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A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier.

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A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier.

Brought to you by www.DrinksBiz.co.za, a mighty network for business owners and professionals in the beverage industry.

    Episode 58: Robert Greaves Mhoba Rum

    Episode 58: Robert Greaves Mhoba Rum

    A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier


    Holger visits the Mhoba Rum Distillery on the Greaves Family Farm near Malelane
    Mhoba is a farm to bottle, hand-made sugarcane rum made on the Greaves Family Farm near Malelane in the Lowveld.


    After trying to market and promote Mhoba in South Africa, the bulk of the Mhoba Rum is now exported to France. La Maison du Whisky, Mhoba’s partner is also the sole distributor of major whisky brands such as The Dalmore, Jura, Compass Box and Nikka.


    Listen to my podcast interview with Robert Greaves on Pocket Casts or your favourite Podcasting App. We talk about authentic rum and ponder about ways in which we could help retailers in South Africa sell more rum. Robert has a very interesting story and is a mine of knowledge. Well worth a listen.

    • 41 min
    Episode 57: Tanya Cruse - Gin & Co

    Episode 57: Tanya Cruse - Gin & Co

    A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier


    Holger visits Tanya Cruse at her new concept store, Gin & Co in the Casterbridge Centre in White River. Gin & Co is the home of Dollie Gin and Rottcher Winery. Gin & Co offers gin tastings as well as retail sales of local craft gin and rums.

    • 16 min
    Episode 56: Dario Scilipoti - Bluebird Coffee Roastery

    Episode 56: Dario Scilipoti - Bluebird Coffee Roastery

    A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier


    Dario Scilipoti, the founder of Bluebird Coffee Roastery is our guest today.


    Bluebird Coffee Roastery was awarded the coveted Best New Roastery award at the prestigious FNB Coffee Magazine gala event recently.


    Dario talks about his journey and explains the technical aspects of roasting coffee.
    Coffee supply chain is very complicated and not very transparent. Dario hopes to change this.


    The way that coffee is being traded around the world is really unsustainable. Coffee is often traded at below the cost price. The commodity price of coffee has actually decrease over the last 20 years.


    As a roaster, Dario wants to support as supply chain that is sustainable.


    Dario explains that the big brands are masters of consistency whereas the specialy brands are masters at offering a flavour experiences.


    Dario explains:
    Third wave coffee - connecting the consumer directly with the coffee
    Gourmet Coffee - marketing term
    Specialty Coffee - rated at more 80 by Q-raters


    Bluebird Coffe is available at:
    Hillcrest Kwikspar
    Salt Rock Coffee company

    • 44 min
    Episode 55: Rob Heyns - Puts cool craft stuff in a box and then ships it!

    Episode 55: Rob Heyns - Puts cool craft stuff in a box and then ships it!

    Rob Heyns is back, and explains to us how he is helping retailers find interesting solutions for their problems.
    We talk about getting funding and raising capital.
    Rob shares his vision about creating a canning "ecosystem" for his latest business, the TinyKeg mobile canning business. Variety at a good price rather than quantity at a good price, is the motto!
    Watch Building A Brand: https://youtu.be/mxgOY2Ms-YI

    • 46 min
    Episode 54: John Murray - International Cider Maker

    Episode 54: John Murray - International Cider Maker

    A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier


    Podcasting time with John M Murray. John's long career in cider making has taken him to 83 countries around the world. John worked for HP Bulmer, once the world largest cider maker, for forty years.


    In the 1980's John opened a cider mill in Elgin and in the late 1990's he was part of the team that opened the Bulmer SA cider plant in Centurion (situated next to the old Bavaria Brau brewery).

    • 49 min
    Episode 53: Sean Wakeford - Bierfassl

    Episode 53: Sean Wakeford - Bierfassl

    A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier


    Sean Wakeford one of Holger's oldest industry friends is a guest in this episode. We take a walk down memory lane, from the days at the Crossways Hotel to Bierfassl were he has just celebrated his 20th year anniversary.


    Stubbornly unique, makes it stand out and difficult to copy and difficult to compete. There must be a reason for people to visit your outlet. What makes your outlet unique. Next time you visit the Bierfassl ask for an Eisbein, a Erdinger Weissbier and a Kleiner Keiler or a merry mountain goat.


    Sean is always willing to try new ideas and believes in offering his customers something that they can treat themselves with.


    Sean reminded me our trip the Wartburger Hof and he tells me that I insisted that he had to Wartburg before he was qualified to open the Bierfasl.


    Both Sean and Holger turn 50 years old this year and are now official industry veterans.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

John@amsz ,

World Class Podcast

I have been listening to Holger's podcasts for some time now and am not directly in the beverage industry. There is obviously enormous value for those in the industry but I find the podcasts interesting from other aspects and am drawn to the business lessons and also the storytelling. Keep up the good work Holger.

Home brew fanatic ,

Fantastic growth

I love how the quality of the podcast and content has grown. Now one of my regular downloads for insight into the local minds and markets.
Keep it up Holger.

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