Visari has offered to buy KWV’s operating assets.
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KWV shareholders get offer they can toast

The end might finally be in sight for the long-suffering minority shareholders in KWV, the Paarl-based liquor company whose brands include Roodeberg and Cathedral Cellar...

By Ann Crotty 1 day ago

Van Ryn's named Top Brandy Producer
Van Ryn's named Top Brandy Producer

Stellenbosch-based Van Ryn's has been named the country's Top Brandy Producer by the South African Wine Index (SAWi), which was established in 2009 with the aim of independently identifying the country's best wines in the hope of assisting with the international promotion of the industry...

3 days ago

Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller branded beers.
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Brexit vote grim news for SABMiller

The £44 a share offer for SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) became significantly less attractive for shareholders after sterling was battered in the chaotic response to the UK voting to leave the EU...

By Ann Crotty 27 Jun 2016

Heineken seeks brewers' pledge on fridge space and 'dirty tricks'
Heineken seeks brewers' pledge on fridge space and 'dirty tricks'

Major rival Heineken on Wednesday hit SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) with a slew of conditions it wants the Competition Tribunal to impose on the $108bn merger...

By Fifi Peters 23 Jun 2016

#FreshOffTheShelf: Amarula launches new bottle to celebrate elephant conservation
#FreshOffTheShelf: Amarula launches new bottle to celebrate elephant conservation

Amarula Cream is asking travellers everywhere to celebrate African elephants and their conservation with a new bottle, which will be launched through travel retail stores...

21 Jun 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller branded beers.
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Tribunal go-ahead for brewers' deal expected in July

The Competition Tribunal is expected to give the go-ahead to the Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller merger in the first week of July, with some tweaking of the conditions imposed by the Competition Commission...

By Ann Crotty 9 Jun 2016

Big wins for Nederburg at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
Big wins for Nederburg at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

Nederburg has won two trophies, three gold and five silver medals at this year's Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and has emerged as one of the top-three performers in the competition...

3 Jun 2016

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Distell share surges on sell-off ruling

The Distell share price has surged 6% since the Competition Commission ruled that SABMiller had to sell its 27% stake in the cider and spirits group...

By Ann Crotty 3 Jun 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon Report recognises Plaisir de Merle
Cabernet Sauvignon Report recognises Plaisir de Merle

The Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 vintage has been singled out as one of the top three selected in this year's exclusive report on South African Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine received a rating of 93 out of 100 - third-highest in a flight of only 60 wines selected by the judging panel and announced this week...

2 Jun 2016

Two trophies for Neethlingshof at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
Two trophies for Neethlingshof at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch has won the trophy for the Best Dessert Museum Class Wine and also the overall Best Museum Class Wine for its 2009 Neethlingshof Short Story Collection Maria Noble Late Harvest at this year's Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show...

1 Jun 2016

KWV & Cola.
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Vasari has big ambitions for KWV

The new controlling shareholder of liquor group KWV Holdings will have its work cut out to fortify profits in the brandy sector...

By Marc Hasenfuss 1 Jun 2016

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...

31 May 2016

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...

30 May 2016

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

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