* Globally spirit sales barely grew in 2013, after a growth of 6,5% between 2007 – 2011. Vodka is the largest selling spirit category, at 496 million cases. Whisky/whiskey sales grew the fastest, and stand at 361 million cases. Rum sales were 146 million, a decrease on the year prior. Whilst the largest market for spirits is Asia, at 1,9 billion cases, growth was minimal.
* More than 70 World Design Capital 2014 projects are on display in the Civic Centre as the project reaches its halfway mark, reports the Cape Times. The projects on display include the MyCiTi Bus, Green Point Urban Park, and the Buitengracht Pedestrian Bridge. There is no entrance fee to view the display, which runs until the end of this year.
* Millennials will be the travelers of the future, being the biggest tourism spenders in the next 5 – 10 years, and already represent one third of business travel expenses. Born between the 1980s and 2000, these travelers are tech savvy, and less interested in the beauty of a destination, and more in its culture, wanting authentic experiences.
* The implementation of the highly controversial Immigration regulations, affecting tourists to our country too, has been delayed to 1 October. (Kfm news)
* Haute Cabrière is celebrating 20 years of making its Chardonnay Pinot Noir, a unique blend first made by Achim von Arnim. Winemaker and son Takuan von Arnim made the 2014 vintage for the first time. The blend proportion is Chardonnay dominant, at 60%. (received via media release from Manley Communications)
* The celebration of the opening of GetWine new warehouse in Durham Road in Salt River on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, was a huge success, says owner Johan Wegner. Operating as Van Riebeeck Liquors, and having bought Rubin’s Liquors, and supplying the corporate market in particular, new premises were necessary. Close to 200 free pizzas made by Café Chameleon on the pavement outside, and 225 bottles of wine made by such leading wine estates as Ken Forrester, Neil Ellis, Cederberg, AA Badenhorst, and Graham Beck, were tasted. Discounts offered led to brisk sales.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Porfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage