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.

keyboard_arrow_upSouth Africa loses R6 billion plus in revenue to illicit alcohol trade
keyboard_arrow_downSouth Africa loses R6 billion plus in revenue to illicit alcohol trade

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

keyboard_arrow_upSAB and AB INBEV support local retailer business growth
keyboard_arrow_downSAB and AB INBEV support local retailer business growth

More than 500 liquor retailers, some struggling business owners, based in South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana, have completed an intensive AB InBev Retailer Development Programme (RDP) aimed at improving the chances of their business experiencing financial success in the mid-to long-term.

keyboard_arrow_upCheers to summer – Flagstone Poetry Rose
keyboard_arrow_downCheers to summer – Flagstone Poetry Rose

The appeal for rosé continues to climb as high as the African sun and when summer hits, the first thing we do is check how much of the glorious stuff is in the fridge. Blushing little bottles of joy, beading with excitement and begging to be consumed. Rosé is that easy member of the party […]

keyboard_arrow_upAutograph Gin awarded the prestigious Top Scoring Craft Gin of 2018
keyboard_arrow_downAutograph Gin awarded the prestigious Top Scoring Craft Gin of 2018

Autograph Gin was awarded the prestigious Top Scoring Craft Gin of 2018 (Distillique Craft Gin Trophy) at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits awards.  Autograph scored 96 out of a possible 100 for its classic African Dry gin.

keyboard_arrow_upHow South Africans like their rooibos
keyboard_arrow_downHow South Africans like their rooibos

Rooibos tea, which is enjoyed by millions of South Africans every day, has become an integral part of South Africans’ way of life and is considered by many as our national beverage.

keyboard_arrow_upFour healthy juice trends to watch out for
keyboard_arrow_downFour healthy juice trends to watch out for

According to a recent survey, the fruit juice market in South Africa continues to grow as more and more South Africans are looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Healthy food lovers are turning to popular dietary regimes to lose weight, but few realise the healthy benefits that drinking fruit juice offers the body.

keyboard_arrow_upTowards a waste free South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downTowards a waste free South Africa

South Africans nationwide are joining the waste free movement to clean up our beaches and rivers this September. Coca-Cola’s bottling partners are leading over 14 clean ups across the country reaching as far as Mamelodi and Soweto to Durban and Muizenberg. This is in partnership with Plastics SA for Clean-up and Recycle Week which runs […]

keyboard_arrow_upWelch’s launches new grape juice solutions for the wine industry
keyboard_arrow_downWelch’s launches new grape juice solutions for the wine industry

Grape juice supplier Welch’s Global Ingredients Group has embarked on a foray into the wine industry. The company has launched a Niagara grape juice solution that is designed to be a cost-effective but high-quality filler or base wine for a broad variety of different wine styles.

keyboard_arrow_upA special focus on Sacmi’s closures
keyboard_arrow_downA special focus on Sacmi’s closures

The group will showcase its complete range of solutions for the closures and beverage industries at Food & Drink Technology (FDT) Africa 2018. The biennial event takes place from 4 to 6 September at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.

keyboard_arrow_upLite years ahead
keyboard_arrow_downLite years ahead

Currently no other flavoured milk in the country offers a no sugar added product. Parmalat’s Steri Stumpie allows consumers to enjoy their favourite treat guilt-free. Available in three flavours, Chocolate, Strawberry and Cream Soda, the product features all the delicious refreshment you love, with no added sugar. The range offers between 32 to 27 per […]

keyboard_arrow_upUPM Raflatac helps customers do more with less
keyboard_arrow_downUPM Raflatac helps customers do more with less

The company has expanded its small roll service to include standard and welded wine stocks, as well as 13-inch digital rolls, suitable for durable and industrial chemical labelling.  Its small roll service has swift turnaround times and offers customers the flexibility to purchase one or many rolls with each order.

keyboard_arrow_upGrowth in global packaged water outstrips soft drinks
keyboard_arrow_downGrowth in global packaged water outstrips soft drinks

Recent figures released by the European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) show that the global market for packaged water has grown at a faster rate than soft drinks, and will continue to do so until 2022.

keyboard_arrow_upSouth Africa’s Appletiser wins over European market
keyboard_arrow_downSouth Africa’s Appletiser wins over European market

Appletiser, South Africa’s home-grown lightly sparkling, apple juice brand is taking off in Spain, with new market launches set to follow across western Europe and the Americas.

keyboard_arrow_upThe veggie extract revolution
keyboard_arrow_downThe veggie extract revolution

Rugani Juice is excited to announce the launch of its extended range of 100 per cent NFC Juices, the launch of our new varieties builds on the corner stone of the 100 per cent Carrot Juice first released in 2016.

keyboard_arrow_upAn end to pesky hangovers
keyboard_arrow_downAn end to pesky hangovers

Lohocla, produced by Lohocla Beverages works to reverse the effects of alcohol by using natural ingredients such as Vitamins B12 and B6, ginseng, sage and turmeric. It is mixed as a single (25ml) or double shot with still or sparkling water.

keyboard_arrow_upSA’s first locally brewed alcohol free beer
keyboard_arrow_downSA’s first locally brewed alcohol free beer

The South African Breweries (SAB) and AB InBev Africa are giving consumers more choice and a smarter drinking option with the introduction of the first alcohol free beer to be brewed in South Africa. Castle Free, an extension of Castle Lager, offers consumers a real beer taste without the alcohol.

keyboard_arrow_upElla introduces quality cappuccino mélange to the world
keyboard_arrow_downElla introduces quality cappuccino mélange to the world

A new convenience cappuccino, Ella Cappuccino Mélange, launched in South Africa at the beginning of 2018. A world first, Ella lets consumers carry a great-tasting cappuccino mélange made from pure espresso and milk in their back pocket.

keyboard_arrow_upTaste the berries
keyboard_arrow_downTaste the berries

Diageo’s Smirnoff Vodka has launched an exciting new berry flavour in a 440ml can pack format. Berry Twist is made with 10 times filtered Smirnoff Vodka and features a sharp citrus twist, which gives it a distinctive character.

keyboard_arrow_upInnovative decoration solutions
keyboard_arrow_downInnovative decoration solutions

Woolworths has entered a new and innovative decorative food item in the Food Review/Symrise New Product Competition. Blooming Marshmallow Flower is a beautiful addition to hot beverages or for use as an ornamental treat. These handcrafted treats are made in small batches by local communities.

keyboard_arrow_upFrom vitamin to vital energy
keyboard_arrow_downFrom vitamin to vital energy

Aqua Rush’s new vitality drinks offer the right number of vitamins and caffeine with the support of: stevia extract green coffee bean green tea extract

keyboard_arrow_upJéanri Nel makes damn good craft beer
keyboard_arrow_downJéanri Nel makes damn good craft beer

Durbanville Wine Valley estate Signal Gun does not only produce award-winning wines but also a range of stunning craft beers brewed on site by master brewmaker Jéanri Nel. Master brewmaker Jéanri Nel of Durbanville Wine Valley estate Nel studied BSc Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch and, after coming to the conclusion that […]

keyboard_arrow_upNew closures division launched in response to market growth
keyboard_arrow_downNew closures division launched in response to market growth

Diversified global chemicals manufacturer, SABIC introduced its caps and closures segment, launched earlier this year, at the Plastic Closures Innovations Conference. The event was held from 22 to 24 May in Berlin.

keyboard_arrow_upIntroducing PIWOSA’s #LiquidArt programme during Cape Wine 2018
keyboard_arrow_downIntroducing PIWOSA’s #LiquidArt programme during Cape Wine 2018

Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA), well-known internationally for their execution of inventive marketing programmes designed to raise the profile of premium South African wines, will be demonstrating their creative flair, for locals and internationals, here in South Africa for the first time. With a passion for the theatrical, get ready to be enthralled […]