The Competition Commission has given the conditional go-ahead for SAB, the local subsidiary of AB InBev, the largest beer group in the world, to acquire the SA rights to Smirnoff’s ready-to-drink (RTD) brands from Diageo.

Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits, is behind brands such as Johnnie Walker, J&B, Captain Morgan and Smirnoff. It also owns Guinness stout.

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