CCBSA continues to contribute to circular economy through plastic waste collection drives

SOUTH AFRICA – In line with its World Without Waste Vision 2030 agenda, the Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has partnered with Matongoni Recycling Group to undertake a plastic waste collection and recycling initiative in rural communities of Limpopo Province. The beverage giant targets to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle it sells, and reach 50% recycled content of all its packaging by 2030 globally. Under the recently launched project, Coca-Cola will provide the much-needed boost to the collection of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles by availing a…

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SAB quenches thirst of South African beer lovers with launch of first double malt drink

SOUTH AFRICA – Raising a glass to 126 years of exceptional beer making under its leading brand Castle, South African Breweries has launched the country’s first double malt beer dubbed Castle Double Malt. The new offering joins the Castle family comprising of Castle Lager, Castle alcohol free Lager, Castle Lite and Castle Milk Stout. Making a bold statement of its pride of the local heritage, Castle Double Malt brings a perfect union of flavour and refreshment by combining two carefully selected malts from Caledon and Alrode, giving rise to a…

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South Africa’s alcohol bans impacted not only booze sales but also consumer behavior

SOUTH AFRICA – Further assessing the impact of South Africa’s latest liquor ban, a new NielsenIQ report has equated the loss to R7.6 billion (US$520m) during the four weeks it lasted from 28th June to 26th July 2021. Looking back at the financial fallout of the liquor ban, the report found that after the first prohibition (June 2020) the sector was able to recover two weeks of lost sales but these gains were short-lived and rapidly declined in the weeks that followed. Consumers also carefully considered which categories to purchase…

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South Africa’s beer major SAB reports double digit growths in both sales, profit despite alcohol bans

SOUTH AFRICA – Despite the multiple COVID-19 related alcohol ban, South African Breweries (SAB) realised strong consumer demand for its brands when alcohol trade was allowed. According to its parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) revealed that the beer maker registered double-digit growth in both profit and sales in the six months to end-June, a period which covered parts of two alcohol sales bans. The third alcohol sales ban since the Covid-19 pandemic started, began in December and ended at the beginning of February, while the fourth ban started towards…

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SAB encourages responsible drinking through launch of ghost kitchen serving pre- and post-groove meals

SOUTH AFRICA – Keeping to its true nature of introducing new innovative offerings in the South African market, alcohol major South African Breweries (SAB), has launched a ghost kitchen to deliver delicious bites to consumers, before and after indulging in alcohol, under its Flying Fish brand. Dubbed, The Flying Dish Kitchen, the beer maker has partnered with Uber Eats to feature a select menu of consumers’ favourite pre- and post-groove meals, as chosen by them. The tantalizing menu is set to feature affordable gourmet burgers, to vegan vibes, made by…

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SAB stops beer production amid extended liquor sales ban, damages from unrest

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Breweries (SAB), subsidiary of AB InBev has halted its production activities following the extension of the government’s alcohol sales ban as part of lockdown regulations. Government instituted the ban at the end of June as South Africa was hit by a deadly third Covid-19 wave in order to keep hospital beds available for Covid-19 patients and free of alcohol-related trauma cases. The ban was extended on 10 July. “As SAB goes into a sales ban, it implements an orderly wind-down process by which the…

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South Africa Breweries goes solo in promoting responsible drinking, industry stakeholders closely watch them

SOUTH AFRICA – South African Breweries, the country’s largest beer producer has announced that it is seeking to explore new alcohol harm reduction strategies and in turn will be resigning from Aware.org. Aware.org is a non-profit organization (NPO) aimed to educate the public, organizations, and individuals about issues related to personal safety. Membership in such organizations is a prerequisite for trading licenses in the liquor industry for manufacturers, resellers, and traders. Aware.org describes itself as an organization that aims to mitigate alcohol-related harm through research, partner collaboration, stakeholder management, and…

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South African Breweries rekindles hope for SA market, plans to invest US$147m in plant upgrades

SOUTH AFRICA – South African Breweries (SAB), subsidiary of AB InBev, has now walked back on its investment plans in the South African economy, announcing it has allocated R2 billion (US$147m) for its home operations. This comes months after the maker of Castle Lager beer was forced to pull the plug on billions of Rands in planned operational investments in the country. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2020, the brewer withdrew a R2.5bn (US$164m) capital and infrastructure upgrade expenditure for the year, and later on in…

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SAB introduces new Gin & Tonic drink dubbed Black Crown alongside Shine Club wine

SOUTH AFRICA – South African Breweries has expanded its ready to drink alcohol beverage portfolio, with the launch of Black Crown Gin & Tonic. The drink with an alcohol by volume of 5%, is an easy drinking gin and tonic mixer, that has a crisp citrus aroma, where juniper gives way to refreshing lemon notes. Excitingly announcing its launch, Ricardo Moreira Zone President Africa at Anheuser-Busch InBev, said, “I’d like to take a moment to give a big congratulations to the ZX Ventures Team for their launch of Black Crown…

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SAB to launch new B-BBEE scheme with US$371m worth of AB InBev’s shares

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Breweries (SAB), subsidiary of AB InBev is set to launch its new B-BBEE scheme SAB Zenzele Kabili which will own R5.4 billion (US$371m) worth of the parent compay’s shares, after the maturation of its SAB Zenzele in May 2021. SAB Zenzele is the largest B-BBEE scheme in the history of South Africa in the fast-moving consumer goods sector, with a total maturation value of R9.7 billion. Launched in 2010, the landmark scheme transaction endeavoured to give the company’s retailer partners – taverners, bottle store…

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