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Tanzania Distilleries Limited is the foremost supplier of wines, spirits and liqueurs in Tanzania. As well as producing Konyagi, TDL also manufactures a range of local spirits including Vladimir Vodka, Regency Whisky and Valeur Brandy, which all adhere to the Konyagi maxim of "quality at an affordable price".
Tanzania Distilleries Limited (TDL) was first incorporated on the 10th April 1970, as a project of the National Development Corporation (NDC), in partnership with the Tanganyika Development Finance Company Limited (TDFL); 2 foreign companies with experience in distilling, Duncan Gilbeys and Matheson (DGM) and International Distillers and Vintners (IDV); and a private entrepreneur, Mr. Chande. The Government effectively controlled the business with 62.5% of the shares. Its initial objective was to eliminate the consumption of potentially dangerous unhygienic illicit spirits, such as "Gongo" (home brew), by providing safe and hygienic alternatives to consumers. In 1972 the factory was commissioned with an initial installed capacity of 50,000 cases per annum.
For the next three years raw "gongo" was collected from local brewers in Dar-es-Salaam, and redistilled to produce a cleaner and far healthier drink for the Tanzanian, which was called Konyagi.
During the late 1970's and early 1980's, Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL), acquired control of TDL by purchasing all the NDC's shares. When TBL was sold to South African Breweries International (SABI) as part of the Tanzanian Government's privatization programme in 1995, TDL was also effectively privatized, and TDFL, DGM and IDV shortly thereafter also sold their shares in TDL to TBL, which became the sole shareholder in 1998.
In 1999, TBL sold 25% of its shares in TDL to Distillers' Corporation of South Africa. This relationship has led to numerous benefits for TDL. Among these are a significantly strengthened product portfolio incorporating a wide range of imported, value for money wines and spirits.
Distillers Corporation, now known as Distell following the merger with Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery in 2000, exercised its option to acquire an additional 10% shares in TDL in 2001, bringing its overall shareholding to 35%.
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