The Evolution of Equinox Kombucha
Equinox Kombucha is one of the UK’s leading brands. In this update, reprinted with their express permission, they share the story of their growth over the last 10 years in terms of bottling and canning automation.
From humble beginnings
Back in 2012 when our Founders first started to experiment with kombucha brewing, they were using a friends kitchen and hand filling our first bottles with their brews.
As we started to officially trade in 2013, a single head bottle filler was purchased and our production started its first steps towards larger batches.
In 2014 we managed to buy a four head filling line, speeding things up and allowing us to take on larger customers like Suma and Essential Trading.
Equinox started to produce at pace from 2017 onwards when we landed our first major retail listing in Waitrose.
This meant that we could build our first multi-head bottling line and expand our operations to a new production site down the road from our brewery in Sowerby Bridge.
Our bottling line is still going strong today and is capable of filling up to 3000 bottles an hour! This has stood us in good stead over the years, given the fast expansion of listings into major retailers like Abel & Cole, Milk & More, Asda, Coop and many, many independent health stores.
From bottles to cans
In 2019 we decided to add a range of cans to the Equinox family which allowed us to sell our delicious booch at festivals and into food service where glass bottles were often tricky.
However, it was only in 2023 that our new MD Ian Balmforth decided to invest in our very first canning line, saving money, time and carbon by cutting out all contract filling.
We now can say that we own every aspect of our manufacturing operations from brewing to bottling & canning. This means that we can not only drive efficiencies into our processes but scale as new listings and demand comes in.
So as you can see we have grown up somewhat over the last 10 years of our kombucha manufacturing history.
Whilst its not easy being a small – medium ethical business in these times of economic uncertainty, we are optimistic about our future and the future of kombucha as an essential health drink for well beings everywhere!
Raising a glass of booch to you all in celebration of our journey!
The Equinox Family