Posts Tagged ‘Alcohol abuse’

The liquor business: An industry under siege

Wine Cellars SA chairperson Henk Bruwer speaking at the WCSA annual congress.

Sitting listening to Wine Cellars SA (WCSA) chairperson Henk Bruwer deliver his annual report last Thursday at the WCSA Annual Congress at the Spier Conference Centre, it was easy to conclude that the wine industry is facing desperate times. Deviating from a prepared speech, he chose to speak from the heart, saying that the industry was facing some of its greatest challenges yet. Things are so bad, says Bruwer, that if something dramatic does not change in the next year, the impact on the industry will be catastrophic.  He’s not alone in this view, if the extent of head nodding that accompanied his (at times) emotional delivery is anything to go by.

The current state of the market locally and overseas notwithstanding, there is a growing, government-led assault, on the liquor industry in general, clearly aimed at addressing the enormous alcohol abuse problem that bedevils our society. Read more…


Health risks pose threat to alcohol marketing

October 28, 2010 1 comment

First published in Bolander Lifestyle & Property, August 26, 2009.

Adrian Botha, director of the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA)

The right to market alcohol beverages in South Africa is under threat, according to Adrian Botha, director of the Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA). “In my 21 years of dealing with this, I’ve never actually experienced such an amount of pressure on the industry as we have now,” he said. Mr Botha was addressing guests at a meeting of Rootstock, a wine industry interest group that meets regularly to discuss and debate issues of importance to the wine industry, at the Kleine Zalze Winery in Stellenbosch last Tuesday evening.

According to Mr Botha, part of the reason for the increased pressure on the industry, is the recent heightened level of interest of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the effects of alcohol. “The WHO looked at alcohol last in 1983, but until recently was not that concerned about [it]. They had asbestos as a big issue, then they had tobacco, but that has changed,” he explained. Read more…