Client’s Story

Written on August 6, 2018.

Some deep Flavorman history:

Up until the mid-1990s, Jones Soda was a beverage distributor in western Canada for many popular beverages, such as Arizona Iced Tea. When they wanted to develop their own brand of sodas for the emerging alternative beverage market in 1996, they called Flavorman.

In just one month, Flavorman developed all 10 original Jones Sodas flavors, and they were manufactured just one month later. The original flavors were Grape, Cherry, Strawberry Lime, Lemon Lime, Root Beer, Blue Bubblegum, Vanilla Cola, Orange, FuFu Berry, and Cream Soda.

As the relationship grew, Flavorman developed over 15 more soda flavors for Jones, including Green Apple, Pineapple Upside Down, Happy, Crushed Melon, Berry Lemonade, Big Ass Canned Ham Soda (for The David Letterman Show), Billy Pop (for the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade), and diet versions of Lime Cola, Black Cherry, Cream Soda, Root Beer, Pink, Fruit Punch, Lemon Drop, Orange Cream, Peachy Keen, Strawberry & Cream, and MF Grape.

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Written on July 31, 2018.

Back before “Functional Beverages” was even a thing, we were creating functional beverages.

In the early aughts, a small entrepreneurial company name Ardea approached Flavorman to develop a line of soft drinks. The company’s goal was to offer an ever-expanding line of drinks to provide real wellness benefits, to taste good, and to satisfy four consumer expectations:

  1. Revitalize, with healthy nutrients
  2. Pass the diabetic test with flying colors
  3. Appeal to students as a refreshing alternative to sugar-laden sodas
  4. Mix well in colorful cocktails, mocktails, and smoothies

That was quite a challenge, but Flavorman met and surpassed every one of them. Natural fruit flavors were combined with meaningful levels of vitamins and minerals to improve wellness with every sip. The drinks were sold as Nutrisoda, refreshing carbonated nutrient-enhanced sodas with zero sugar, caffeine, sodium, or aspartame.

With our support, that small company grew and positioned itself for an alliance with a leader in the national beverage industry:  Strong sales led to Nutrisoda being acquired by Pepsi, freeing Ardea’s founders to pursue other entrepreneurial ventures, both times choosing Flavorman as their R & D partner. It is a prime example of how we collaborate with our clients over many years.

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!

Written on February 15, 2016.

Dwayne Freeman of Appalachian Moonshine shares the story of his moonshine distillery in Ripley, WV and the wide variety of flavors he created with Flavorman.

Written on February 3, 2016.

Peerless Distilling is a state-of-the-art craft distillery in downtown Louisville with a rich family history of bourbon making. This grain to glass distillery makes flavored moonshines, bourbon, and rye whiskey all under one roof, including barreling product in their own rack house. Discover the history and vision of the Peerless Team, and learn about their experience at Moonshine University and Flavorman.

Written on October 22, 2014.

Ozark Mountain Lemonade

“The beverage industry is a cut-throat industry that we take head-on every day. We never expected to be in this type of business, but now we love it.”

Tina: “This recipe started in our kitchen as a wine spritzer. Our children always wanted to try it because it was pretty and pink. On a trip to the ‘happiest place on earth’, we decided that this was something that is unique to the market and started brainstorming. Ozark Mountain Bottleworks was born.”

Marlena: “The project was to match Tina’s home recipe of lemonade. The original recipe included lemon juice, but since we needed to develop a soda that could be produced commercially, we had to remove the juice portion and replace it with flavor. It is not always easy to recreate the mouth feel and taste that juice incorporates.”

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Written on October 21, 2014.

Crispin Cider

ADVICE TO ENTREPRENEURS FROM THE MAN GOING FOR A THREE-PEAT

“Small companies need big personalities.”

Well, “big,” is a bit of an understatement. More like loud, in volume and presence. The guy who’s going to walk into a room, any room, and turn it upside down. How do we know? We’ve been working with him for 12 years. Joe Heron is bold, bracingly candid, sometimes coarse, and remarkably generous.

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Written on October 13, 2014.
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“Funny thing: the beverage business was never something we thought of getting into…”

Marlena: “Michele, Nina’s Mom had her own recipes that she created in her kitchen and everyone who ever tried them told her that she should produce them so that people everywhere could buy and enjoy them.”

Nina: “My Mom is a breast cancer survivor, and during her rehabilitation we would create our own dessert liqueurs in our kitchen as just something fun that we could do together, mainly to get her mind off of her tough recovery process.”

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