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A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier
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A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier






Bonus Episode: Introducing the DrinksBiz Network and community

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier. The beverage industry does not have a formal association for business owners and industry professionals, making it hard to find information and making the right connections in the industry. Holger introduces the DrinksBiz community for business owners and and professionals and explains how this can add value to your business. For more information visit www.drinksbiz.co.za


Mic turnaround: Holger Meier with Brenda Meier

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier To celebrate our wedding anniversary, we are reversing the mics and Brenda is in the studio to interview Holger. Join us to listen to Holger's story.


Jan-Nico Coetzee - Meander Fine Wines

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier We caught up with Jan-Nico Coetzee, KwaZulu-Natal's favourite wine ou, before his move back to the Cape. We talk wine, craft beer and gin with Jan-Nico. Jan-Nico proudly tells us about the progress the local Kzn wine farms are making.


Louis Peters - Sales Development Manager Africa and Adventurer

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier From South Sudan to Cambodia, our guest, Louis Peters, loves working with beer sales teams. Louis started his beer career as a SAB sales rep east of Pretoria, but soon was appointed to his dream and was responsible for training sales teams for SAB all over Africa. From Tanzania to war-torn South Sudan, and selling traditional beer in Botswana and Kwa-Zulu Natal, Louis is a hands on sales expert and adventurer who even sold wine in Ethiopia....


Dirk Prinsloo - Floating Dutchman Rum

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Dirk Prinsloo is the distiller of Floating Dutchman Rum. Floating Dutchman Rum is distilled at Frankenstill Distillery based at Triggerfish Brewing in Somerset West. Dirk explains, in detail, how he distills his rum using locally sourced ingredients and then rests the rum in locally sourced red wine barrels. Rum is a very interesting spirit, but it is still a very young spirit in South Africa, so look out for some exciting stuff in the next few...


Tony da Costa - Liquor City Claremont

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Listen to Tony da Costa owner of Liquor City Claremont, one of my favourite speciality liquor stores in South Africa. Tony does so much of what we stand for and teach at DrinksBiz. Tony da Costa opened his little Liquor City Claremont and an OK store only 7 years ago. From the beginning Tony focused on service and on being different. Tony’s team has a tremendous amount of product knowledge and always try use their knowledge to help and up-sell...


Simon von Witt - Distillers Union

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Today's guest is craft gin pioneer, Simon von Witt, who started making liqueurs after enjoying aperitifs in Italy. His first taste of Inverroche Gin inspired him to start experimenting with Gin. Simon founded the Woodstock Gin Co which he sold to E Snell & Co and he is now working on a range of new brands for Distillers Union, his new distillery.


Bryce Kennard - Copper Republic Distilling Co

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Interesting conversation with Bryce Kennard, the founder of Copper Republic Distilling Co. Bryce a former pub owner who started his beverage career exporting cheap spirits into Africa has made a complete turnaround now makes super-premium spirits with awesome packaging.


Ludgero da Cruz - Covert Distributors

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Unofficial ambassador of Brazil's national cocktail, Ludgero Da Cruz, master salesman and storyteller, joins us in this episode of the DrinksBiz Podcast. Ludgero is a veteran of the Beverage Industry and one of the founders of Covert Distributions, importers of Arbikie Distillery's range, Cachaça da Tulha and Richland Rum.


Kaspar Hagedorn – Knut Hansen Dry Gin

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Kasper Hagedorn, one of the founders of Knut Hansen Dry Gin, joins us on this episode of the DrinksBiz Podcast, from Munich. Kasper shares his journey of starting a world class gin brand in Germany in the beautiful stoneware bottle with the picture of the famous Hamburg sailor. Knut Hansen is now available in more than 15 countries, including South Africa. Kasper tells us that they were able to outsource most parts of the business. Just last our...


Grant McMurray - Zululand Distillery

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Grant McMurray, the founder of Zululand Distillery, joins us in this show. Grant is a successful entrepreneur who started a distillery as a way to add value to his sugarcane crop. Grant talks to us about his essential oils business, SOIL and the challenges they have had launching Tapanga Rum.


Trevor Bruns - Whisler Rum

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Philosophy of rum Whistling your own tune. Like all good stories this story starts sipping a poor rum. South Africans had very little access to rum culture. It’s great to know that we now have 8 distilleries that focus on producing rum. THE RULES FOR AFRICAN STYLE RUM The rum must be distilled, aged and matured in Africa, Only use equipment designed and manufactured by Africans, Distilled by a born and bred African master distiller, Distilled...


Inacio de Gouveia - Woodstock Direct

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Inacio de Gouveia manages Woodstock direct, a craft beer and gin wholesaler and Woodstock Liquors, a specialist liquor retailer in the heart of Woodstock, Cape Town. Inacio shares his journey from working in bars and restaurants in London and Cape Town, to working as a sales rep and eventually starting a distribution and retail business. Inacio is a great supporter of the craft industry.


Aslina Wines by Ntsiki Biyela

In today's show we talk to Ntsiki Biyela. Ntsiki Biyela grew up in Mahlabathini, a small rural village in northern KwaZulu-Natal, not far from where I grew up on the edge of the Pongola River on the northern border of KwaZulu-Natal. Ntsiki was awarded an SAA scholarship to study at Stellenbosch University. Ntsiki shares her journey of studying at an Afrikaans university, to become the first black female wine maker in South Africa.


Sean O'Connor - Mindful Drinking Festival

Is Mindful Drinking the “Next Big Thing”? Sean O’Connor the organiser of the Mindful Drinking Festival agrees with me. We both think the low and non alcoholic drinks category is something that retailers have to watch out for. Find out more about Sean and his event at https://www.mindfuldrinking.co.za/


Yvonne Bittmann-Steyn - Team Inverroche Germany

In today's show we are joined by Yvonne Bittman-Steyn, the German importer of Inverroche Gin. Yvonne has been a supporter of Inverroche Gin since she first saw the product at the Wine Village in Hermanus. Yvonne's family business, Südafrika Genuss, has been importing Inverroche Gin since 2011. For more information about Südafrika Genuss visit: https://suedafrika-genuss.de/ and to find out more about Susanne Schneider and Springfontein Eats visit:...


Lorna Scott - Inverroche Distillery

In today's show we are joined by Lorna Scott, founder of Inverroche Distillery. We talk to Lorna about her journey and about the news that Pernod Ricard has acquired a share in the business. A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier


[Best of] Myles Oelofse - How to import beer in South Africa?

A Beverage Industry Podcast with Holger Meier Today's questions is: How to import beer into South Africa. Myles Oelofse of Nordic Craft imports Mikkeller beer from Denmark. Holger asked Myles to help answer the question, as he has just been through the whole process. Myles recommends starting the process with obtaining the NLA (National Liquor Authority) distributors licence from the DTI in Pretoria. He further explains how the new tariff code procedure has been changed by SARS. Importers...


Llewellyn Devereaux - Saving us from Hangovers

In this episode we meet the founders of Lohocla at The Landmark in Bryanston. These three young and dynamic entrepreneurs have been working to rid the world of hangovers since 2013. Holger gets a chance to taste the "LifeSaver". Lohocla™ (alcohol spelt backwards) is the world's first premium anti-hangover shooter.​ Its best to consume Lohocla after the party/before you sleep for the best results in preventing hangover symptoms, but we know people forget, so it can also be drank in the...


Hendre' Barnard - Distillique

Today's guest is Hendre' Barnard, Training and Marketing Manager at Distillique. https://www.facebook.com/hendre.barnard Southern African Craft Distilling Institute www.sacdi.co.za Distillique Beverages www.distillique.co.za