The movers and shakers of the drinks industry range from chai lattes in a tin to plant-based milkshakes. The revolutionary new concoction, sparkling kefir, is an exciting new concept, using Culture from 2,000 years ago. And the ever-popular craft beer has got to make an appearance on our impressive list of drink companies rocking the market this year.
Along with our partners Starling Bank, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards prides itself on supporting exciting entrepreneurs making waves in the UK. Here are our 15 most exciting drink entrepreneurs to watch in 2020.
Nicola Hart & Sam Clark – Agua De Madre
Nicola Hart and Sam Clark are the founders of Agua De Madre, a natural, sparkling low-alcohol water kefir. Its drinks are made from elemental Tibicos Mother Culture discovered over 2,000 years ago on the pads of the Maxican Opuntia cactus, combined with organic fruit and ginger to create its natural fizz.
Tom Hutchings & Dave Seymour – Brew By Numbers
Tom Hutchings and Dave Seymour are the founders of Brew By Numbers, a microbrewery based in Southwark in London. Having met while rock climbing in China, Tom and Dave have created a range of over 350 different craft beers across an expansive range of styles.
Ellie Webb – Caleno
Ellie Webb is the founder of Caleno, a tropical, non-alcoholic drink inspired by the free spirit of Colombia. After a trip visiting her family’s South American heartland, Ellie spent a year in her kitchen experimenting with botanicals. The drinks are a tropical infusion of juniper, citrus and spice.
Josh White, Ariel Booker & Perry Alexander Fielding – CanO Water
Josh White, Ariel Booker and Perry Alexander Fielding are the founders of CanO Water, the still and sparkling water brand created in response to the damaging impact that plastic bottles have on the environment. CanO Water’s cans come with resealable tops and will be back on shelves within six weeks after being recycled.
Duncan O’Brien & Dan Broughton – Dalston’s Soda Co
Duncan O’Brien and Dan Broughton are the founders of Dalston’s Soda Co, a brand of alcohol-free gin and tonic drinks. Its flavours are created using quality, real ingredients and less sugar than mainstream fizzy drinks.
Joelle Drummond & Sarah McNena – Drop Bear Beer Co
Joelle Drummond and Sarah McNena are the founders of Drop Bear Beer Co, a low-alcohol craft beer brand that vows to ‘push the boundaries’ and ‘do what it wants when it wants’. The pair started out with a big saucepan and a jam thermometer.
Tom Jordan & Jesse Wilson – Jubel
Tom Jordan and Jesse Wilson are the founders of Jubel, a gluten-free, vegan and naturally infused craft beer brand. It is stocked in over 600 stores in four countries with a lower ABV than most craft beers.
Stuart Forsyth & William Rixon – Minor Figures
Stuart Forsyth and Williams Rixon are the founders of Minor Figures, a brand of long-life milk and coffee goods. Along with a range of quirky merch, Minor Figures offers long-life oat milk, chai tea concentrate and cold brew coffees including chai latte, latte, black coffee and mocha.
Rich Goldsmith & Charlie Leet-Cook – MOJU
Rich Goldsmith and Charlie Leet-Cook are the founders of MOJU, a range of cold-pressed juice shots. MOJU’s shots are designed to deliver vitality and energy, with nutrient-dense and natural ingredients.
Kara Rosen – Plenish+
Kara Rosen is the founder of Plenish+, a range of organic, plant-based juices and milks. Plenish+ products are packed full of natural ingredients to offer the best possible health reward.
Paddy Cavanagh-Butler & Charlie Hobhouse – Punchy Drinks
Paddy Cavanagh-Butler and Charlie Hobhouse are the founders of Punchy Drinks, a range of canned, natural fruit punch drinks. It offers ‘Hard Punch’ alcohol and ‘Soft Punch’ alcohol-free options. All its drinks are gluten-free, vegan, plastic-free, low calorie and low sugar.
Ben Arbib – Rebel Kitchen
Ben Arbib is the founder of Rebel Kitchen, a range of healthy alternatives to cow’s milk, milkshakes and coconut water. All its products are organic and plant-based, and are free from refined sugars and additives.
Daniel Khoury & Olivia Ferdi – TRIP
Daniel Khoury and Olivia Ferdi and are the founders of TRIP, a range of CBD-infused light, sparkling drinks. Each canned drink contains 15mg full spectrum CBD and zero sugar. It contains natural ingredients to boost focus, improve digestion and immunity, increase calmness and relieve stress.
Hugh Thomas & Joe Benn – Ugly Drinks
Hugh Thomas and Joe Benn are the founders of Ugly Drinks, a range of sugar-free sparkling drinks. Each of its flavours are made with real fruit to give an authentic taste, and are made without sugar, sweetener or calories.
Pritesh Mody – World of Zing
Pritesh Mody is the founder of World of Zing, a brand of mocktails and cocktails made using the finest spirits, handmade liqueurs and bitters. World of Zing sells bottled cocktails, gift sets, pre-batch cocktails for trade and sauces and salts.
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