandy trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London last year. It was the 12th time a local brandy had scooped the top prize in the past 15 years...

By Eugene Yiga 11 Jan 2016

BMi Research sorghum beer report in South Africa
BMi Research sorghum beer report in South Africa

Recent findings released by BMi Research reveal that the sorghum beer market in South Africa has been steadily declining over the past three years...

Issued by BMi Research 11 Dec 2015

Sale of leading brands likely as beer giants make deal easier to swallow
Sale of leading brands likely as beer giants make deal easier to swallow

SABMiller would probably need to sell top European brands Peroni and Grolsch to gain competition authority approval for its proposed merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the parties said yesterday...

4 Dec 2015

Kanonkop's Abrie Beeslaar announced world's top winemaker
Kanonkop's Abrie Beeslaar announced world's top winemaker

NEWSWATCH: For the second time, Kanonkop cellarmaster Abrie Beeslaar was announced as Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) gala award ceremony held in London on Thursday, 26 November...

3 Dec 2015

Non-traditional beer drinkers are drinking more beer, says Bierfest organiser
Non-traditional beer drinkers are drinking more beer, says Bierfest organiser

Thirsty South Africans are increasingly quenching their craving on craft beers. So much so that by 2017 predictions are that 18 million litres will be lapped up by consumers, as microbreweries malt and mash their way to increased market share...

3 Dec 2015

Distell named Distiller of the Year for 2015
Distell named Distiller of the Year for 2015

Distell has been judged the International Wine & Spirit Competition's (IWSC) Distiller of the Year for 2015. This is the second time the Stellenbosch-based company has triumphed against famous-name whisky, whiskey and cognac producers across Europe, North America and Asia...

30 Nov 2015

SAB launches Carling Blue Label
SAB launches Carling Blue Label

SAB has launched Carling Blue Label, SAB's first single malt variety beer, which comes with a rich malty flavour, a subtle yet complex aroma and a smooth finish...

24 Nov 2015

Dinner with Style comes to Cape Town
Dinner with Style comes to Cape Town

The entrepreneurial fashion duo behind The Good Sir, Theo Ngobeni and Zano Sithetho, recently brought their Dinner with Style series - which was launched in Sandton in July - to Cape Town.

5 Nov 2015

Non-alcoholic alternative to wine launches countrywide
Non-alcoholic alternative to wine launches countrywide

Zari, a non-alcoholic alternative to wine, is launching Zari Lifestyle, its 750ml bottle, in Pick n Pay stores across the country this week...

29 Oct 2015

J.C. Le Roux launches new limited edition
J.C. Le Roux launches new limited edition

With the new limited edition J.C. Le Roux Chrysalis Collection, each individual sparkling wine has been transformed with beautifully designed foils and ribbons adorned with butterflies, birds, enchanted forests and flowers to represent new life...

28 Oct 2015

J.C. Le Roux launches festive season gift pack
J.C. Le Roux launches festive season gift pack

J.C. Le Roux has launched a special edition J.C. Le Roux Scintilla 2008, presented in a cylindrical gift pack that doubles up as a cooler to keep the prestige cuvée perfectly chilled. Just add ice to the tube...

21 Oct 2015

Nedbank Green Wine Awards winners announced
Nedbank Green Wine Awards winners announced

A substantial number of Cape producers continue to lead the way globally, actively conserving part of their land and minimising their agricultural footprint while making enjoyable - and often impressive - wines...

20 Oct 2015

Krone unveils new twist-open-and-close cork
Krone unveils new twist-open-and-close cork

Krone has introduced a new way to enjoy all that defines Krone, with the release of Krone Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2015 and the Helix Concept...

19 Oct 2015

Belvedere reveals limited edition James Bond vodka
Belvedere reveals limited edition James Bond vodka

Belvedere vodka has revealed the Belvedere 007 SPECTRE limited editions in celebration of its partnership with the 24th Bond adventure, SPECTRE, due for release in the UK on 26 October, 2015 and in the US on 6 November 2015...

19 Oct 2015

Distell takes the lion's share at the Veritas Awards
Distell takes the lion's share at the Veritas Awards

Brandies produced by Distell have garnered the most accolades at the Veritas Awards, taking home a haul of medals...

19 Oct 2015

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