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Latest FMCG beverage news in South Africa, extracted from sister website, DRINKStuff SA.

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  • Gutsy GUDGU enjoys thriving market for sugar-free cordials
    on 17/06/2021

    Gutsy GUDGU enjoys thriving market for sugar-free cordials Amid the economic carnage of COVID-19 in South Africa, one small SA beverage business venture has proven to be nimble and resilient… Cape Town based GUDGU describes itself as “an innovative South African wellness company that […]

  • Rooibos tea joins Champagne on EU protection list
    on 16/06/2021

    Rooibos tea joins Champagne on EU protection list In a significant development for the sector, the European Commission has approved the registration of the designation ‘Rooibos’/’Red Bush’ in its register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications. Rooibos is […]

  • Boosting SA’s indigenous honeybush tea industry
    on 15/06/2021

    Boosting SA’s indigenous honeybush tea industry The local honeybush tea industry has been receiving major support through a focused multi-year project implemented by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). It has already greatly expanded practical know-how on the best practices available to the […]

  • Woolworths joins stand-alone liquor retailing with WCellar
    on 15/06/2021

    Woolworths joins stand-alone liquor retailing with WCellar The rollout of stand-alone liquor stores is an obvious area of potential growth for Woolworths, as its competitors’ success experiences have shown. While major retailers have expanded their liquor presence aggressively in the past decade, […]

  • Disrupting the maas sector
    on 14/06/2021

    Disrupting the maas sector Developed by some clever local and Italian food scientists – here’s news of Yangumasi, a brilliant solution to several African food issues: the easy preservation of milk, reduction of food waste and adding cost savings and convenience to a highly nutritious and […]

  • How we’re drinking water wrong, according to SA’s only water sommelier
    on 30/05/2021

    How we’re drinking water wrong, according to SA’s only water sommelier One of the biggest misconceptions about water is that it is just water, but there are ways to consume it that help accentuate its taste, Candice Jansen, South Africa’s only certified sommelier, says. What gives water its […]

  • Surprise! Not… illegal booze flourishes in SA
    on 30/05/2021

    Surprise! Not… illegal booze flourishes in SA The illegal alcohol trade has grown dramatically in the past year – even overtaking the legal wine and cider trade in SA, according to research by Euromonitor. The study was commissioned by the alcohol industry ie the Beer Association of SA, the SA […]

  • Tiger Brands’ R100m VC fund launches in June
    on 25/05/2021

    Tiger Brands’ R100m VC fund launches in June Here’s what to know about Tiger Brands’ new venture capital fund of R100m aimed at assisting entrepreneurs who are either directly or indirectly linked to the food and beverages sector.   Tiger says the fund would also help the company explore […]

  • More takes on the Heineken-Distell waltz
    on 21/05/2021

    More takes on the Heineken-Distell waltz Only months after cancelling investment in SA, the world’s second-largest brewer, Heineken, is in talks to buy SA drinks producer Distell, its main cider competitor and the country’s largest non-brewing player. The world’s largest cider producer has […]

  • Deal brewing between Heineken and Distell
    on 19/05/2021

    Deal brewing between Heineken and Distell After years of speculation of a possible deal between the world’s second largest beer group Heineken and SA’s leading wine and spirits maker Distell, is hatching. On Tuesday May 18 the two groups finally announced they were talking. Distell shares […]

  • Frustration as Vinpro court case is postponed
    on 29/04/2021

    Frustration as Vinpro court case is postponed The legal challenge by wine producer body Vinpro against South Africa’s national government – contesting specific aspects of its decision-making over the liquor bans – has been postponed to August 2021. The matter that was set to be heard in the […]

  • Afriplex launches new functional vegan milks
    on 22/04/2021

    Afriplex launches new functional vegan milks Paarl-based Afriplex, supplier of innovative functional ingredients, has taken a step into the alternative dairy space, offering clients multiple possibilities for novel NPD. “Whether motivated by environmental concerns, personal health or ethical […]

  • Castle Lite launches in sleek 410ml cans
    on 21/04/2021

    Castle Lite launches in sleek 410ml cans SAB’s Castle Lite is no stranger to packaging innovation, and it’s likely first up to launch in a stylish 410ml slimline can. The brand’s putting a lockdown spin on this launch, saying, “Big brands around the world had to come to the party and help […]

  • SA’s sugar tax is having an impact – new research
    on 21/04/2021

    SA’s sugar tax is having an impact – new research Three years ago South Africa introduced Africa’s first major tax on sugar-sweetened beverages based on grams of sugar. The tax now stands at about 11% of the price per litre. We assessed the impact in recently published research. We found […]

  • SA wine industry was trending down – before Covid
    on 20/04/2021

    SA wine industry was trending down – before Covid In the past five years, the local wine industry has shrunk by 10%. This is almost expected, because the global wine industry has lost 2.5-million hectares of grape vineyards since the 1990s. The South African wine industry as a whole – hectares, […]

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