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Brewery and Winery

Small brewer experiencing good growth in local premium-beer market

By: Jade Davenport     18th November 2005 The South African premium beer market is experiencing a promising growth rate of 10% a year, which is proving to be particularly beneficial for the country’s smallest commercial brewery, Bavaria Breweries South Africa. 

Expansion project to facilitate growth

By: Jade Davenport     18th November 2005 The R5-billion expansion project that was announced by South African Breweries (SAB) in 2004 is now well under way. 

Gas services to expand wine industry

18th November 2005 An industrial gas manufacturer has launched a comprehensive gas supply and technology service to add value to the winemaking industry in South Africa. 

Product traceability a key issue for wineries

18th November 2005 Faster wine-bottling lines, product-tracking systems and legislation that demands more and more variable information to appear on bottle labels, are factors driving the development of product coding and marking systems used in the wine industry. 

Forklifts help keep sorghum beer fresh

18th November 2005 Sorghum beer has a shelf life of only four days in summer and up to six days in the colder winter months, which poses a distinct challenge to United National Breweries’ distribution and logistics operations. 

Motors and belts ensure smooth bottle handling

18th November 2005 Johannesburg-based Bearing Man’s comprehensive range of bearings, seals, ?power-transmission components, electric and geared motors, as well as belting products and fasteners, are used in diverse industries, including wineries and breweries. 

SA’s first inner-city winery set for Cape Town CBD

18th November 2005 The developers of the R1-billion Mandela Rhodes Place (MRP) in Cape Town’s central business district (CBD) have selected and finalised negotionations with an nternationally-renowned winemaker for the city’s first fully-fledged inner-city winery. 

Women join hands with Boland vineyards in BEE deal

18th November 2005 The Paarl-based companies Boland Vineyards International and Boland Basadi Investments (BBI) have reached a groundbreaking black economic-empowerment (BEE) agreement that will lead to the entry of high-powered business women into the South African wine industry, until now a predominantly white... 

Wine marketer improves accessibility

18th November 2005 The South African producer and marketer of wines and spirits Distell is experiencing the benefit of its implementation of the Open Text product suite programmes, which include IXOS, eCON and LiveLink. 

Strong rand knocks 2004 wine exports

18th November 2005 The exceptionally-strong performance of the rand last year contributed to South African wine producers cellars� exports, especially regarding red wine, dropping by about a third. 

Biodiversity wine route a South African first

By: Jade Davenport     18th November 2005 The Cape Floristic Region (CFR), comprising eight protected areas stretching from the Cederberg to the Eastern Cape, is the smallest and richest plant kingdom on earth, representing 20% of Africa’s flora while only occupying 0,5% of the continent’s landmass. 

‘Bring it home’ model benefits small wine producers

By: Jade Davenport     18th November 2005 In reaction to the increased frustration of small and micro wine producers due to the lack of control over their products once it leaves the estate, a group of small wine producers have developed a business model that allows wine producers to have control of their brands from inception to... 

R93m investment in Chamdor brewery

18th November 2005 The recent success of its Brutal Fruit range of flavoured alcohol beverages (FABs) was a key driver behind the South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) decision to invest R93-million in a new production facility for the brand at its Chamdor brewery. 

Brewer launches distributionnetwork empowerment project

18th November 2005 A new project has been announced by the South African Breweries (SAB) that will franchise future distribution centres to BEE candidates. ? 

Installing wedgewire throughout Southern Africa’s malting plants

18th November 2005 Johannesburg-based Multotec Manufacturing’s Optima stainless-steel wedgewire has been used successfully as flooring material in brewery malting plants where it has proved to offer several advantages in the steep tanks and germinating kiln vessels. 

SA’s oldest commercial brewer in R39m expansion

18th November 2005 The Cape Town-based Newlands Brewery, which is the oldest commercial brewery in South Africa, has embarked on a R39-million expansion plan. 

Hydrostatic-level measurement for hygienic environs

18th November 2005 Level detection in hygienic applications requires specially-designed measuring units and process connections. 

Brewery sponsorship to help develop SA rugby talent

By: abdul cook     6th May 2005 A three-year contract to develop 

Brewing giant to spend R250m on new labelling equipment

By: elizabeth rebelo     15th April 2005 South African Breweries (SAB) has placed an order valued at more than R250-million with Krones, of Germany, for 25 labelling machines, says SAB communication manager Michael Farr. 

No hops, no beer

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st April 2005 Hops, along with water, maize and barley, are essential ingredients in the beer-making process. 

178 emerging farmers are now

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st April 2005 Sustainable entrepreneurship is one of South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) key commitments, and the company’s black economic-empowerment venture in the Northern Cape, which supports black barley farmers in the Taung and Vaalharts areas, is a primary example. 

Caledon malting plant produces 180 000 t/y

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st April 2005 Located in the foothills of the Overberg Mountain on the southern tip of the western Cape, Southern Association Maltsers (SAM), in Caledon, which is majority-owned by SAB Maltings, is the biggest operation of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Wine estate's quality focus pays dividends

By: Jill Stanford     28th January 2005 BOLD, innovative moves at Boschendal, although they have taken time to have the desired impact, are beginning to pay off says Boschendal Wines’ MD Franco Barocas. 

Brewer's R5bn capex will raise output as demand rises

By: Zonika Botha     3rd December 2004 South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) recently-announced R5-billion investment in South Africa over the next five years, starting in early 2005, will include the second-biggest investment ever in labelling in the worldwide beverage industry. 

New powerdrives for wine industry

19th November 2004 A new product for the winery and brewery industries has entered the South African market, and is available from local supplier Bearing Man. 

Time switches for precise temperature control

19th November 2004 Electrical-equipment and accessories specialist Legrand has a wide range of time switches designed for precise control in diverse environments, including refrigeration for wineries and breweries. 

Beer and flavoured alcohol retain fizz in mixed market

19th November 2004 Brand innovation, strong demand for premium labels and higher disposable incomes for most average South African households were the key drivers behind an alcoholic-beverage market that experienced mixed fortunes for the 12 months to May. 

New law seeks to develop responsible liquor industry

19th November 2004 The new Liquor Act released earlier this year by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) came into effect in August. 

Temperature sensor engineered to application requirements

19th November 2004 Instrument specialist Endress+Hauser has engineered temperatures sensor to suit specific requirements in the fermentation vessels at South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) Rosslyn plant. 

New standards in absolute encoders

19th November 2004 The new-generation Hengstler Acuro absolute encoder is setting high standards in accuracy and performance on bottling and packing lines. 

Cape winemaker's ISO double act

19th November 2004 Cape winemaker Durbanville Hills is the first South African cellar to be certified as ISO 9001:2000- and ISO 14001-compliant. 

Newcomer makes inroads into South Africa

By: Liezel Hill     19th November 2004 Brandy and wine company KWV International (KWVI), which officially entered the South African market with the launch of several products in May, has made significant inroads with its premium brands. 

Bank helps keep wine industry afloat

By: Liezel Hill     19th November 2004 South African financial institution Nedbank provides specialised financial assistance to the wine industry, and hopes this will position it as the bank of choice to the industry. 

Beer firms join forces to create synergies

By: Liezel Hill     19th November 2004 A joint-venture company was established in South Africa this year between Heineken, Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) and Diageo. 

Small brewer in bid to recapture lost market share

By: Liezel Hill     19th November 2004 South Africa’s smallest commercial brewery, Bavaria Breweries, is actively seeking to re-establish itself on the local market. 

R5bn expansion planned for breweries

By: Liezel Hill     19th November 2004 Next year will see the start of a big expansion programme at South African Breweries (SAB). 

A strategic step towards improving processes

19th November 2004 Local beer maker South African Breweries (SAB) has launched a Strategic Operating Practices (SOP) programme, an analytical approach that improves processes by adding value through information management, reducing lead-time and variability. 

Innovative alcoholic beverage packaging

19th November 2004 Packaging helps to differentiate brands on-shelf and to convey a desired brand identity to consumers. 

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