* SAB Miller is looking to open up the image of beer from just being a sportlovers’ drink to one that is enjoyed by women, and can be served paired with foods. They are looking to coffee marketing, which has seen a ‘one-dimensional drink‘ transformed into a multi-faceted beverage. The company owns world beer brands such as Peroni, Grolsch, Coors Light, and Miller.
* Concern is being expressed about the viability of eleven new hotels which are planned to be built in Cape Town in the next four years, adding another 2000 rooms of 3-star quality in the main. Seven of the hotels are planned to be built within a 10 km radius of the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Cape Town has about 11700 hotel rooms currently. The new hotel openings could further worsen winter seasonality in the city!
* Richard Duckitt, winemaker at DGB’s Franschhoek Cellar, is featured in The Drinks Business, focusing on his views about Sauvignon Blanc. He sees a local trend to the wines showing more passion fruit, gooseberry, and tropical fruit, away from overly green styles. A balance between the two styles is ideal, he believes.
* Grande Provence is hosting the Italian fashion brand MaxMara Summer 2015 collection on 15 November, with a three course dinner paired with Grand Provence wines. Cost R1000, with part of the proceeds going to the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation. (received via media release from GC Communications)