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Byron Bay delicate drinks startup StrangeLove sells to brewing big Asahi

Byron Bay delicate drinks startup StrangeLove sells to brewing big Asahi


The 9 yr journey of two Byron Bay mates to construct the premium delicate drink and mixer model StrangeLove is over, with the Australian arm of Japanese brewing big Asahi buying the model for an undisclosed determine.

Founders James Bruce and Stafford Fox are childhood pals and launched their enterprise in 2013, constructing out a spread of premium glowing waters, in addition to quirkily named mixers reminiscent of Tonic No. 8, Lo-Cal Yuzu, Double Ginge. The enterprise actually hit its straps in the course of the pandemic, as gross sales quantity sand income doubled within the final two years.

Their first prototype was an natural ginger beer, adopted by blood orange & chilli, and bitter grapefruit. The StrangeLove mixer vary launched in 2016, simply because the native craft spirits sector additionally hit its straps. In 2018, they launched a lo-cal soda vary and there are actually 25 merchandise within the vary, together with mineral water.  StrangeLove grew to become the cult rival to UK premium tonic model Fever Tree within the mixer market, and premium Woolworths shops not too long ago started stocking the model/

James Bruce stated that whereas it “has been an unbelievable 9 years on our personal”, the Asahi deal permits them to take the enterprise to the following stage.

“This deal represents a tremendous alternative to hurry up StrangeLove’s mission to revolutionise the grownup delicate drink market with extra imaginative and high-quality drinks,” he stated.

“With their FMCG-expertise and long-standing buyer relationships in retail, hospitality and past, Asahi Drinks will assist develop StrangeLove in a approach we couldn’t on our personal. They share our absolute dedication to high quality and we’ve been impressed by how they’ve supported their different craft companions to retain their distinctive identification and foster innovation.

The StrangeLove administration staff and Bruce will stay of their roles on the enterprise

“We’re excited and dedicated to its long-term development. This implies the acquisition gained’t have an effect on day-to-day operations and nothing will change for our prospects and shoppers.”

Asahi Drinks CEO Robert Iervasi stated they might see that Australians need extra subtle and lower-sugar delicate drinks and he sees huge potential for the model within the hospitality trade.

“We’re actually excited in regards to the impression that StrangeLove goes to have in eating places, cafes, inns and pubs,” he stated.

“We count on StrangeLove to actually shake things-up within the on-premise premium mixer and grownup delicate drink area, with a high-quality, Australian-made model. This deal may even strengthen our provide to retailers, that are dedicating extra shelf-space to premium non-alcohol drinks.

Australia’s delicate drink market is price round $2.8 billion, with premium mixer gross sales rising 40% previously three years and grownup delicate drink gross sales up 65%, admittedly from a low base, as drinkers search out no alcohol choices.



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