The South African beverage industry, including alcohol distributors and suppliers, is vital to our country’s economy and culture. Yet, many local distributors, suppliers and brands often go unrecognised for their innovation, creativity, and outstanding service.


2024 marks the 30th anniversary of Joekels Tea – a KZN-based business that went up against the tea giants and is now a leading tea manufacturer. What many may not know, however, is that Joekels Tea entered the coffee game several years ago with the launch of their Society Cappuccinos brand. And to make their 30th anniversary even more special, Society Cappuccinos has recently been selected as Product of the Year in the Hot Beverages category for 2024, with their Caramel Toffee variant.


In today’s rapidly evolving marketplace, businesses must continuously adapt to survive and thrive. The dual imperatives of innovation and sustainability have become central to this adaptation. Companies that successfully integrate these elements into their core strategies are not only better positioned to meet the demands of modern consumers but are also more likely to enjoy long-term success. This article explores how businesses can navigate the future by embracing innovation and sustainability, highlighting the benefits, challenges, and best practices involved.



Starting a new business is an exhilarating journey, often filled with a mix of passion, excitement, and uncertainty. In today’s dynamic economic environment, startups are seen as the engines of innovation and economic growth. However, the path from a simple idea to a successful startup is fraught with challenges. This article aims to provide a comprehensive guide on navigating the startup landscape, from conceptualizing an idea to executing it effectively.


South African Breweries (SAB) has reaffirmed its dedication to promoting responsible drinking with the introduction of Corona Cero, a non-alcoholic beer option. This launch aligns with the growing global trend of mindful alcohol consumption and caters to consumers seeking flavorful alternatives without the effects of alcohol.


Results of the inaugural Next Generation Awards sponsored by shipping company FedEx Express and convened by are live. The aim of this new competition is to identify South Africa’s emerging winemaking talent. A condition of entry was that entrants should be under 35 years of age at the time of the awards ceremony on 11 June.


Esprit, a delicious ready-to-drink beverage made with unconventional flavour combinations for your unique taste, is thrilled to announce the launch of its new 500ml 4-pack. The convenient 4-pack format delivers the same great liquid consumers love at a hard-to-beat price point of R79.99. The range of flavour combinations allows those who enjoy something different to effortlessly try the freshest flavour combos.


As the winter season approaches, immune systems can be compromised as cold and flu viruses abound. When looking for ways to boost immunity, the first thing that comes to mind for many is upping one’s intake of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C and Zinc. However, the link between gut health and immunity is often missed.


Cats may be strict carnivores that will stalk your bird feeder before raiding your vegetable garden, but there are some greens they do crave. Turns out cat grass holds some amazing health benefits for humans too.


Dust off those croquet mallets, ready the patio furniture, and polish up those hosting skills – spring has just about sprung! Which means it’s finally time to start planning the little garden soirees you’ve been dreaming about. Anyone who knows anything about hosting a garden party knows that serving a welcome drink is a quintessential part of the process.