DrinkPreneur Live 2015 which was held in London received a lot of attention from beverage startups. This year we had twelve competitors at startup competition. They all were great and unique in their own way. Although, special jury had to nominate three startup projects for three first places. The third place was taken by LOVO Drinks. Today, I’m speaking with Harriet Moore the Managing Director & Founder of LOVO Drink.
We had a great time! All the speakers were really engaging and said genuinely insightful things, it was brilliant to see other drinks companies across a range of stages, and the host did a fantastic job of keeping the day moving, asking practical questions, which generated useful answers from the speakers.
We’re more than satisfied with third place! We know we have a strong product which fills a genuine gap in the market, but we also know our branding needs work, so we weren’t expecting anything.
T-sticks, Naturelly and Vitness, because they all have clearly identifiable markets and consumption occasions, are doing something novel and different, and meet a genuine consumer need.
They’re both great new companies. I think Tapped won in large part because of their phenomenal branding; their tree trunk design is so clever you can’t help but want to pick the product up and have a look. T-Sticks have a different appeal, solving a problem for consumers in a simple and effective way. T-Sticks already have some great traction in the market, which I think added legitimacy to their concept, winning over any skeptics in the room.
Thanks! Drinkpreneur gave us confidence that we’re on the right track, so we’ll be sticking to our business plan. Fundamentally, we’ll focus on completing our re-brand, continuing to grow sales, and developing two new flavours. Longer term we see LOVO stocked in ‘casual dining’ type restaurant chains and in the supermarkets; LOVO is a great at home convenience drink and we had encouraging feedback from buyers at Drinkpreneur, so fingers crossed and watch this space!