Kevin Warren got the idea to start a company that produced fermented live beverages when he was purchasing another brand’s ginger-based drink at Market of Choice back in 2015.
At the time, Kevin was a long-time kombucha brewer and enthusiast, and he decided to take the $300 investment a friend offered him and build his own beverage business “from the garage up.”
Kevin’s BNF Kombucha & Jun is the impressive result. The Eugene-based company’s product line-up includes kombucha, jun and yerba mate blends.
“Currently, 95% of our ingredients are purchased in Oregon and every bottle contains something grown on a local organic farm,” says Kevin, who prides himself on making products that cater to all kinds of kombucha drinkers. “Our approachable craft beverages feature our signature dryness, sweetness and tartness scale that leads people to the flavor of their preference.”
BNF stands for a Billion New Friends. “Our company name not only alludes to the probiotics in our products,” he says, referring to the billions of beneficial probiotics, enzymes and acids in the beverages. The name also represents the company’s commitment to strengthen the communities for which their products are sold.
Part of that commitment is working with local businesses like Market of Choice. “Our experience working with Market of Choice has been absolutely fantastic,” Kevin says. “The entire team has not only welcomed our products onto their shelves with open arms, but they’ve really helped us to learn a lot,” when it comes to getting their beverages into the hands of customers.
Kevin enjoys BNF’s beverages best served cold on a hot day, but there are many other ways to enjoy their delicious offerings. BNF’s Oregon Blueberry Kombucha, for example, is used to make their unique recipe for BNF’s Blueberry Kombucha Cake with Roasted Blueberries.
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