keyboard_arrow_upNot all rooibos is created equal
keyboard_arrow_downNot all rooibos is created equal

South Africa’s very own Rooibos is no newcomer on the international tea table. Best known for its distinctive colour, taste and aroma, Rooibos carries a wealth of health benefits and contains no colourants, additives or preservatives and best of all, no calories. This liquid gold is world-renowned to relieve stress, nervous tension and hypertensive conditions. […]

keyboard_arrow_upHow to keep your beer fresh
keyboard_arrow_downHow to keep your beer fresh

Did you know that light, heat and even the hygiene of your glasses can impact the freshness of your beer?

keyboard_arrow_upKHS presents the world’s first fully recyclable juice bottle
keyboard_arrow_downKHS presents the world’s first fully recyclable juice bottle

With increasing demand from consumers and the beverage industry for packaging which saves on resources, companies must now take the entire life cycle of its containers into account. KHS is addressing this issue with its new Beyond Juice concept. For the first time the Dortmund systems provider has now developed a fully recyclable juice bottle […]

keyboard_arrow_upSouth Africa’s 10 best Sauvignon Blanc wines revealed
keyboard_arrow_downSouth Africa’s 10 best Sauvignon Blanc wines revealed

Sauvignon Blanc South Africa and FNB have revealed the winners of the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition with no less than eight out of the 10 victors being from the 2019 vintage.

keyboard_arrow_upA step closer to celebrating SA’s top 10 Sauvignon Blanc wines
keyboard_arrow_downA step closer to celebrating SA’s top 10 Sauvignon Blanc wines

Sauvignon Blanc South Africa and FNB have announced the top 20 contenders in the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition, South Africa’s only competition exclusively devoted to Sauvignon Blanc. A total of 107 producers submitted 183 wines – up from 177 last year – for this year’s competition.

keyboard_arrow_upWelgegund Heritage Wines honoured by Master of Wine
keyboard_arrow_downWelgegund Heritage Wines honoured by Master of Wine

Welgegund Heritage Wines has broken the venerable 90-point barrier in Tim Atkin’s 2019 South Africa Special Report with two 2017 special releases from low-yielding dryland bush vines: Welgegund Heritage Wines Grenache Noir and Cinsault with 93 and 91 points respectively.

keyboard_arrow_upCastle Lite locks in the cold this summer
keyboard_arrow_downCastle Lite locks in the cold this summer

Whatever your choice of fun- whether it’s a picnic in the park, jazz by the lake, a braai with friends in your back yard, a journey to your hometown to catch up with loved ones, or your choice from a plethora of parties catching up with friends, you’re in for an experience like no other! […]

keyboard_arrow_upGEA presents solutions for craft brewers at BrauBeviale
keyboard_arrow_downGEA presents solutions for craft brewers at BrauBeviale

The GEA presentation at BrauBeviale from 12 to 14 November 2019 in Nuremberg (GEA booth in Hall 7/7-600) aims to surprise with a fresh take. This time, the specialist technology group is not only focusing on new products for the beverage industry but also on inviting customers to discuss their own specific expectations and challenges […]

keyboard_arrow_upAre PET bottle alternatives a truly green option?
keyboard_arrow_downAre PET bottle alternatives a truly green option?

A new study from environmental think tank Green Alliance has shown that bottled water alternatives are not as green as they claim to be. The study examined if alternative forms of packaging – aluminium, glass and cartons – are less harmful to the environment than PET or the other food grade plastics used for making […]

keyboard_arrow_up25 years of producing timeless wines
keyboard_arrow_down25 years of producing timeless wines

Family values and a single minded vision to produce timeless, world class wines is the bedrock of Tokara, the prestigious Stellenbosch property that celebrates its 20th vintage this year.

keyboard_arrow_upPernod Ricard set for big move to Jozi
keyboard_arrow_downPernod Ricard set for big move to Jozi

Pernod Ricard South Africa (PRSA), a co-leader of wine and spirits worldwide will officially relocate its Cape Town offices to Woodmead, Johannesburg by 31 December 2019. This move set to enhance cohesion, collaboration and efficiencies as it will unite the South African affiliate based in Cape Town with Pernod Ricard sub-Saharan Africa (PRSSA) head office […]

keyboard_arrow_upBavaria celebrates magnificent mothers this Women’s Month
keyboard_arrow_downBavaria celebrates magnificent mothers this Women’s Month

As South Africa celebrates Women’s Month this August, Bavaria magnifies and highlights the vital role that women play in society: the mothers who raised us, and the daughters who continue to bind families together. Women are a source of power and a symbol of progress. Indeed, they are the very fabric that weaves our great […]

keyboard_arrow_upNo- and low- alcohol beers trend worldwide
keyboard_arrow_downNo- and low- alcohol beers trend worldwide

Increasing numbers of adult drinkers around the world are passing up on their traditional alcoholic beverages as trends show a shift to the no- and low-alcohol beer (Nablab) categories.

keyboard_arrow_upSidel acquires Comep
keyboard_arrow_downSidel acquires Comep

Sidel has announced the acquisition of Cognac Moules Emballages Plastiques (Comep), a French producer and designer of moulds for PET, adding further strength to the group in the manufacturing of moulds and tooling. ‘We are confident that Sidel’s and Comep’s complementary expertise will bring us more commercial opportunities while offering customers an optimal choice of […]

keyboard_arrow_upCan bottled water make you sick?
keyboard_arrow_downCan bottled water make you sick?

Following the article ‘Is my bottled water killing me?’ there have been consumer queries about whether bottled water is safe to drink. Bottled water bottles do not contain BPA and therefore cannot leach BPA into the water they contain. On the contrary, bottled water bottles are made from PET, a food-grade plastic that is biologically […]

keyboard_arrow_upCoke’s phonetic can introduces South Africa to itself
keyboard_arrow_downCoke’s phonetic can introduces South Africa to itself

It’s been 25 years since apartheid was dismantled. South Africa now recognises 11 official languages. But the truth is, South Africans still can’t say each other’s names.

keyboard_arrow_upBonnievale Wines makes history
keyboard_arrow_downBonnievale Wines makes history

At the annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Bonnievale Wines claimed no fewer than two medals and a trophy – an astounding achievement for first-timers to the podium of the Trophy Wine Show.

keyboard_arrow_upSouth Africans consume more than 100 million litres of ‘loose’ milk a year
keyboard_arrow_downSouth Africans consume more than 100 million litres of ‘loose’ milk a year

On the twentieth World Milk Day on 1 June, a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) day, once again encouraged milk and dairy consumption as part of a daily diet.

keyboard_arrow_upCoca-Cola is Africa’s top food and beverage brand
keyboard_arrow_downCoca-Cola is Africa’s top food and beverage brand

Coca-Cola is the only food and beverage brand ranked in the top five most admired brands in Brand Africa’s seventh annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands.

keyboard_arrow_upThe different tastes of South Africa’s bottled waters
keyboard_arrow_downThe different tastes of South Africa’s bottled waters

If you’re looking for a water to use as a mixer with whiskey or brandy, or perhaps one to revitalise and refresh your palate make an informed choice with the South African National Bottled Water Association’s (SANBWA) published guide to the ‘taste’ of its members’ products.

keyboard_arrow_upHere are the best beers in Africa
keyboard_arrow_downHere are the best beers in Africa

Amidst hot competition for the best beers on the African continent, eight Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) Africa brews were awarded trophies at the inaugural African Beer Cup.

keyboard_arrow_upSABIC introduces upcycled compounds to extend life of PET bottles
keyboard_arrow_downSABIC introduces upcycled compounds to extend life of PET bottles

SABIC introduced its LNP ELCRIN iQ portfolio of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) compounded resins derived from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) to support the circular economy and help reduce plastic waste. By chemically upcycling consumer-discarded PET (primarily single-use water bottles) into higher-value PBT materials with enhanced properties and suitability for more-durable applications, the company is encouraging the […]

keyboard_arrow_upDistell appoints new head winemaker
keyboard_arrow_downDistell appoints new head winemaker

  The new head winemaker at Distell is Andrea Freeborough. Cellar-master at Nederburg since 2015, she will be leaving her position at the Paarl winery at the end of May to take up her new role in overseeing the production of South Africa’s largest wine portfolio.

keyboard_arrow_upA rum resurgence on the cards for South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downA rum resurgence on the cards for South Africa

No longer just the drink of pirates, rum has been growing in popularity around the globe in recent years to muscle into the territory previously claimed by whisky and gin.

keyboard_arrow_upRooibos booms in Japan
keyboard_arrow_downRooibos booms in Japan

Rooibos is becoming a big deal in Japan – one of the largest tea-drinking nations in the world – with exports of our indigenous tea hitting record highs in 2018.

keyboard_arrow_upShou Quan Zhai launches ready-to-drink beverages in Ecolean aseptic
keyboard_arrow_downShou Quan Zhai launches ready-to-drink beverages in Ecolean aseptic

Shou Quan Zhai (SQZ), founded in 1760 and one of the oldest food companies in China, is expanding into the beverage market with a new line of ready-to-drink products. The ginger tea and plum juice drinks are the first non-dairy beverages in China available in lightweight flexible packages from Ecolean.

keyboard_arrow_upAmerican whiskey imports continue upward trend
keyboard_arrow_downAmerican whiskey imports continue upward trend

Imports of American whiskeys to South Africa continued to climb in 2018, reports the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.

keyboard_arrow_upR6 billion in revenue lost due to illicit alcohol
keyboard_arrow_downR6 billion in revenue lost due to illicit alcohol

The South African economy suffered a fiscal loss of R6.4 billion (US$492 million) in 2017 due to illicit alcohol activities, which generate annual revenue of R12.9 billion and go unregulated.

keyboard_arrow_upCoca-Cola Africa pledges USD38 million to recycling industries across
keyboard_arrow_downCoca-Cola Africa pledges USD38 million to recycling industries across

At the Global Citizen 100 Mandela Festival on 2 December, the Coca-Cola system pledged USD38m (more than half a billion rand) over three years to stimulate recycling industries across southern and eastern Africa. The company also announced its new packaging innovation – a PET bottle made entirely out of previously used plastic.

keyboard_arrow_upReach for bottled water these holidays and recycle
keyboard_arrow_downReach for bottled water these holidays and recycle

In a few days, many South Africans will set off for their annual holiday. Sensible travellers will ensure their suitcases contain sunscreens and hats to protect them and their families from the summer sun, and water to slake their thirst and fend off dehydration.