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The South African Breweries (Pty) Ltd. (SAB) is South Africa's leading producer and distributor of lager and soft drinks. It also exports brands for distribution across Namibia. Our soft drinks division is South Africa's leading bottler of products for The Coca-Cola Company. We have hotel and gaming interests through our associate Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd, the largest hotel and gaming group in South Africa.

Regional office: Johannesburg, South Africa.

Quarterly divisional seminar

February 2012

Hosted by Norman Adami, Chairman, SABMiller Beverages South Africa

Download South Africa seminar PDF (5.14Mb)

Quarterly divisional seminar slide

Norman Adami
Chairman, SABMiller Beverages South Africa

Vital statistics

1895

Year of investment

1,1291

EBITA (US$m)

7

Total number of breweries

6

Total number of bottling plants

11,4382

Total average number of employees

  1. For year ended 31 March 2013 - beverage division only.
  2. Average for year ended 31 March 2013 - beverage division only.

Total volumes sold (hl 000)

27,280

Lager beer

18,368

Soft drinks

1,613

Other alcoholic beverages

Website

www.sab.co.za

Contacts

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Brand portfolio

Key brands

  • Carling Black Label logo
  • Hansa Pilsener logo
  • Castle Lager logo
  • Castle Lite,
  • Hansa Marzen Gold,
  • Castle Milk Stout,
  • Miller Genuine Draft,
  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro,
  • Pilsner Urquell,
  • Brutal Fruit,
  • Redd’s,
  • Sarita,
  • Grolsch,
  • Dreher Premium

Flavoured alcoholic beverages

  • Redd's logo
  • Brutal Fruit logo
  • Sarita Ruby Dry,
  • Sarita Select,
  • Skelter's Straight

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Soft drinks brand portfolio

  • Coca-Cola logo
  • Fanta logo
  • Sprite logo
  • Appletiser logo
  • Valpre logo
  • Powerade logo
  • Coca-cola,
  • Coca-Cola Light,
  • Coca-Cola Zero,
  • Tab,
  • Sprite,
  • Sprite Zero,
  • Fanta,
  • Fanta Zero,
  • Sparletta,
  • Stoney,
  • Iron Brew,
  • Schweppes,
  • Twist,
  • Valpre,
  • Bonaqua,
  • Powerade,
  • Powerplay,
  • Appletiser,
  • Nestea

Soft drinks report

Read our soft drinks report to find out how our operations extend beyond brewing

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Front cover of Soft drinks report

History 1895-2012

Historial document
1895

South Africa Breweries (SAB) founded.

1896

The first bar is erected on company land in central Johannesburg.

1897

SAB is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

1898

SAB is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

1902

Capital invested doubles to £2 million, a record for any non-mining company in South Africa.

1925

SAB acquires a stake in Schweppes sparkling beverages.

1950

SAB head office and seat of control moves from London to Johannesburg.

1953

Work begins on new Castle Brewery site in Isando, east of Johannesburg – the largest brewhouse in Africa and one of the most modern in the world.

1960

SAB extends its involvement in the liquor industry by acquiring control of Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery.

1963

SAB establishes a corporate identity for itself with its new head office on Braamfontein Ridge.

1964

SAB granted licence to brew Guinness in South Africa – the first company outside Ireland accorded this right.

1970

SAB opens South Africa's first sparkling beverage canning plant and launches the Groovy range to a receptive market.

1978

SAB publishes a code of non-discriminatory employment – a first in the country.

1989

Da Gama Textiles Company, one of the largest textile manufacturers in South Africa, joins the SAB fold.

1995

State President Nelson Mandela opens SAB's Centenary Centre in the cultural precinct of Johannesburg.

1999

SAB begins to invest in the rapidly growing gaming industry in South Africa.

2002

SABMiller plc and Tsogo Investment Holding Company announce landmark Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) transaction, transferring both companies' hotel and gaming interests into a new company, Tsogo Sun Holdings Limited.

2003

Mahlasedi Taverner Programme launched in support of the normalisation of the retail liquor trade. This ongoing programme aims to support the licensing of previously illegal shebeens thereby creating 60,000 to 80,000 sustainable businesses and some 300,000 to 450,000 formal jobs whilst encouraging responsibility in terms of the National Liquor Act.

2003

SABMiller and Tsogo Investments merge their activities to form the Tsogo Sun Group, one of the largest hotel and gaming groups in South Africa.

2006

Peroni Nastro Azzurro, the beer with unmistakable Italian style, is launched in South Africa.

2007

Hansa Marzen Gold launched

2008

Dutch heritage brand Grolsch and Dreher Premium are introduced to the South African market.

2009

SABMiller announces a proposed broad-based black economic empowerment transaction in South Africa.

2012

The South African Breweries Ltd became The South African Breweries (Pty) Ltd, recognising its status as a private company under the Companies Act 71 of 2008.

Alcohol responsibility

You Decide poster

You Decide: addressing underage drinking in South Africa

Last year in South Africa, SAB (Pty) Ltd launched its You Decide programme to tackle one of the alcohol-related issues that most affects South African society – underage drinking.

Read the alcohol responsibility case study

Sustainable development

Energy Management Device (EMD) logo

Eco-friendly fridges for retailers

SAB (Pty) Ltd is working to reduce emissions across the value chain. This year, the company developed energy-efficient and environmentally friendly LED lights and energy management devices (EMDs) which are now used in every new fridge that SAB (Pty) Ltd supplies to its retailers.

Read the sustainable development case study