It was Liz Mclaughlin’s dream to start New Life Force Kombucha. Quite literally, she had a dream of Saint Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland – gaining ‘new life force’ from a sustaining drink. Liz writes:
… he became weary and thirsty and happened upon the town of Derry/Londonderry, in Northern Ireland. He had heard about the clear running streams that filtered down from the River Foyle and drank heavily from the heavenly waters.
He filled his flask full as he continued on his journey with new life force. He noticed his energies increased, he moved quicker and his aches and pains subsided. He travelled south to Westport in County Mayo, where he began to pray and before he knew it he found himself at the top of the mountain we now know as Croagh Patrick.
She’d discovered kombucha on a trip to the States in 2016. She founded her company with the purpose of introducing kombucha to the wider community in Northern Ireland.
While still brewing at home, and keeping her day job, Liz has found one-on-one marketing of her flavors directly to customers in the shops that carry her brand is a great way of getting the word out.
Liz has plans to move into a shared commercial kitchen space and is hopeful that she can secure support from Social Enterprise Northern Ireland to help grow her business.
The four flavors are all created with locally sourced, organic ingredients. She reports that Lemon, Ginger and Turmeric is one of the more popular flavors.
Listen to the podcast to hear more about Liz’s journey and her plans for the future of New Life Force.