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Handel

Company:
Edward Snell & Co Ltd (PTY)
Address:
13 Wallflower street, Paarden Eiland
Place:
7420 Cape Town
Country:
South Africa
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
Edward Snell – Whisky from South Africa

Edward Snell founded a trading company in Durban in 1848, from which the oldest spirit company in South Africa developed over 160 years. Following an eventful history, the company is now once again in the hands of the family. Besides their own brands they also sell numerous local and international drink brands, mostly in various markets in Africa and the Middle East.

The wide range of products includes whisky, brandy, vodka, rum, gin, tequila and cognac. One outstanding label is Firstwatch Whisky with its new look, a striking, square bottle design. Consumer demand for a whisky with an American taste profile has been perfected over time and is presented today as a balanced blend of the finest imported rye and grain. Whether pure, on the rocks or mixed – its diversity makes it popular with many different target groups and successful in one of the largest spirit segments in South Africa.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Firstwatch Whisky.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 92Firstwatch2018Details

Handel

Company:
MBG International Premium Brands GmbH
Address:
Oberes Feld 13
Place:
33106 Paderborn
Country:
Germany
Products:
  • Spirituosen Wiederverkauf
MBG International Premium Brands – Brands with added value

“We Love Liquids.” This slogan has accompanied MBG on its worldwide path of success since it was founded in 1993 under the name P.O.S. Marketing + Vertrieb GmbH: Strong brands have been established around the world in nearly 60 countries, with innovative own brands, renowned retail brands, great ideas and a lot of energy. With over 250 employees, the MBG Group currently generates over € 200 million and, every year, more than a million hectolitres are produced. The portfolio in Germany includes 12 own brands and 6 retail brands (from non-alcoholic drinks to low proof drinks to wines & spirits) for 90,000 customers.

“Our recipe for successful brands is the mixture of passion, conviction and knowledge of the market. If all goes well, names and products become new worlds which consumers love. Success is not always predictable, which means that courage is needed above all. The right moment has to be found and hard work put in, just like with a hit single: some are one hit wonders while others become classics.” Little can be added to this definition from Managing Director Andreas W. Herb. From the MBG Group headquarters in Paderborn, a great deal of expertise makes successful brands, tailored to the respective target group and the market segment. Many brands that are well known on shop shelves and in the gastronomy sector have played a role in the history of the company.

Participation in the World Spirits Award yielded gold for Dos Mas Nasty Nuts Shot.
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Gold 91Dos Mas Nasty Nuts Shot2018Details

Destillerie

Company:
Stroh Austria GmbH
Address:
Strohgasse 6
Place:
9020 Maria Saal
Country:
Austria
Products:
  • Rum
  • Obst-Geiste & Spirituosen
  • Liköre
Stroh – The Spirit of Austria

The traditional Stroh brand is a symbol of the Austrian attitude to life. Sebastian Stroh laid the foundation for the company’s success story in 1832 when he began the commercial production of liqueurs and rosolios. By 1926, 100 different specialities and 1.2 million bottles were already being produced. In 1969, Hanno Maurer-Stroh took over as the fifth generation manager of the family business at the age of 21 and redesigned it to suit the requirements of the modern market. In 1994, Stroh was the leading spirits brand in Austria and the brand is also sold in over 30 countries across the world. Following the merger with Stock and other changes, Harold Burstein, Managing Director of Stock Austria, took over the company management in August 2008 as part of a 100% management buyout. Stroh rum has been 100% produced in Austria since spring 2009 and is still refined using the finest essences and flavours.

The novelty STROH Fire is a liqueur based on a recipe from the 19th century that was believed lost. The combination of the distinctive STROH flavour and an infusion of the Hot Bird’s Eye chilli, which is also produced in the factory, has the potential of becoming the hot shot of the catering and bar scene. STROH Fire tastes good as an ice-cold shot or as a basis for spicy long drinks. It goes well with intensive soft drinks such as ginger beer or Almdudler.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Stroh Fire Chili Spiced Liqueur.
AwardsPointsSpiritEventDetail
Gold 93.3Stroh Fire Chili Spiced Liqueur2017Details

Destillerie

Company:
Plomari Ouzo Distillery Isidoros Arvanitis S.A.
Address:
6, A. Metaxa Str.
Place:
14564 Kato Kifisia, Athens
Country:
Greece
Products:
  • Ouzo
Plomari – Original ouzo from Lesvos

Plomari on Lesvos is recognised as the home of ouzo, as the location of the island, the sea and the fertile soil offered local producers the best conditions for making ouzo with a special quality. In 1894, Isidoros Arvanitis mixed these ingredients with herbs, which he had gathered all around the world, in a copper distillation flask and the famous recipe for Ouzo of Plomari Isidoros Arvanitis, current market leader in Greece, was born.

The old distillery was located amidst a beautiful olive grove in picturesque Plomari, the village where ouzo has been produced for more than 100 years. Out of respect for tradition it will be used for cultural purposes in future. The increase in export activity made the relocation of the distillery to a larger plant necessary, where traditional distillation and production can be combined with modern bottle filling and packaging. 58.5% of the production is exported.

The traditional way of distillation in small, hand-made copper kettles for nine hours and the high-quality, local ingredients, in conjunction with the strictly secret recipe, give the Ouzo of Plomari its characteristic aroma. The particularly soft water comes from springs of the Sedounta River, aniseed from the company’s own estates in Lisvori, fennel from the north from Evoia. Star aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and mastic extract come from Chios, salt from the salt works of Kalloni. Still today, this delicate yet rich delight is filled in a traditional bottle with typical corks.

At the World Spirits Award, there was gold for Ouzo of Plomari Isidoros Arvanitis, and silver for M Dry Mastiha Spirit Drink.
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Gold 91.7Ouzo of Plomari Isidoros Arvanitis2018Details
Silver 89M Dry Mastiha Spirit Drink2018Details

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