First Black Woman and Cancer Survivor To Own A Tequila Brand, Wins Awards, Expands Nationally

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Anteel Tequila is a premium tequila brand created by Michigan husband and wife duo Don and Nayana Ferguson. Anteel Tequila has won multiple awards from some of the top spirits competitions in the world.

Nayana is the first black woman to own or co-own a tequila brand. She’s also received national attention for being a 16-year pancreatic cancer survivor and a 9-year breast cancer survivor.


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Nayana was tapped this year to be a National Advocate for PanCAN (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network) starring in a national commercial as well as virtually speaking in Washington D.C. for Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day. Nayana helps spread awareness about pancreatic cancer while sharing her story to provide hope to those affected by this horrific disease.

Nayana is a graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Cass Tech boasts many well-known alumni such as Diana Ross, Lily Tomlin, Della Reese, Naima Mora, and Big Sean. Nayana also holds an MBA which helped her build a tequila brand from the ground up with no previous experience in the spirits industry.

After 11 months of work, a dream became a reality and on August 27, 2018, Anteel Tequila was launched, only in Michigan. The name, Anteel, is short for Antillean Crested Hummingbird which pays tribute to the hummingbird logo of the brand. This was the species of hummingbird that the couple saw during a trip to the Dominican Republic in 2016, where they got engaged and first discussed the possibility of creating a tequila brand.


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Anteel Tequila boasts three expressions; The world’s only Coconut Lime Blanco Tequila, a Reposado Tequila aged 8 months in Tennessee whiskey barrels, and Anteel Blanco heralded as one of the smoothest Blanco Tequilas on the market. Since 2019, Anteel Tequila has won 27 awards and accolades, including two Consumer Choice Awards and an Innovation Award for the Coconut Lime Blanco.

Anteel Tequila is now distributed in 8 states with plans to launch in 5 additional markets in 2022.

Nayana also co-owns two additional companies with her husband one of them, Curious Inception Business Consulting where they help new and existing businesses with their marketing and brand visibility. Their goal is to help others turn their dreams into a reality, just like they did.