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Sweetened SABMiller offer is final, says AB InBev

BRUSSELS - Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, said its offer for nearest rival SABMiller was final and could not be changed...

By Philip Blenkinsop 1 day ago

#FreshOffTheShelf: Blood Serpent, Africa's first carbon neutral beer
#FreshOffTheShelf: Blood Serpent, Africa's first carbon neutral beer

South African brewer, Darling Brew has launched Blood Serpent, the first carbon neutral beer in Africa. Darling Brew is a microbrewery located in Darling in the Western Cape...

2 days ago

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AB InBev raises its offer for SABMiller to £45

Anheuser-Busch InBev raised its offer for SABMiller to £45 from £44 and sweetened its share alternative on Tuesday...

By Robert Laing 26 Jul 2016

Krone launches Night Nectar Demi-Sec Rosé
Krone launches Night Nectar Demi-Sec Rosé

Krone launches Night Nectar Demi-Sec Rosé, a bottle-fermented and lees-matured sparkling wine, blending traditional Champagne varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir...

26 Jul 2016

SABMiller CEO Alan Clark will receive as much as R1.2bn in bonuses and share options when the merger with AB InBev is completed.
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Merger brews up unequal rewards

The $74bn union between brewing titans SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is on the cusp of completion. After all the boxes are ticked, minority shareholders of the South African brewing icon will be first in line to cash in their shares at the lucrative offer price of £44 each.

By Fifi Peters 22 Jul 2016

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Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky wins Whiskies of the World Trophy

At the International Spirits Competition (ISC), held recently in London, Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky won Whiskies of the World Trophy, one of only three whiskies in the category that featured many international brands, to have been bestowed a trophy...

13 Jul 2016

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International Spirit Challenge awards 'World's Best Producer' and 'World's Best Brandy' to KWV

At the 2016 International Spirit Challenge Awards in London earlier this week, the KWV won the prestigious title of World's Best Brandy/Cognac Producer for the second year and World's Best Brandy for its KWV15, beating Cognacs and brandies from 70 countries...

8 Jul 2016

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Why the SABMiller megadeal is a headache for the Reserve Bank

From the rand's perspective, now would be a good time for the government to announce whatever bad news or bizarre Cabinet appointments it might have up its sleeve...

By Ann Crotty 8 Jul 2016

The Glenlivet takes Gold at International Spirits Challenge
The Glenlivet takes Gold at International Spirits Challenge

At the International Spirits Challenge, held in June 2016 in the UK, The Glenlivet achieved gold for its Master Distiller's Reserve and seven silver awards...

7 Jul 2016

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 30 Jun 2016

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...

28 Jun 2016

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

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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

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