Pioneer Wines

“Two skunks getting together and deciding to open a perfume factory” was one cruel bon-mot on the bombshell that Pioneer Foods plans to gobble up KWV Holdings. The observation follows Pioneer’s widely publicized run-in with the Competition Commission for fixing the price of bread and the milling of mielies while KWV was founded to control the SA wine industry ninety plus years ago and was chief bad apple in the infamous green-peppers-in-the-Sauvignon-tank scandal of 2004. Although as one source later complained “we only added peppers to the show tank”, an admission which undermines the whole rickety foundation of the local competition circus.