Move over, Coors. Golden is now home to a new production facility that could help give the city’s longstanding reputation for producing popular beverages a healthier slant. February was the first …
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Move over, Coors.
Golden is now home to a new production facility that could help give the city’s longstanding reputation for producing popular beverages a healthier slant.
February was the first month of production for BevCreation, the new production and canning space that is now making the products of two local health drink companies.
One of those companies is Beauty Gourmet, a three-year old producer of canned sparkling teas and other beverages that have been enhanced with antioxidants and other nutrients.
Kris Ravenscroft was led to start Beauty Gourmet in the Boston area back in 2017 after she started to use natural remedies to deal with health struggles she experienced beginning in her 20s.
Those health issues resurfaced in her 30s and 40s because she stopped keeping with using those remedies and was “too busy to care of herself,” she said.
“When I came out the other end, I realized that unless (those remedies) were part of my daily life that the likelihood of me continuing to get sick was real,” she said.
Enter the idea of putting those nutrients into foods and beverages, which is the foundation of Beauty Gourmet.
Last year, Kris and her husband, Adrian, relocated to Boulder, where they sought out established beverage producers called copackers to contract with to produce Beauty Gourmet’s products.
But that process contained endless pitfalls as the Ravenscrofts found the producers they worked with couldn’t consistently produce products to their quality specifications. The arrival of COVID-19 presented additional challenges as many producers said they could no longer produce their products, leaving the couple to decide it was time to get their own production facility.
It was while they were looking into options that the pair got connected to the owners of Koios, a Denver-based producer of beverages that contain substances that are claimed to improve cognitive function as well as other nutrient-rich beverages called Fit Sodas.
Seeing that they shared similar, yet distinct, products and markets as well as a desire to grow, the two companies decided to partner on the shared production and canning facility.
Both partners moved into the 8,500-square-foot facility, which is located in the sprawling Corporate Center facility near the intersection of I-70 and C-470 in November. The first production run took place in February.
Beyond giving Beauty Gourmet the ability to manufacture its own beverages opening the new facility makes sense because it allowed the companies to experiment with technological innovation, said Adrian, who is now BevCreation’s CEO. That’s something that is often lacking in the beverage industry, he said, because of the cost of implementing improvements.
“We have the opportunity to really evaluate the technology process from batching ingredients to blending ingredients to carbonating ingredients to pasteurizing your product to the can filling system in order to allow preservation of shelf-life, preservation of carbonation and just a good customer experience,” he said.
The Ravenscrofts previously worked in the production of medical devices and that background is also evident in the cleanliness of the facility, which Adrian said “actually looks like a production company when you walk in the production floor.”
According to a press release from Koios, products produced at the facility are generating $80,000 in sales a month and the partners expect sales to exceed $1 million.
Adrian also said he hopes the ability to pioneer new manufacturing processes and build proprietary machines that the facility provides will allow the facility to start producing other brand’s products.
But those possibilities, combined with anticipated continued growth in the sales of Beauty Gourmet and Koios, have the Ravenscrofts already thinking BevCreation might not last long in the new space.
“The pain point for production is warehousing space,” Adrian said. “And so I really see us within a year from now looking for a larger facility. Part of our early negotiation with Corporate Center owner St. John Properties is this our gateway facility and probably within a year we’ll be seeking 20,000 to 30,000 square feet.”
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