Cecil Vinegar

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Cecil Vinegar won a gold award for their Cape Apple Balsamic Vinegar, and a Double Gold for their Cape Black Balsamic Vinegar at the 2022 awards. This company is well known for excellence, so we just had to find out more.

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We asked the team to tell us about this company:

Please tell us when your company was founded, and some of its history.

Cecil Vinegar Works has been manufacturing naturally fermented vinegar since 1936.

All our vinegars are produced from natural ingredients using the latest submerged fermentation technology. Our range covers a wide spectrum of naturally fermented vinegar products which ranges from retail packs of 200ml, 375ml, 500ml, 750ml and 2 litres, to bulk loads of 1,000L to 30,000L for industrial customers. Additionally, we supply catering and home industry sectors in larger 5L and 25L drums.

Our vinegars are available in all supermarkets across South Africa under the Safari and Retail brands and available in PET and glass packaging formats.

Please tell us about some of the unique features of your company.

With over 8 decades of heritage, knowledge & experience, Cecil Vinegar Works produces a full range of vinegar and vinegar related products and is still one of the few manufacturers of Apple cider vinegar in South Africa.

What do you think are some of the unique products you have?

We supply an extensive range of products, but some of our unique products include:

  • Locally made Balsamic Vinegar, including a special Apple Cider Balsamic Vinegar.
  • Instant Pickling Vinegars available through Woolworths.
  • Balsamic Crema (a creamy balsamic glaze/reduction) available at Woolworths.

Please tell us what is unique about your manufacturing process, and your manufacturing philosophy.

All our vinegars are produced from natural ingredients using the latest submerged fermentation technology. As a rule, we do not produce any imitation vinegar – we believe in bringing consistent high quality natural products to market.

What is the consumer demographic of your products, and what feedback are you getting?

We cater to a broad range of consumers, with our extensive range of products fulfilling the needs across the full spectrum, from the bottom end of the market all the way to the ultra-premium sector. Owing to our stance and processing methodology – our products deliver consistent quality, allowing Cecil Vinegar to be the go-to for retailers and end consumers alike.

In what countries can your product be found?

We distribute branded and private label products to every strategic global markets plus all SADC countries.

You can find our products in New Zealand, UK, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Zambia, and USA.

Please tell us if you have any innovations in the pipeline for the future.

We are extending the Safari brand range into adjacent complementary premium categories within the premium space following our successful launch in 2021 with the range of Balsamic and Organic wine & Apple vinegars.

Contact details:

Contact person: Wynand Louw – GM

Email Address: wynand@naturalvinegar.co.za

Contact Number: +27 (0)21 845 4001

Website: https://www.cecilvinegar.co.za  and https://www.safarivinegar.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/safarivinegar/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/safarivinegar