From their financial background, the pair developed their drinks brand after identifying a gap in the market for adult soft drinks. They saw an opportunity for their product not only as a replacement for alcoholic drinks, but also as an alternative to tea and coffee during the day.
Commenting on their start, Robinson said: “We were a bit naïve at the time, thinking ‘how hard could it be to make our own drink?’, but we had the passion and we saw a real opportunity there – and hopefully our journey has proven there was a big opportunity.”
Kessler added: “One of the biggest hurdles – and still is – is working capital. We work with great manufacturers and great partners, but minimum order quantities are really high.
Faith in the product
“When you launch a new idea or new concept you have to commit to a lot of stock and if it doesn’t work out – which, thankfully, didn’t happen to us – it’s a big commitment [in the hope] it will work. If that leap of faith doesn’t work, you can be left with a warehouse full of product hoping somebody buys it.”
For entrepreneurs hoping to follow in Nix & Kix’s footsteps, Robinson and Kessler warned there would be hurdles along the way, but advised not to try and face them alone.
“There are so many ways to grow and sometimes you have to make a mistake to be able to learn and move forwards,” said Robinson.
“It’s definitely not an easy journey. You have to expect a lot of hurdles along the way. But if you are stuck there are other people in the industry who have had similar challenges to yours before and they can help. They know how hard it is, so don’t be afraid to reach out to people.”