Kombucha, a young company developing healthy beverages made with tea, has recently established its headquarters in Bordeaux and is planning to set up its production unit here in 2017.
A trendy organic drink
Kombucha has already been widely consumed in North America for several years, by a section of the population concerned about their diet and well-being. The drink is also beginning to integrate new healthy, organic local and responsible eating behaviors in Europe and France.
But what is Kombucha?
Kombucha, literally “tea algae” is a drink made from fermented and flavored tea.
This mildly sweet, refreshing and detoxifying drink rich in vitamins and probiotics, originally comes from the Far East and has been dubbed Elixir of Long Life in Imperial China. It has been consumed for 2,200 years in China and Japan.
SO KOMBUCHA is a range of refreshing, organic and handmade beverages available in 3 flavors: Ginger, Mint Lime and Cherry Hibiscus.
French-Canadian Nawal and Franco-American François, whose respective families in Montreal and New York consume the beverage regularly, fell in love with the remarkable drink and initiated this project.
The Bordeaux adventure
Production of the SO KOMBUCHA range of drinks is currently carried out on the Agen Agropole site while waiting to be moved to Bordeaux in 2017. Marketing of the beverages started early this year and has been very well received, with 25 sales outlets in Bordeaux and Paris to date, mainly in organic shops, bars and restaurants.
2,500 bottles have been produced per month since January 2016, with the aim to produce 18,000 bottles per month within 3 years, generating 5 new jobs.
Invest In Bordeaux has supported Kombucha, putting it in touch with manufacturers and business leaders for the start of the project. A search for production premises in Bordeaux is currently underway with a view to setting up here in a few months.
(Source : Invest in Bordeaux)