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Welcome to DrinksBiz Radio, where you will find conversation with brewers, distillers, and leaders in the Beverage Industry in South Africa.

Holger has been involved in the liquor industry his working life. He has worked with a number of different brands as well as with some of the top specialty retailers in the country.

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Welcome to DrinksBiz Radio, where you will find conversation with brewers, distillers, and leaders in the Beverage Industry in South Africa.

Holger has been involved in the liquor industry his working life. He has worked with a number of different brands as well as with some of the top specialty retailers in the country.

#drinksbiz
#offconsumption
#licencedtrade
#retail
#Bierbotschafter

    Spar Engage, Shaun Gatonby

    Spar Engage, Shaun Gatonby

    In this episode we chat to Shaun Gatonby, managing director of Spar Engage, sales and merchandising agents for the Spar private label business. Before starting Spar Engage, Shaun worked for the Imana Foods' owned sales and merchandising company, Process Sales.

    Shaun takes time to explain the intricacies of the Spar private label business which was started by Bruce Hughes and the team at Monteagle and is now called Spar Encore. Spar Encore looks after the supply chain of the Spar private label products for the retailers.

    Spar Engage has three divisions, they have a team that looks after retailers, a team that looks after Tops and the newest division, Fresh, which will look after butchery, bakery, produce, food solutions and deli.

    Cape Brandy, Charles Withington

    Cape Brandy, Charles Withington

    As promised Charles Withington is back and this time we are talking about Cape Brandy. After a 5 year effort by the Cape Brandy Distillers Guild, The term “Cape Brandy” may now be applied to labelling as the official descriptor.

    To be classified as a Cape Brandy, a brandy must be:


    Produced from grapes grown in the Cape Wine Regions of South Africa
    100% Double Pot Still Distilled
    Minimum of 38% alcohol by volume
    Aged in Oak casks of less than 340 litres for a minimum of three years
    Quality certified by an independent body

    For more information about Cape Brandy visit http://capebrandy.org/ and here is a link to Charles Withington's Voorkamer brandy: https://www.withington.co.za/voorkamer-brandy/

    You may also be interested in listening to the previous interview with Charles Withington which you will find here: https://www.drinksworld.co.za/charles-withington-the-darling-wine-shop/

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    • 25 min
    The MOJO Company, Peter de Villiers

    The MOJO Company, Peter de Villiers

    Peter de Villiers landed his first job at Gilbeys, the local arm of one of the worlds leading liquor company's, International Distillers & Vintners. He first worked in the stats department and later got his dream job managing brands like Coco Rico or Malibu as it is known today.

    Peter has many years experience running his own liquor company and in this interview he shares many valuable lessons with us.

    Peter pioneered the popular MOJO Jam Jar and has developed other popular brands like Black Widow Vodka and Vamanos.

    You can connect with the Peter and the MOJO team on social media at https://www.facebook.com/MOJOrsa

    Thank you for listening to our stories here online. Here is a link were you can subscribe to become part of our community and be notified when we upload our latest content: https://link.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=69086c59fd049a42d2f1cf55a&id=835035b7a6

    • 42 min
    The Beverage Club with Rob Heyns

    The Beverage Club with Rob Heyns

    Welcome to a new episode of DrinksWorld, where we celebrate and connect entrepreneurs in the beverage industry in South Africa.

    Rob Heyns is back for this episode. It is always fun to chat to Rob because his approach to business so different, he sees opportunities that no one else sees and then come up with really amazing concepts and products.

    This is not a stock standard bottle store, this is about enticing customers to try different things. There is a big gifting element, so the packaging is important, making it look pretty, making the unboxing an experience, its the gift you buy for yourself. - Rob Heyns
    Rob, together with Nzeka Biyela, launched the League of Beers way back in 2012 with the goal of getting South Africa drinking better beer. Fast forward many years and thousands of beers later, and they’ve joined forces yet again (along with a few mates) to take a delicious dive into the best spirits the country has to offer. Visit the new site at https://thebeverageclub.co.za/

    Curation is a monstrous challenge, you are working passionate producers, when you are working with craft producers, it is about product first, it is not necessary about having the most predictable operational processes. It is like herding cats, but it is worth it, because you get really cool curations and mixes for the end consumer.
    With their experience the team has become the go to Direct-to-consumer, Gifting and Curation consultants for local and international clients.

    Links:
    https://thebeverageclub.co.za/products/gin-mixed-box
    https://www.yuppiechef.com/jimmy-public.htm?id=54482&name=Jimmy-Public-Classic-Gin-750ml
    https://www.yuppiechef.com/mood.htm?id=51295&name=Mood-12-Mini-Gins-Collection-Box
    https://www.ngf.co.za/products/ngf-gin-advent-24ml

    • 34 min
    Holger's Imported Beer Report 2021

    Holger's Imported Beer Report 2021

    With all the challenges of 2020 and 2021 we talk to a number of beer importers in South Africa to find out what beers are available to the trade.

    One of my contacts who is active on the continent says there is a massive shortage of cans, the price of barley is up 30% and shipping is up 90%. How do importers deal with that scenario. Some, certainly have already stopped importing... Join me as we chat to our community members.
    Flare Beverages imports Erdinger, Paulaner, Bitburger and Royal Dutch. The trade can contact them on 021 905 8163 or admin@flarebev.co.za
    Belgsa Trading imports La Trappe, Palm, Rodenbach, Cornet and local belgian ale De Poes. info@belgsatrading.co.za
    Beverage People imports the iconic Pilsner Urquell, the Fuller's range as well as BrewDog. They have just launched the local Sxollie Cider in a can. The Fullers and Brew Dog range are no longer available. order@beveragepeople.co.za
    The Belgian Beer Company imports Duvel, Maredsous, Liefmans, La Chouffe, De Koninck, Kwak, Tripel Karmeliet, Vedett and they have just launched the Liefmans Fruitesse 0.0 Alcohol Free. The trade can contact them on 021 552 8656 or info@belgianbeercompany.co.za
    Nicholson Smith imports the and Union range from Germany. The trade can contact them on 011 496 2947 or jason@nicholsonsmith.co.za
    Global Beer Merchants imports the original Hofbräu München beers. Contact 082 061 7843 beers@globalbeermerchant.co.za
    Beverage Emporium imports Super Bock. 087 057 5450 or info@thebevemp.co.za
    The Cape Brewing Co imports a Pale Ale in a can as well as their Rekorderlig Cider from Sweden. The trade can contact them 021 863 2270 or on info@capebrewing.co.za
    Singha is available, but it is imported by a Thai restaurant chain for their own outlets.
    Gerstel and Eichbaum are currently out of stock The Faxe range as well as Carlsberg from Denmark is no longer imported
    In Heineken's most significant acquisition since 2018, the worlds second largest brewer offers to buy South African Distell and Namibian Breweries.

    • 21 min
    Charles Withington, The Darling Wine Shop

    Charles Withington, The Darling Wine Shop

    Charles Witingthon, the curator of the "Darling Brand" talks to us about his career with some of the top estates in the South African wine industry, about his experiences introducing South African wines to the export markets and about Darling where he now owns the popular Darling Wine Shop.

    We chat about the efficient railways in days gone by. Imagine shipping Oysters from Knysna or 100 cases of wine on todays railway.

    Charles teaches us about voorkamer, voorstoep and kakamakranka.

    A delightful episode
    A Podcast with Holger Meier

    • 39 min

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