Tired of beverages which are too sweet – or not sweet enough?
British beverage maker Kolibri Drinks and partnered with Beatson Clark to create a solution: a glass bottle which allows the consumer to control how much sugar is in their drink. It works by storing the sugar in the bottle’s cap rather than in the liquid.
“At a time when consumers are incredibly discerning and expect premium experiences in all aspects of branding, standard off-the-shelf bottles wouldn’t work for Kolibri Drinks,” said the company’s founder Kamila Sitwell.
“Beatson Clark worked with us from the very beginning, all the way through consumer and industry testing and the complex incorporation process with the patented cap which enables customisation of sweetness.”
Beatson Clark, which has a glassworks in South Yorkshire in the UK, designed and manufactured the Kolibri Drinks bottle, including the cap design, which has been patented. Besides the flavour function, the bottle was created to be elegant enough to serve at restaurants and sell through premium retailers like delicatessens.
Shaped in the form of a cone and with a 300ml capacity, the bottle is also made from about 30 per cent recycled glass.
“We’re finding more and more companies, particularly small businesses with big ideas, approaching us for unique bottle designs,” said Charlotte Taylor, MD at Beatson Clark. “The drinks business is a multi-billion pound industry, and competition is fierce, so they’re all looking for something to make their product stand out on the shelf.
“This type of bottle is the first of its kind we’ve produced and the finished product looks great. The quality of the glass matches the level of innovative design.”