keyboard_arrow_upCompany veteran to lead Coca-Cola Africa
keyboard_arrow_downCompany veteran to lead Coca-Cola Africa

The company appointed Roger Gauntlett general manager of its South Africa business. In this role, he will be responsible for managing the relationship with the company’s bottling partner Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa. The role will ensure alignment, sustainable and profitable growth for the beverage giant’s business in the country. South Africa is a key market for Coca-Cola Africa’s Southern and East Africa operations.

keyboard_arrow_upMuskadel SA Awards 2017 – Third win for Orange River Cellars
keyboard_arrow_downMuskadel SA Awards 2017 – Third win for Orange River Cellars

The 15thannual Muskadel SA Awards function, sponsored by Enartis SA, was held at Noop, Paarl on 25 May.  Amongst 23 entries, five more than in 2016,Orange River Cellarsfrom the Northern Cape was triumphant for the third consecutive year winning two platinum awards.

keyboard_arrow_upLocal gin manufacturer lands four awards
keyboard_arrow_downLocal gin manufacturer lands four awards

Home grownhandcrafted dry gin - Ginifer - has been recognised with three international awards in the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) craft spirits competition, while Westcliff, a gin that belongs to the same stable, was also recognised.

keyboard_arrow_upAmericans make a clear choice
keyboard_arrow_downAmericans make a clear choice

‘Forget the soda! More Americans would rather quench their thirst with bottled water’, was Fox News’ lead into a story coming from America late last week that had many wondering if April Fool’s Day had come early.

keyboard_arrow_upDemand for private label juice driven by changing perceptions
keyboard_arrow_downDemand for private label juice driven by changing perceptions

According to a Euromonitor report, the growth in private label juice is being driven by changing perceptions of these products among consumers. The previous image of private label juice as inferior is being targeted. Retailers are driving home the message that private label juice is just as good as branded products.

keyboard_arrow_upBeverage industry welcomes further consultation on proposed soft drinks tax
keyboard_arrow_downBeverage industry welcomes further consultation on proposed soft drinks tax

The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) welcomes Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s announcement in his budget speech that there will be further consultations on the tax on sugar sweetened beverages before it is implemented.

keyboard_arrow_upWhere health and carton packs meet
keyboard_arrow_downWhere health and carton packs meet

Three out of-five people (61 per cent) are looking for beverages with proven medical health benefits, while three out of 10 want cold drinks that can assist in stress relief. Consumers rated all natural products the highest in the consumer survey. This ties in with Nielsen’s 2015 Global Health and Wellness Survey, which found that 43 per cent of global consumers want natural products. This trend is very pronounced in Middle East and Africa, at 53 per cent. Organic is another popular product category. Consumers are looking for products with reduced salt, fat, lactose, caffeine, gluten and sugar.

keyboard_arrow_upSweet solutions drive the carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) industry
keyboard_arrow_downSweet solutions drive the carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) industry

There is considerable pressure on the global market for carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) to respond to growing health issues surrounding high sugar intake.

keyboard_arrow_upGlanbia finds new ways to feed energy demand
keyboard_arrow_downGlanbia finds new ways to feed energy demand

Energy drinks are a global multi-billion dollar industry, which continues to show growth, despite the continued use of some controversial ingredients in classic energy drinks and lifestyle products.

keyboard_arrow_upThe “Absolut” best
keyboard_arrow_downThe “Absolut” best

South Africa is not a big spirits market by global standards, but the spirits category is growing exponentially as more consumers aspire to drinking leading whiskey, vodka, gin and tequila brands. Pernod Ricard South Africa, providers of premium spirits brands like Jameson, Chivas Regal, Olmeca and Beefeater is leading this charge.

keyboard_arrow_upNew package design for wines
keyboard_arrow_downNew package design for wines

Bon Courage Wine Estate situated in the Robertson Wine Valley has launched the new packaging design for its “Like Father Like Son” wine collection.

keyboard_arrow_upCoca-Cola Company exercises call option
keyboard_arrow_downCoca-Cola Company exercises call option

The Coca-Cola Company announced its intention to acquire Anheuser-Busch InBev's (ABI) stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa following the closing of the ABI combination with SABMiller.

keyboard_arrow_upWorld-renowned coffee training programme launched nationally
keyboard_arrow_downWorld-renowned coffee training programme launched nationally

The Ciro Coffee Academy’s (CCA) announcement of their newly-launched Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) training modules, will lead to world-class excellence in the local coffee industry and provide a much-needed boost to South Africa’s skills development.

keyboard_arrow_upCoca-Cola Peninsula Beverages celebrates consolidation of companies
keyboard_arrow_downCoca-Cola Peninsula Beverages celebrates consolidation of companies

Peninsula Beverages, also known as PenBev, officially opened for business in 1940 with its first plant in Marine Drive, Paarden Eiland. Today, 76 years later, more than 1 300 employees work at the various depots and in the state-of-the-art manufacturing plants across the business.

keyboard_arrow_upSlanghoek Cellar appoints new national distributor The Breedekloof winery
keyboard_arrow_downSlanghoek Cellar appoints new national distributor The Breedekloof winery

The Breedekloof winery has appointed PB Liquor Merchants as its wine distributor. Since its establishment in 1951, the team at Slanghoek Cellar (Slanghoek) has been driven by a mandate to produce a range of high quality and highly drinkable wines.

keyboard_arrow_upCelebrating the top women in wine
keyboard_arrow_downCelebrating the top women in wine

Women winemakers are without doubt making major strides in producing some of the best wines in the country. From making the news headlines to clinching top awards and recognition for their wines internationally, our women winemakers are standing tall next to their male counterparts.

keyboard_arrow_upAll round refreshment guaranteed
keyboard_arrow_downAll round refreshment guaranteed

Global beverage giant SABMiller and its affiliate ABI are ensuring uninterrupted production and supply of their world-famous beer and soft drink brands. Reliable power supply is a fundamental aspect of this, and SABMiller has installed standby power generation solutions supplied by Cummins at six important facilities nationwide.

keyboard_arrow_upCoca-Cola Beverages South Africa line upgrade
keyboard_arrow_downCoca-Cola Beverages South Africa line upgrade

Coca-Cola Beveragesis busy with a R205-million upgrade of its Phoenix Industrial Park plant. This will significantly boost production capacity and speed up turnaround times.

keyboard_arrow_upPutting top brands to the test
keyboard_arrow_downPutting top brands to the test

Every year, branded business valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance puts thousands of the world’s top brands to the test. They are evaluated to determine which are the most powerful and the most valuable by country, by industry and against all other brands worldwide. The most valuable soft drinks brands can be found in the Brand Finance Soft Drinks 25.

keyboard_arrow_upGlobal demand for wine packaging to reach US$22.8 Billion
keyboard_arrow_downGlobal demand for wine packaging to reach US$22.8 Billion

Global demand for wine packaging including containers, closures, and accessories is projected to increase 2.3 per cent per year to US$22.8 billion in 2020.

keyboard_arrow_upStabilising craft beer for clarity
keyboard_arrow_downStabilising craft beer for clarity

There are different types of haze found in beer. One type is non-microbial, which means that it is not related to microbial growth in the product. Non-biological haze formation results from hydrogen bonding between haze-producing proteins and polyphenol constituents in beer. Non-microbiological products act as a template upon which these protein-polyphenol complexes may attach, thereby accelerating haze development. Reducing these protein-polyphenol complexes or preventing them from forming is referred to as colloidal stability.

keyboard_arrow_upSlo-Jo introduces naturally-sweet and sugar-free drinks
keyboard_arrow_downSlo-Jo introduces naturally-sweet and sugar-free drinks

Johannesburg based beverage supplier Slo-Jo has launched a new range of powdered drinks with no added sugar or aspartame. The range will be available in three on-trend flavours from September, namely Chocolate Decadence, Chai, and Coffee Freezo. Depending on the flavour, the powders can be made into a crush by blending it with ice or a hot drink by adding steamed milk.

keyboard_arrow_upTeenagers turn their back on soft drinks
keyboard_arrow_downTeenagers turn their back on soft drinks

Hot on the heels of a report showing that Americans have given up the equivalent of 126 chocolate doughnuts a year by opting to consume bottled water ahead of other non-alcoholic beverages, there’s now evidence that teens are also turning their backs on soft drinks.

keyboard_arrow_upProposed taxation of sugar sweetened beverages
keyboard_arrow_downProposed taxation of sugar sweetened beverages

The National Treasury has published a Policy Paper and proposals on the taxation of sugar sweetened beverages for public comment.

keyboard_arrow_upSouth African Chardonnay voted the world’s best
keyboard_arrow_downSouth African Chardonnay voted the world’s best

A South African chardonnay, made by leading businesswoman Wendy Appelbaum, has been voted the world’s best at a global competition held in the UK.

keyboard_arrow_upPioneering vineyard investment delivers world-class wines
keyboard_arrow_downPioneering vineyard investment delivers world-class wines

As the Western Cape eases into autumn, leaves in many vineyards are turning fine shades of red.  However, many visitors are unaware that this colour is a tell-tale sign of a virus that is having a dire impact on wine production and its economic viability.

keyboard_arrow_upMilk for Change collects nearly 60 000ll for South Africa’s undernourished children
keyboard_arrow_downMilk for Change collects nearly 60 000ll for South Africa’s undernourished children

Milk for Change, the campaign that is a partnership of Tetra Pak South Africa and FEED SA to fight undernourishment among South Africa’s larger communities, has successfully collected nearly 60 000l of long life milk.

keyboard_arrow_upOude Molen’s Hand Crafted XO Wins Gold at International Brandy Masters
keyboard_arrow_downOude Molen’s Hand Crafted XO Wins Gold at International Brandy Masters

Oude Molen’s XO new handcrafted premium Cape Brandy was awarded Gold at the recent 2016 Global Spirits Masters in the Brandy Masters category, and was the only South African distiller to win Gold in the competition.

keyboard_arrow_upKWV acquisition will deliver benefits to African spirits market
keyboard_arrow_downKWV acquisition will deliver benefits to African spirits market

Vasari, a leading consumer focused investment group has reached an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of KWVGroup’s operational assets for ZAR1.15 billion. Vasari has over three decades of experience in owning and operating branded consumer goods companies across Africa, Asia and Europe.

keyboard_arrow_upKrone releases Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2015 with an unexpected twist
keyboard_arrow_downKrone releases Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2015 with an unexpected twist

Krone, masters of the fine art of blending Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the production of benchmark Cap Classiques, has introduced the world’s first twist-open-and-close cork closure.