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Cross Culture Kombucha
Cross Culture Kombucha
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Company/organization description (<500 characters)
Cross Culture Kombucha is a kombucha brewery and taproom that sells its brand wholesale and retail. The brand was established in 2017, with just two downtown Danbury cafes serving the bubbly, smooth and tangy kombucha. Now, the brand is being requested throughout the entire state and can be found in bottles on shelves and behind the bars and on tap at over 130 locations. Cross Culture Kombucha was founded with the mission of providing a perfectly social alternative to alcohol, as we believe that living an alcohol-free lifestyle shouldn't mean you cannot have a great drink in your hand. CCK participates in Westport Farmers Market and Fairfield Farmers Market.
Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished in 2019 (<500 characters) e.g., patents received, growth rate, and successful MVP, trial, or exit, etc…
In 2019, sales grew by over 105% (more than doubling) from 2018. The CCK team tripled in size. The reach of the brand has grown, with accounts from Yale University in New Haven to DeCicco's grocery stores in Westchester County, NY.
What type of entrepreneur are you? Scaling Company: regional, national, or global business focus and greater than $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019; Scalable Venture: regional, national, or global business focus and less than $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019; Main Street: local business focus;Social Good: social enterprise or nonprofit focus
I would categorize us as moving from a Main Street into Scaleable Venture in 2019. We have bigger plans for the future.
Student entrepreneur: Are you a student and younger than 25 as of December 31, 2019? YES or NO
What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources (spaces, programs, events, schools, etc.) have helped you succeed? (<500 characters)
FoodN'Bev Connect (which we are a pilot brand for this program)
CTSBDC has been a resource since before the brand was launched commercially.
What people are saying about Liz Ceppos...
Cross Culture Kombucha opened the first kombucha tasting room and brewery in CT in Danbury in 2019, in addition to having more than 100 locations around Connecticut that have CCK on tap! Mike Kaltschnee