Does the IP will belong to the client?
Yes, after the development ends, the IP of the final product recipe belongs to the client.
What is the price of MyDrink services?
Each project that we work with is unique and different. We do not have a standard pricing structure. Pricing depends on few factors: time we will have to spend for a project and additional expenses that we will face. Due to this fact each project is being evaluated separately.
So how does beverage development process looks like?
Beverage development process covers these 3 stages:
Project Analysis Stage – is the first stage, where we ask our clients to fill Project Brief. It is a main document for us where client describes their requirements for the project. Once we receive this information our NPD team evaluates your project capabilities. After this stage we are capable to quote a project price and make ballpark projections for your product cost. Once we’ll sign Beverage Development Agreement we can start to move forward towards actual recipe development.
Recipe Development Stage – our NPD team starts the R&D process for your new recipe. First step for us is to order required raw materials and initiate raw material testing. Due to the fact we already have huge database of various raw materials in our in-house laboratory in majority cases we have all necessary raw materials. Once our in-house sample development process is done and when we are happy with the end result we are sending samples for the client evaluation. Other option is to visit our in-house laboratory and do the development on the spot with our NPD team. Usually it’s way faster and more effective.
Production management – once client confirms the recipe we are moving forward towards production management part. During this stage we introduce various solutions for our client to fill their beverage product. We guide our clients by making suggestions with whom they should work with for their project. Once we decide where to produce the drink we manage the first production of client products from A to Z. At the end of the project client gets all contacts of raw material suppliers and co-fillers. For other productions he is capable to make the reorders by himself.
Can we participate in the process?
After the contract is signed and necessary raw materials are in our laboratory, we are kindly inviting our customers to participate in the development process in our laboratory. It’s always easier and faster to achieve best results by working together. Moreover, this way you will get more know-how from our NPD team.
Why should we choose you?
We are a premier beverage development company with many years of experience. We specialize only in beverage industry and we specialize only in recipe development, production management and market research. Due to this fact we enable our clients to get highest class consulting services for the development of their beverage project.
Do you help with funding?
Unfortunately, we do not have possibility to help customers with funding. However, we can help to prepare presentation for Investors Pitch in order to attract investors who would be interested with your idea.
Recipe Development Process
Do we have to source raw material by ourself?
You do not need to do that. We have very strict requirements for the quality of the raw materials, due to this fact we are working only with reliable and tested raw material manufacturers. We are looking very seriously to the quality of the products that we develop. Due to this fact we have a standard raw material supplier evaluation process where we determine whether their ingredients are suitable or not.
Will you prepare labeling?
This is very important part of our services. We prepare labeling and nutritional information together with the product specification once the final recipe is confirmed by the customer.
Can I have my unique packaging?
Usually we offer to choose the packaging from options which are in our portfolio. Our filling partners are willing to offer wide range of available packaging options. The unique package requires huge investments: from the designing and producing the mold to the adapting it to existing filling lines. We do not recommend unique packaging for the startup companies.
Can we use recipe with the ingredients from groceries for the massive production?
It is possible to use some of the ingredients that you can find in supermarkets, but the majority of them has to be supplied by the professional producers. They have to provide with the specifications and nutritional information for the label information calculations. Also, buying raw materials from stores in big amounts is not financially efficient.
What is the shelf life of the beverages?
The standard shelf life for beverages is 1 year, although for some products it is possible to sign an agreement with the factory to take the responsibility on yourself for the additional time.
How long does it takes to develop a drink?
It depends on the project, complexity of the recipe and raw material research. However, approximately it can take from 3 to 6 months.
Why do we have to use acid in our recipes?
The acidifier is used to ensure required pH level in the final product and to ensure the microbiological stability of the final product. Also sourness is necessary to create a full good taste.
Is it possible to use vitamins in a natural drink?
Usually vitamins are chemically synthesized ingredients, there are possibilities to outsource a natural vitamin blend, but the source is potato, so you will have a very specific aftertaste in your final product. To sum up, usually vitamins are not natural.
What is the difference between natural and regular caffeine?
Natural caffeine can be received from green coffee beans, it can come from green tea extract, guarana or Yerba Mate extract. Regular caffeine is a chemically synthesized raw material.
Is it possible to have a naturally sweetened product with 0 kcal?
Yes it is possible. This can be done by using Stevia. Unfortunately, this sweetener has a very specific aftertaste and maximum dosage is regulated by EU Food Safety authorities. The final product with the maximum dosage would not be as sweet as regular soft drinks. Maximum dosage of Steviol glycoside is 80 mg per 1 liter of the final product.
Is it possible to have naturally colored drinks?
Yes it is possible to use various colorants with a natural origin. Most common red natural colorant is black carrot juice concentrate, yellow color – carotenes, green colors – chlorophyll, although in some countries it is being considered as a partly natural color. Also, important thing is that natural colors are less stable in beverages than artificial ones.
Is it possible to know how separate ingredients are produced?
Majority of the raw material suppliers are not sharing with this information as this is their know –how technology.
How many kcal my drink will have?
Usually, soft drink is having around 40 – 50 kcal per 100 ml, sugar free drinks with artificial sweeteners would have around 1-3 kcal/100 ml.
Can sweeteners be used instead of sugar?
It is possible to change sugar with such sweeteners as deionized grape juice concentrate or apple juice concentrate. Agave syrup is also a popular low GI sweetener which has a slight aftertaste similar to honey. Stevia as natural low kcal sweetener also can be used instead of sugar, although it but provides a very specific aftertaste.
Is it possible to have HALAL or KOSHER certified raw materials?
Yes, it is possible. Important facts are that if you are creating a unique compound and working with not standard products you will have to certify these new raw materials specially for you, which takes time and extra investments. This might cost even up to 1000 Euros per 1 raw material to get it certified. It is very important to evaluate if this is really necessary and to name it in the Project Brief.
Why compounds have higher MOQs?
This is due to the technical properties of the producer lines. Producers who would be producing small amounts could have big losses and due to this prices are significantly increasing. Especially minimum ordering quantities of the compounds without preservatives are expected to have high prices.
What is the MOQ?
MOQ is a minimum order quantity. MOQ depends on couple of things. Firstly, MOQ depends on type of packaging you are willing to use. Secondly, production facilities have their own MOQ requirements and they might be different from each other.
Please explain me small scale bottling services?
Small scale bottling services is created specifically for entrepreneurs and SMEs who want to test their product by producing a smaller quantity of their product. Main advantages of Pilot Plant are:
Low financial risk;
Low minimum order quantity;
Test your product by getting feedback from retailers, distributors, investors and consumers;
The minimum order quantity is 3000 units of aluminum cans (250 ml) and 1500 units of PET bottles (470 ml).
How long does the production take place?
To manage production it is important to keep in mind several points: season, timelines for raw material delivery, filling capabilities. During high season of the beverage industry you have to book your production at least 2 months in advance. Usually big factories has queues for the fillings. Delivery terms for the raw materials differ from the type of raw material and producer. Usually it takes around 6 weeks. And also it is important to evaluate how many units can be produced by the filler over 1 day.
What is shrink sleeved aluminum can?
This technique is used for the projects with small quantities. Usual minimum ordering quantity for aluminum cans with the design is 150.000 units per one design. For the smaller amounts we suggest having blank cans shrank with the special plastic sleeve with a design on it. It costs additionally but it is a good way to test market and product. There is no big difference between shrank aluminum can and direct printing.