Dec 12, 2017

Kick Wins 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Award

RALEIGH, N.C. -  December 12, 2017. Merrilee Kick, Owner and President of Southern Champion and BuzzBallz, won the Enterprising Women of the Year Award, joining the 2018 class of honorees. Kick was selected from a global field of nominees representing hundreds of entrepreneurs from across many industries and countries. She joins a select group...

Oct 16, 2017

Philippines’ Cebu Pacific Welcomes BuzzBallz Aboard In-Flight Menu

Manila, Philippines – September 19, 2017.  Southern Champion, producers of BuzzBallz and five lines of premium spirits, announced a new partnership with Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest volume airline. Starting in October 2017, Cebu Pacific’s in-flight menu will include three signature BuzzBallz pre-mixed cocktails. The chosen flavors, Tequila ‘Rita, Watermelon Smash and Choc Tease, are established fan favorites and sure...

Jul 26, 2017

Southern Champion takes over London at the 2017 IWSC

London, UK – July 26, 2017

Southern Champion, producers of BuzzBallz and five new lines of premium spirits, took on the world’s finest spirits producers in the ring at the International Wine and Spirit Competition – and won. The company will sport six new medals in all, five for excellence in a double-blind tasting competition and one...

May 17, 2017

Meet the Owner of BuzzBallz Poolside at #WBENCCONF

DALLAS, TX  -  May 17, 2017. Merilee Kick, owner and President of Southern-Champion/BuzzBallz was recently featured in the April/May issue of Presidents Report, a publication of WBENC (Women's Business Enterprise National Council). The article focuses on Merrilee’s genius idea to step out into the entrepreneurial world and start the popular ready-to-drink cocktail BuzzBallz. Visit for more information. ...

May 01, 2017

Blueberry Blitz Wins Silver at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention

ORLANDO, FL – April 20, 2017. Southern Champion takes 3 silvers at the 74th Annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention and Exposition (WSWA). Pelican Harbor Rum and BuzzBallz Blueberry Blitz took silvers in this year’s competition. Closet Freak White wine competed for the first time and came out with a silver medal. To read more about this...

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