Written on May 11, 2018.


Welcome to the new school – Beverage Boot Camp will teach you how to start a drink company and change what the world is drinking!

A few years ago, Flavorman hosted a class called Beverage Bootcamp. The goal of the class was to get aspiring beverage entrepreneurs educated on the basics of the beverage industry and help them get up and running as quickly as possible. While the content was strong and our students learned a lot, it wasn’t the perfect tool yet. Our client base is international, and travelling was a bit too much for students other than the most invested (or local) to bite off.

Fast forward to January, 2018. We decide to pull the Beverage Bootcamp curriculum out of mothballs and convert it into a free online course. We’re starting with the basics – How do you turn your idea into an actual product? Can I do this all by myself? What laws do I need to be aware of? After a few episodes of introductory material, we’ll start getting more detailed with episodes on making specific types of drinks, labeling and clean labels, different packaging options, etc. We’ll be responsive too; if you have questions that need answering, please ask in the comments of the video. We’ll answer, and if we get enough demand on a certain topic, we will make an entire episode on it.

The goal is to give you the tools to understand how to start doing this work. We will also provide tips and tricks to picking the best partners and vendors to help you get the ball rolling. Flavorman takes you from start through finish on your product idea and we want to help you realize your dream beverage.

We’re very excited about this opportunity to help educate the world on all things beverages, and we know you will learn something along the way. Watch Episode 1 above to get started, and be sure to subscribe to watch the latest episodes!


Written on May 8, 2018.

As beverage developers for the last 30 years, we’ve seen dozens of ingredient trends come and go. This one is going to last. Cannabis has already started to spin off hundreds of secondary products in legal states, and the geographic sweep of that change is only going to grow. Here are four reasons why:

Of all the functional ingredients we’ve worked with over the years, not one has the proven effectiveness, familiarity, and (lets face it) enthusiastic fan base of CBD oil. As the negative social stigmas associated with the plant itself begin to dissolve, the fastest growing group of users are upper middle class suburbanites, who are replacing a glass of wine with edibles. No functional ingredient has the time-tested pedigree of cannabis.  Except caffeine…

However, CBD oil has the edge on caffeine in the beverage space, as caffeine is extremely bitter, and CBD tastes neutral at worst with most tasters describing it as slightly nutty, grassy, or herbal. In crafting a product, you don’t have to spend time, energy, or money finding the right components to mask the flavor of your key ingredient – you can complement it with chocolate or amplify it with mint. If you’re looking to make a natural functional beverage, CBD is a perfect role player.

While Flavorman deals primarily with beverages, a large part of the appeal of CBD is how many forms it can take. It works beautifully as a powder, an oil, a gel, in aqueous solution, and in alcoholic solution. That last one will need to be avoided for a while, though, for legal reasons. One of the big reasons for the explosion of users in legal states is most people don’t want to smoke it, and this is the moment that technology and the law are conspiring to make this ancient plant more available without smoke than ever before.

We’ve been crafting category-dominating functional beverages for nearly thirty years. We started working with CBD as soon as it was legally feasible. We’re able to provide rapid custom prototypes, thorough nutrition fact panel guidance, scaled formulations, shelf life testing, and – most importantly – incredibly delicious experiences for your customers. If you’re thinking of staking your claim in the market before the looming green rush, we’re your ideal development partner. Call Scott today at (502)301-8121 or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to get started today.

Written on November 20, 2017.

What’s the difference between seltzer, club soda, sparkling mineral water, and tonic? These terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are actually slightly different. Watch this video to learn what’s inside these fizzy drinks!

Written on September 7, 2017.

Flashback to 2013! Bill & Josh from Moonshiners visit Flavorman and Moonshine University in Louisville Kentucky. Moonshine U is a distilling education school and Bill & Josh see some fancy bells and whistles of making liquor legit. Flavorman is a beverage development company that makes every different type of drink possible, and they try a few interesting flavored moonshines from the lab.

Written on September 7, 2017.

Distilled spirits made with botanicals are coming back in style! Watch the SipSci breakdown of some of the most popular botanical spirits: Gins, Absinthes, & Amari.

Written on September 7, 2017.

Cold brew is the hottest new coffee trend! Learn the basics of cold brew and what makes it different from hot coffee.

Written on September 7, 2017.

On May 20, 2016, new labeling regulations were put into place by the FDA. This includes changing and removing text from the previous nutrition facts label as well updating information for daily values of nutrients. Watch this short video for a brief explanation of some of the major changes. Visit the FDA website for the full list of changes.

Written on September 7, 2017.

You’ve no doubt drank this delicious beverage, but when was Pink Lemonade invented? What makes the drink pink? How is the beverage made today? Dive into the hazy history of pink lemonade and discover the origin of its color in this short video!

Written on September 7, 2017.

You’ve seen the green sticker all over your favorite drinks and foods… but what does the term “natural” really mean? Some ingredients may surprise you!

Written on September 7, 2017.

Marketing Manager Ashley O’Leary of Stout Brewing Company shares the company’s products and production facility in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Stout Brewing Company was founded in 2012 with the vision to set itself apart from the competition and create something completely different using innovative brewing and packaging solutions. Stout offers three different brands with a variety of flavors. Stout Brewing Company came to Flavorman to develop their flavored beverages. Watch the video and learn their brand story, and how Flavorman helped them get there!


How to Start a Drink Company – Beverage Boot Camp Episode 1
Sodas & Seltzers: The Science of Bubbles
Moonshiners Visit Flavorman And Moonshine University
Botanical Breakdown: Gin, Absinthe, Amaro
What’s a Cold Brew Coffee?
New Nutrition Facts Label Explained
Pink Lemonade: Where Does It Come From?
Defining Natural: What Does It Really Mean?
Behind The Line: The Magic of Mass Production
Beyond the Cane: The Science of Sweeteners
40,000 Flavors
1950's Flavorman
The Development Process
Dumante's Story
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