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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

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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

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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

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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
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

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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

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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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J.C. Le Roux's Gold Medal winner released

The new Scintilla vintage - the signature Méthode Cap Classique from The House of J.C. Le Roux - which recently won a Gold Medal at the 2015 Veritas Awards, has just been released...

16 Oct 2015

Legacy gives brand the edge
Legacy gives brand the edge

The increased affluent levels in the country - and even the continent - have given rise to a higher uptake of luxury brands. Single malt whisky is one of these brands, as proved by the fact that it is ahead of the total category growth...

By Danette Breitenbach 16 Oct 2015

Carrol Boyes wins Best MCC at the Michelangelo Wine Awards
Carrol Boyes wins Best MCC at the Michelangelo Wine Awards

The Carrol Boyes Limited Edition Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2011 Méthode Cap Classique has won Best MCC of the Year at the 2015 Michelangelo Wine Awards...

15 Oct 2015

Rare Frank Sinatra commemorative Jack Daniel's Whiskey comes to SA
Rare Frank Sinatra commemorative Jack Daniel's Whiskey comes to SA

The Jack Daniel Distillery has announced the release of Jack Daniel's Sinatra Century, the brand's latest collaboration with the Sinatra family to celebrate the day that Frank would've turned 100 years old...

15 Oct 2015

Three Ships launches limited edition
Three Ships launches limited edition

Three Ships Whisky has launched a rare single cask single malt whisky to showcase the extraordinary whisky crafted at The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington...

14 Oct 2015

Disaronno and Roberto Cavalli redesign limited edition
Disaronno and Roberto Cavalli redesign limited edition

Disaronno, the Italian liqueur, has a new look for the holiday season as designed by Roberto Cavalli...

12 Oct 2015

SABMiller rejects AB InBev offer, opening door for hostile takeover
SABMiller rejects AB InBev offer, opening door for hostile takeover

The board of SABMiller on Wednesday rejected a buyout proposal from Anheuser-Busch InBev that would have created the world's single largest beer brewer by volume...

By Sikonathi Mantshantsha 8 Oct 2015

SABMiller group net producer revenue hit by currency movements
SABMiller group net producer revenue hit by currency movements

SABMiller (SAB) on Tuesday reported a decline in interim revenue as key operating currencies depreciated against the US dollar...

6 Oct 2015

Smirnoff celebrates spring with the launch of two new flavours
Smirnoff celebrates spring with the launch of two new flavours

Smirnoff trialled two new flavours at the Spring Fiesta held at the Wild Waters Complex in Ekurhuleni over the weekend...

5 Oct 2015

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