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  • Alcohol ban: South Africa needs to act smarter
    on July 31, 2020

    Alcohol ban: South Africa needs to act smarter In a News24 article Alan Winde, premier of the Western Cape, draws on provincial research that illustrates the heavy burden of alcohol-related trauma on hospitals, but argues that a long-term ban on alcohol is a blunt instrument that […]

  • Waitrose UK supports South African wine industry – and other prohibition news
    on July 31, 2020

    Waitrose UK supports South African wine industry – and other prohibition news To help support the struggling South African wine industry, Waitrose has launched a curated case of wines with a 25% discount for its customers for a limited time. Launched on Waitrose Cellar on 29 July the limited […]

  • Energy drinks on the rise in South Africa – insights from Kerry Ingredients
    on July 30, 2020

    Energy drinks on the rise in South Africa – insights from Kerry Ingredients Today’s consumer expects more from their beverage. No longer can a drink just be a thirst quencher or a quick pick-me-up. Hot tea should deliver relaxing effects while fruit juices should have an authentic, […]

  • FUTURELIFE launches High Protein Shake in novel dual pouch
    on July 30, 2020

    FUTURELIFE launches High Protein Shake in novel dual pouch FUTURELIFE, a leading functional foodbev brand in SA, has launched High Protein Shake, supplied in a novel dual pack that transforms into a ready-to-drink. Small enough to fit into lunch boxes and handbags, FUTURELIFE’s High Protein […]

  • SA’s liquor losses make for a very sobering situation
    on July 27, 2020

    SA’s liquor losses make for a very sobering situation South Africa’s entry into an era of liquor prohibition saw a loss of R20bn in alcohol sales, equating to R304m per day, during the first nine weeks of lockdown. With a second embargo now in place, the country will lose a further […]

  • Symrise pursues white grapefruit in South Africa
    on July 26, 2020

    Symrise pursues white grapefruit in South Africa Symrise, one of the world’s biggest flavour houses, has partnered with South African white grapefruit supplier, Klaus Böcker in the heart of KZN’s citrus region, in pursuit of valuable citrus ingredients. The German company has […]

  • Hunter’s enters non-alcoholic sector
    on July 26, 2020

    Hunter’s enters non-alcoholic sector Making an appropriate debut in the time of SA’s mad Covid-19 prohibition, Distell has launched a non-alcoholic variant of its popular Hunter’s cider, the brand’s first new variant in three years. “As the biggest cider brand in South […]

  • Coca-Cola SA expands returnable PET bottle program
    on July 20, 2020

    Coca-Cola SA expands returnable PET bottle program Following a successful pilot project in the Eastern Cape, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) is expanding the roll-out of 2-litre returnable PET bottles across Northern Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. “The consumer response to the new […]

  • SA liquor industry again taken out by govt diktat
    on July 16, 2020

    SA liquor industry again taken out by govt diktat With SA’s coronavirus cases surging, the re-imposition of the ban on the sale of alcohol was not perhaps not surprising, but it has blindsided the industry and will wreak yet more economic and social havoc on a vast supply chain. The […]

  • Silver linings: SA foodbev sector could emerge stronger from pandemic
    on July 16, 2020

    Silver linings: SA foodbev sector could emerge stronger from pandemic Some views from SA beverage and food businesses on how the Covid-19 pandemic has forced mindset changes and innovation to improve operations, and could even catalyse innovation and growth in future. While the pandemic and […]

  • Clover’s controversial blue milk bottle campaign
    on July 14, 2020

    Clover’s controversial blue milk bottle campaign Social media has been abuzz, and much of it less than complimentary, over a new marketing campaign by Clover for its fresh milk. Here’s the fabulous Jonathan Cherry’s savvy take on this…. Clover Milk bottles are now blue, […]

  • Africa’s first canned water?
    on July 13, 2020

    Africa’s first canned water? Chill Beverages International, the producer of Fitch & Leeds and Score Energy, has officially launched Day water, said to be the first commercial canned water brand in Africa. The product is the result of a partnership between Chill Beverages and Can Do, the […]

  • SA’s Woodlands Dairy launches online shop
    on July 13, 2020

    SA’s Woodlands Dairy launches online shop South Africa’s leading manufacturer of UHT milk, Woodlands Dairy, has joined the direct-to-consumer wave and has opened an online store. [My trial shop was easy and impressed with prices. Ed] The new ShopFirstChoice website offers all of the […]

  • Introducing the new Duchess Spritz
    on July 13, 2020

    Introducing the new Duchess Spritz South Africa’s successful The Duchess brand has a new addition to its innovative range of premium alcohol-free beverages… Introducing The Duchess Spritz – a light and refreshing, alcohol-free wine spritzer, crafted with premium de-alcoholised […]

  • Covid-19 response and adaptation: What Polyoak’s been doing
    on July 6, 2020

    Covid-19 response and adaptation: What Polyoak’s been doing The Polyoak Group, a major packaging supplier to the foodbev sectors, reports on its ‘new normal’ and other extraordinary activities in the Covid-19 era. Recognising the important role it plays in ensuring the […]

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