Every week, our team does an internal huddle where we share the most disruptive and exciting startups and emerging technologies from around the world. The only rule is that they can’t solve a current client challenge directly. This way, we retain our superpower of spotting creative adjacencies and disruptive outer-horizon solutions. Below, we share a selection of those startups and technologies with you!
This month we looked at startups targeting the alcohol industry. Check out our list below!
Tastry is a sensory 🧠 sciences company that uses advanced chemistry 🔬, machine learning, and artificial intelligence 🤖 to match consumers to products 🍹 they will love.
The Frugal Bottle, made from 94% recycled ♻️ paperboard with a food-grade pouch, is five times lighter than 🥛 glass, has six times lower carbon 🧬 footprint, and offers 360-degree branding for exceptional shelf standout.
Cheers® 🥂 is a startup dedicated to fun, responsible, and health-conscious alcohol consumption. Their products are designed to keep you healthy 🤸, whether you drink a little, a lot, or not at all. From supporting your liver to boosting 🍃 immunity to helping you feel 🏋🏽♀️ great after drinking.
Three Spirit is a drinks innovation company driven by plants 🌿 and pleasure. By harnessing the potential of active botanicals and 🧬 alchemy, they are able to push boundaries to make alcohol-free mean more and liberate the way we drink, socialize, and 👉👈 connect. They started with three functional 🍸 elixirs - each one offering a unique 🧠 sensory experience - and are now busy creating more mood-shifting drinks.
Cecilia.ai, a new startup from the bright 🧠 minds of GKI Group, is the world’s first interactive 🤵 bartender, customized for every event and business. Powered by conversational 🤖 AI and voice recognition abilities, Cecilia is not your typical bartender. She makes delicious 🍹 cocktails crafted by acclaimed mixologists, chats 👄 with customers, tells jokes, promotes your brand, and provides an unforgettable experience to new and returning visitors.
AMASS is a botanical 🍃 spirits & body care lifestyle 💪🏼 brand, making clean Botanics for modern life. With a go-to-market approach that unlocks direct connection 👉👈 to customers, they are uniquely positioned to reach further than 🍾 traditional spirits brands.
Drink Good Spirits (DGS) is a supplier 📦 of multiple craft brands in the spirits 🍸 category. From advocating sustainable ♻️ farming practices to selecting small, family-owned suppliers to create eco-friendly 🍃 packaging, their line of spirits strives to put the planet 🌎 above profits.
Set The Bar is an app 📱 dedicated to providing alcohol beverage ✋ rules in all 50 states.
Want to learn more about the trends and innovations reshaping the alcohol beverage industry? Check out our event: What's Next Now: Beer, Wine & Spirits. Click here to learn more.
Huddle Up With Us Around Innovation
Every week, we do this to ensure we are ahead of our clients’ needs. Of course, for client work, every startup is deep-vetted and selected to solve for the KPIs that drive impact.
If you have 20 minutes, we would love to discuss how startups can solve your current business challenges in new ways and how VF can be your secret weapon. Book a time with us here.