Kombucha: An Industry on the Rise

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On January 28, 2018, Shannon Kamins, Founder and Master Fermenter of Booch, presented at the Guelph Organic Conference. Here’s an informative synopsis of her talk on a variety of kombucha-related topics, including the growing kombucha industry.Kombucha is on the rise and London Ontario’s Booch Organic Kombucha is excited to be a part of this growing industry alongside their many friends in the business, both in the United States and in Canada.Some big brands south of the border include: California’s GT’s Living Foods (founded in the 1990s), Oregon’s Brew Dr. Kombucha, and California’s KeVita (owned by Pepsi). Some local brands in and around Ontario include: Tonica Kombucha (Toronto, ON), VAMS Culture (Toronto, ON), RISE Kombucha (Montreal, QC), Live Kombucha (Guelph, ON), and goodvibes juice co. (Waterloo, ON).As a health-promoting beverage, kombucha is proving to be unmatched in its…
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From The Homestead to The Marketplace

From The Homestead to The Marketplace

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Shannon Kamins, founder of Booch Organic Kombucha, began making her own kombucha at home in 2012. In 2015, she decided to bring her talent to the marketplace where she began producing her fermented beverage on a larger scale and introduced it to fellow Londoners and Ontarians.With a large, professional network of those involved in the areas of local, organic food and health promotion offering support, Shannon initially financed her business from her own pockets, and hasn’t looked back since.Shannon and her team of fermenters at Booch Organic Kombucha handcraft a variety of kombucha flavours that fill about 7,000 of their classic stubby bottles per week. That number continues to rise as the demand keeps growing for their Booch On Tap program, seasonal craft flavours, and Kombucha Vinegar.In their new 9,000…
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Boosting The Local & Not-So-Local Economy

Boosting The Local & Not-So-Local Economy

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Creating jobs is key for Shannon.“We have been able to create local jobs and support local farmers,” says Shannon, in an interview with Canadian Julia, “I would have never thought that through making kombucha for myself that it would have turned into this.”Booch is heavily invested in giving back to London and the communities of Southwestern Ontario.There are many great organic growers in Ontario, however, many barriers still exist to transition a conventional farm into a certified organic farm. Sourcing as local as possible and constantly networking with local Ontario farmers, Booch, and many other small businesses, are increasing demand for local farmers to change their practices and grow organic.When Booch cannot obtain organic ingredients for their weekly seasonal brews, they use wildcrafted ingredients from local permaculture and forest gardeners.…
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