keyboard_arrow_upThandi Wines to export range to China
keyboard_arrow_downThandi Wines to export range to China

The Western Cape’s Thandi Wines secured a one-year contract with a Chinese distributor to export their range of premium wines to China. This momentous contract was agreed upon on the margins of the 19th SIAL China International Trade Fair for Food where twenty-three South African agro-processing companies are currently showcasing local products and services.

keyboard_arrow_upSouth African wine voted best-buy winner at SIAL China fair
keyboard_arrow_downSouth African wine voted best-buy winner at SIAL China fair

South African made Totus Limited Release Pinotage wine was crowned the Best-Buy Award winner in the Still Red Wines category at a competition that took place during the 19th edition of the SIAL China International Trade Fair for Food.

keyboard_arrow_upNo nonsense goodness with Seltzer Essence
keyboard_arrow_downNo nonsense goodness with Seltzer Essence

Seltzer, the brand that introduced flavoured water to South Africans, has added even more sparkle to its range. New Seltzer Essence – surprisingly honest real sparkling water – available in three enticing natural flavours: Pink Grapefruit and Strawberry, Green Apple and Mint, and Watermelon and Mixed Berry.

keyboard_arrow_upIntroducing Fat Bastard’s new blushing member
keyboard_arrow_downIntroducing Fat Bastard’s new blushing member

Fat bastard, the well-loved, delicious, full-bodied range of wines, has a new ‘blushing’ bastard: the gorgeous salmon pink Fat Bastard Pinor Noir Rosé 2017, dry yet smooth and creamy and bursting with fruit – same wine with same large taste as before, but a brand-new look with a delightful pink blush on the label.

keyboard_arrow_upWhere bold meets gold
keyboard_arrow_downWhere bold meets gold

FAT bastard, the well-loved, delicious, full-bodied range of wines, has a brand-new FAT bastard in the pod, the FAT bastard Golden Reserve 2017 Bordeaux-style red blend.

keyboard_arrow_upThe Coca-Cola Company turns 90 in Africa
keyboard_arrow_downThe Coca-Cola Company turns 90 in Africa

The Coca-Cola Company celebrates its global 132nd birthday and 90 years of operation in Africa. Marked as Founder’s Day, 8 May 1886 was when Dr. John S. Pemberton sold the first Coca-Cola for just five cents in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

keyboard_arrow_upNew sugar tax measure is far reaching
keyboard_arrow_downNew sugar tax measure is far reaching

While most South Africans are familiar with the Health Promotion Levy on Sugary Beverages, which Treasury introduced on 1 April 2018, many may not be able to fully appreciate how far-reaching this new tax measure is.

keyboard_arrow_upProWine Asia will quench south east Asia’s growing thirst for wines and spirits
keyboard_arrow_downProWine Asia will quench south east Asia’s growing thirst for wines and spirits

Leading Asian wine and spirits companies, including Rockland Distilleries (Sri Lanka), Siam Winery (Thailand) and Rachelle The Rabbit Meadery (Singapore) will be showcasing their latest offerings at ProWine Asia 2018, alongside some of the biggest names in the industry.

keyboard_arrow_upHealth promotion Levy will increase beverage prices
keyboard_arrow_downHealth promotion Levy will increase beverage prices

The South African Government’s new Health Promotion Levy on sugar sweetened beverages came into effect on Sunday 1 April. As a result the prices on beverages with added sugar will increase, including some of Coca-Cola’s products. However, the following range of Coca-Cola products will not be affected by the Levy: its lower sugar (less than […]

keyboard_arrow_upCollaboration aids promotion of wines
keyboard_arrow_downCollaboration aids promotion of wines

Along with its beauty, culture and charm, Stellenbosch is best known for its wines and has long been promoting itself as a premium wine growing area, especially for Cabernet.

keyboard_arrow_upDarling Brew launches new line of healthy beer-mix drinks
keyboard_arrow_downDarling Brew launches new line of healthy beer-mix drinks

Darling Brew has launched Spirited Flight, a new line of healthy beer-mix drinks which provide a beverage that is refreshing, light-in-alcohol and a delicious healthy alternative to artificially flavoured beers and ciders.

keyboard_arrow_upFinalists announced for 2017 Diners Club winemaker of the year awards
keyboard_arrow_downFinalists announced for 2017 Diners Club winemaker of the year awards

The finalists for the Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year awards have been announced. Five winemakers have been shortlisted to compete for the prestigious Winemaker of the Year award, while four will vie for the Young Winemaker of the Year title.

keyboard_arrow_upNuy Winery retains Veritas crown as best fortified wine producer
keyboard_arrow_downNuy Winery retains Veritas crown as best fortified wine producer

Nuy Winery won ten gold and one double gold medal in the fortified wine category at the 27th Veritas Awards, making them the top achiever in this class for a second consecutive year.

keyboard_arrow_upNatural spring water vs distilled – what’s the difference and why does it matter?
keyboard_arrow_downNatural spring water vs distilled – what’s the difference and why does it matter?

Consumers have come a long way since the days when they just picked a bottle of water off the shelf. More savvy about health and keener to know the origins of the products they consumer, they have realised that not all bottled water is the same and that the differences between the various options are […]

keyboard_arrow_up2018 Platter’s five-star award for Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2013
keyboard_arrow_down2018 Platter’s five-star award for Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2013

In the words of Rijk Melck, custodian of the historic Muratie Estate: ‘I must say it was great pride, deep gratitude and warm memories that put a big smile on my face when we were honoured with a 2018 Platter’s five-star award for our flagship Bordeaux-style blend, Ansela van de Caab 2013. For us at […]

keyboard_arrow_upExquisite new Nicolas Feuillatte Champagnes for the festive season
keyboard_arrow_downExquisite new Nicolas Feuillatte Champagnes for the festive season

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, the number one selling Champagne in France and the third biggest-selling Champagne brand in the world, have released five new limited edition exquisitely showcased Champagnes for the festive season. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve – elegantly presented in a snow-white tin This Champagne is a blend of 20 per cent Chardonnay for elegance […]

keyboard_arrow_upIntroducing Bollinger Rosé vintage 2006
keyboard_arrow_downIntroducing Bollinger Rosé vintage 2006

Bollinger Rosé 2006 is the very first limited edition vintage that Champagne Bollinger exclusively dedicated to a rosé, inspired by the excellent 2006 vintage. A blend of Pinot Noir (72 per cent), Chardonnay (28 per cent); nine of the very best Grands and Premiers Crus were selected to blend a unique cuvée. More than 10 […]

keyboard_arrow_upBadsberg bottles their General
keyboard_arrow_downBadsberg bottles their General

Badsberg Wine Cellar, situated outside Rawsonville in the Breedekloof Wine District in the Western Cape, won the General Smuts Trophy during 2016’s South African Young Wine Show for their 2016 Badsberg Pinotage. After six months of aging in French oak barrels, the wine is now available.

keyboard_arrow_upChivas welcomes aboard three South African luminaries as brand partners
keyboard_arrow_downChivas welcomes aboard three South African luminaries as brand partners

Three of South Africa’s most recognisable names- Lucas Radebe, Nhlanhla Nciza and Laduma Ngxokolo – have joined Chivas Regal as brand partners.

keyboard_arrow_upDriving multi-sensory and nutritional excellence
keyboard_arrow_downDriving multi-sensory and nutritional excellence

In line with Doehler’s company motto “We bring ideas to life” the company will present pioneering products and product applications for the food and beverage industry at the Anuga trade fair in Cologne from 7 to 11 October 2017. The focus this year is on innovative solutions, which reflect the core topics of naturalness, plant-based […]

keyboard_arrow_upChinese spirits industry hits a high
keyboard_arrow_downChinese spirits industry hits a high

The rise of a drinking culture at Chinese social gatherings, along with increased disposable income among younger consumers, are set to drive the Chinese spirits market through a CAGR of 15 per cent over 2016 to 2021, says GlobalData, a recognised leader in business intelligence and analytics.

keyboard_arrow_upPartnership increases research into beer ingredients
keyboard_arrow_downPartnership increases research into beer ingredients

Agronomists and food scientists of Stellenbosch University have partnered with the multinational beverage and brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev. The R6 million funding received will allow them to tackle specific issues over the next three years related to the production of barley. It will also include crops such as cassava and sorghum that is often used […]

keyboard_arrow_upDesigned with yoghurt drinks in mind
keyboard_arrow_downDesigned with yoghurt drinks in mind

Close collaboration between Sidel’s packaging team, and Yili’s Liquid Milk Division has seen the creation of a PET bottle for the company’s new Changyi brand.

keyboard_arrow_upLong4Life acquires Inhle Beverages
keyboard_arrow_downLong4Life acquires Inhle Beverages

Long4Life has concluded a Share Purchase Agreement to acquire 100 per cent of Inhle Beverages (Inhle), subject to the completion of a due diligence and obtaining certain regulatory, including Competition Commission, approvals.

keyboard_arrow_upDangote in US$450 million jumbo sugar production deal
keyboard_arrow_downDangote in US$450 million jumbo sugar production deal

In another bold move for self-sufficiency in sugar production through the government’s backward integration policy, the Pan African Conglomerate, Dangote Group and Niger State signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government for the establishment of a jumbo US$450 million state-of–art and fully integrated sugar complex.

keyboard_arrow_upAn evolving market for energy drinks
keyboard_arrow_downAn evolving market for energy drinks

Beverages are ideal as they are responsive to nutritional and consumer trends, evidenced by the current wave of prebiotic/probiotic enhanced products. Superfood ingredients especially benefit as it offers increased convenience through the incorporation of fruit or vegetable juice, and green tea extracts.

keyboard_arrow_upA fruity take on beer
keyboard_arrow_downA fruity take on beer

Beer famously includes just four ingredients– grain, hops, yeast and water– but in recent years, a fifth ingredient has emerged: fruit.

keyboard_arrow_upA clear future for glass
keyboard_arrow_downA clear future for glass

Glass may be one of the oldest food and beverage packaging materials around, but manufacturers are not deterred from producing modern innovations to stay competitive in this market. PACKAGING REVIEW looks at hygienic, easy-to-use and efficient solutions for filling beverages into glass packaging.

keyboard_arrow_upNeil Ellis wines continues to impress
keyboard_arrow_downNeil Ellis wines continues to impress

Neil Ellis’s steadfast focus, on sourcing superior grape varieties from low-yielding, hand-picked vineyard lots in the Cape’s best sites, continues to manifest its merit with a steady stream of prominent awards for Neil Ellis Wines.

keyboard_arrow_upAir Products puts the fizz into craft beer
keyboard_arrow_downAir Products puts the fizz into craft beer

Craft beer brewing has evolved from being a home-brewing hobby to a precise and complex process. As a supplier of gases, which is vital to the brewing process, Air Products has been playing an important role to support microbreweries in creating craft beers suited for the local market.