Founded in 1895, the South African Breweries (Pty) Ltd (SAB) is the South African subsidiary and historical birthplace of SABMiller plc, one of the world’s largest brewers by volume with more than 200 brands and brewing interests and distribution agreements in over 60 countries across six continents.
SAB is the second largest listed company on the JSE Securities Exchange, South Africa’s leading producer and distributor of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and one of the nation’s largest manufacturing firms.
The company operates 7 breweries and 42 depots in South Africa with an annual brewing capacity of 3.1 billion litres. Its portfolio of beer brands meets the needs of a wide range of consumers and includes brands rich in heritage such as Castle Lager, Hansa Pilsener, Carling Black Label and the iconic Dutch beer brand Grolsch.
SAB’s soft drinks division is Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), the largest producer and distributor of Coca-Cola brands in Southern Africa.
SAB employs more than 9,000 people, 75% of whom are from previously disadvantaged groups. In addition SAB’s operations support an estimated 48,000 jobs at SAB’s first round suppliers. For each job offered by SAB and its first round suppliers, 5.7 additional jobs are supported in the rest of the South African economy. In all 378,000 full time jobs in South Africa can directly or indirectly be traced back to the production of SAB’s products.