Gigantic beer merger no threat to African farmers
The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev, which is proposing to merge with SAB Miller in a $110 billion deal, has re-assured 50 000 small-scale African farmers providing crops to SAB Miller that they will not see their supplies slashed due to a cost-cutting exercise that may ensue.
SAB Miller, the world’s second largest beer producer, sources about 130 000 tons of barley, cassava, maize and sorghum, from African smallholder farmers, which are used to brew various types of beer brands that are sold to consumers across the continent.
Awards put SA wines among the world's top
The stature of South African wines has grown phenomenally, lending credence to the country’s quest to become a premier wine-making nation. This is thanks to a string of international awards garnered by the country’s premium wines and cellars in the past decade, which have served as a measure of the superior quality of some of the wines produced.
The crowning of Kanonkop estate cellarmaster Abrie Beeslaar as the world’s best winemaker of 2015 at the International Spirit Challenge in London in July, significantly boosted the image of the South African wine industry.