With more people opting to lead a healthy lifestyle, the soft drinks market is offering more and more choice to the consumer. This month's meet the producer introduces ethical drinks makers Lemonaid Beverages - out to 'change the world, one drink at a time', with their premium iced tea range ChariTea and sparkling fruit drinks range Lemonaid.
Their recipe for success? On top of sourcing only Fairtrade and organic ingredients for their award-winning beverages they donate an additional 5p from every bottle to charity. To date, the Lemonaid and ChariTea Foundation has received more than £1.5m from the 5p promise. The money supports social projects from solar energy to education in the countries where the ingredients are grown by a small group of Fairtrade certified co-operatives.
It's an achievement for such a young company that only launched in the UK in April 2015. Today, Lemonaid & ChariTea is trading in over 500 restaurants, bars and cafes across the country.
Besides a strong ethical mission, all drinks contain only natural ingredients. Totally free from preservatives, artificial sweeteners and flavourings, Lemonaid's lightly sparkling soft drinks are made from the very best fresh juices, using up to 50% less sugar than regular soft drinks and come in three varieties: Lime, Passion Fruit and Blood Orange.
ChariTea's clean-tasting, uplifting organic iced teas are made from freshly brewed loose leaf tea, which is refined with pure fruit juices and lightly sweetened with agave syrup or honey, containing no refined sugars and as little as 15kcl per 100ml. Choose from ChariTea red (rooibos tea with passion fruit), ChariTea green (green tea with ginger and honey), ChariTea black (black tea with lemon) and ChariTea mate (sparkling yerba mate iced tea)
Following the trend of using premium mixers with high-end spirits, Lemonaid and ChariTea can be found on the cocktail menus of barkeepers looking for natural ingredients. Twists of cocktail classics as well as collaborations with Elephant Gin and Sipsmith Gin can be found in this collection of cocktail recipes.