iCrowdNewswire - Jun 29, 2016
HAWAII CIDER COMPANY
Hawaii’s first locally grown, locally produced cider company.
More than half of the tropical fruit grown in Hawai’i falls to the ground and never makes it to market. Meanwhile, the US demand for cider has tripled in the last 4 years and 100% of the cider consumed in Hawai’i is imported. Our conclusion: its time Hawai’i had its own cidery to turn the state’s abundance of fruit into more dollars in the pockets of local farmers—and who better to do it than the motivated team of experienced beverage entrepreneurs, who started Hawaiian Ola.
CEO, HAWAII CIDER COMPANY
Hawai’i Cider Co. is opening the state’s first locally sourced and locally produced craft cidery. Our team has a 5-year proven track record of growing our original beverage brand (Hawaiian Ola) 100% year-over-year in the highly competitive energy drink space. Now, we see opportunity in opening a new company in the wine and beer category, which is 10x larger than the energy market. The facility would create new local jobs, cash for local farmers, and reduce Hawai’i’s reliance on shipped in goods.
- First to market. The state’s first craft hard cider company
- Raised $400K for new equipment
- Secured a 10K Sq Ft shop in downtown kailua Kona
- Seasoned beverage industry professionals
- Founding team signed 3-year work commitments
- Multi-gold-medal winning Brew Master
- Partnered with local chef Allen Hess to develop flavors
- Local food & bev brands eager to co-pack at the new facility
WHY I LIKE HAWAII CIDER COMPANY
I’m really excited and impressed by Hawaiian Ola’s Cidery project. The Big Island and Hawaii are ripe for some fresh beverage ideas and companies. Based on their success I am very confident that they’ll knock it out of the park!
THE BUZZ ABOUT HAWAII CIDER COMPANY
[Their] whole idea is to cultivate local farmers that promote Hawaiian agriculture, sustainability and organic farming, to create a better lifestyle and future for the islands. Which means every time you support [them], you’re supporting a healthier practice of farming and agriculture, and a more sustainable Hawai’i.
CRAFT HARD CIDER, BORN ON A TROPICAL ISLAND
Hawaii Cider embodies Hawaii through and through, made to support Hawaii’s environment and economy. Our cider is made with tropical fruits, by and for Hawaii’s local residents and enjoyed by cider fans everywhere.
OUR FIRST BUSINESS: HAWAIIAN OLA
We started Hawaiian Ola back in 2010 and have launched 16 different natural energy drinks made with local ingredients. Since then, we’ve grown Hawaiian Ola into a staple on the grocery store shelves, with 100% year-over-year growth for five years.
Hawaiian Ola sits on the shelves of Whole Foods, Safeway, and 7-Eleven in Hawaii and many other retailers throughout the state and mainland US – these are the 422 partners we can use to get Hawaii Cider on the shelves.
WE’VE DOMINATED THE MARKET. HERE’S WHAT’S NEXT.
The craft beer industry is 10x the size of the energy drink market. So, we’re building a hard cider company of our own: Hawaii’s first locally produced cider, made from organic, tropical fruits grown by Hawaiʻi farmers.
HARD CIDER IS HUGE AND GROWING
Four years ago, only 5 million Americans were drinking hard cider. Today, that number’s above 18 million, with over $1 billion in retail sales in 2015.
COMPARING APPLES TO DRAGONFRUIT
Most of today’s ciders are, well… tame. We aim to make flavorful ciders like nothing you’ve tasted before, using island-grown fruit like pineapple and dragonfruit.
PLUS, AN AWARD-WINNING BREWER
Our brews are as innovative as the ingredients that go into them. Behind it all is the work of brewmaster Sebastian Bach, a brewer with over a decade of experience in the industry, who’s won a total of 36 awards for his work.
World Beer Cup
International Beer Competition
Great American Beer Festival
AND A FACILITY OF OUR OWN
There’s currently no processing location able to meet our large-scale, organic production needs in Hawaii. So, we’re building our own. And once it’s up and running, we’re opening it up and renting it out to other local, like-minded companies.
WE’RE NOT ANGRY ORCHARD. WE’RE HAWAII CIDER.
June 14th, 2016
The Hawaiian proverb, I nā mālama ‘oe i ka ‘āina, na ka ‘āina malama iā ‘oe, says, “If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you.” Today, we see the wisdom of these words more truly than perhaps any other time in history. The planet is in a state of tremendous change and in Hawaii, like so many other places, a time of renewal is on the horizon. The renaissance underway is replacing farms that once harmed the environment, with crops that restore the land; and substituting imported goods with locally made alternatives. What’s driving the change isn’t big corporations or influential politicians; rather, it’s everyday people voting with their dollars at grocery stores, shops, and restaurants for products and companies that share their values.
MEET THE FOUNDERS
His mission: to create a fair place for island farmers to sell their goods and thrive. Previous owner of Envy BioFuels. LEED Certified Builder. Founder of the Hawaiian Ola Beverage Company.
Raised on the island of Molokaʻi, Naehalani works to foster positive growth in the community. As Co-founder and CEO at Hawaiian Ola, she knows what it takes to run a successful beverage brand.
Over a decade of experience with startups as a founder and CTO. Launched and developed a medical infrared lab analysis platform and an early breast cancer detector. Now the oracle of Hawaiian Ola.