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STORAGE, SHELF-LIFE & HANDLING


Do Sparkling Botanicals require cold/chilled storage? Are they shelf-stable? What are the storage requirements?

Sparkling Botanicals is best kept cold and has a one year shelf life from the production date. We use a plethora of real, exotic citrus fruits to maintain a low pH to help stabilize the infusions naturally. Sparkling Botanicals are totally safe to consume if left at ambient room temperatures for brief periods of time. Just chill again and enjoy.


How long can Sparkling Botanicals be kept in ambient conditions?

Sparkling Botanicals are best kept cold but can accommodate up to several days in ambient (45°F-80°F) without compromising flavor profile and aroma.


Why does it say “Keep Refrigerated” on the can?

Sparkling Botanicals is craft-brewed using real plants and botanicals and we originally printed “Keep Refrigerated” out of an abundance of caution in our initial production runs while our shelf life testing was underway. We have updated to “Best Kept Cold” for our most recent production runs and you will see that in market soon.


How long is the shelf life?

Sparkling Botanicals have a one-year shelf life from the date of canning.





DISTRIBUTION & REQUIREMENTS


How can I learn about distribution?

Contact sparkling@rishi-tea.com to inquire about opportunities.


Can I buy a pallet if I don’t have a loading dock?

No, a loading dock is required for distribution partners.


What is your lead time for delivery?

Lead varies per market. Please talk to your Sales Representative for more specifics. If you don’t know your Sales Representative, please reach out to sparkling@rishi-tea.com.





CERTIFICATIONS


Does your product use GMO ingredients?

No.


Is it gluten free?

Yes.


Is it Whole30 friendly? Keto? Paleo?

There is no added sugar in Sparkling Botanicals by Rishi. The only sugars are from the brewing of real fruits and herbs. The flavor profiles range from 5-10 calories with 1-4 grams total carbohydrates and 0-2 grams of total sugars. Though we are a food and beverage company and cannot make health claims, the caloric and nutrient information fits easily within each of these dietary methods, as well as the types of fruits, teas and herbs used to brew Sparkling Botanicals. Please refer to your primary healthcare provider with questions or concerns with specifics related to your dietary concerns.


Is it vegan?

Yes.


Are Sparkling Botanicals certified organic?

Although we use nearly 100% organic ingredients in our Sparkling Botanicals, we have not yet applied for USDA certification. This is for a couple of different reasons. Firstly, we source ingredients of such rarefied quality that we must be nimble enough to work with multiple different growers that may work in regions where, although the highest of agricultural practices are observed, it cannot be economically justified for them to go through the certification process.

Secondly, boutique co-packing manufacturing simply did not exist when we began this project. For that reason, we built our own plant and are currently working through the organic certification process. As we expand and scale, we will continue to collaborate with partners committed to the highest manufacturing processes.


Is it certified Kosher? Why not?

Sparkling Botanicals is not certified Kosher due to similar conditions outlined in our organic certification. Firstly, we source ingredients of such rarefied quality that we must be nimble enough to work with multiple different growers where various products will be combined. Secondly, boutique co-packing manufacturing simply did not exist when we began this project. For that reason, we built our own plant and collaborate with partners, which limits the ability to certify every lot of product.





INGREDIENTS & PRODUCT QUESTIONS


How much caffeine is in your products?

Dandelion Ginger provides light caffeine with less than 20mg, while Black Lemon packs a punch similar to a half cup of coffee with around 60mg of caffeine. Our other current profiles are naturally caffeine free.


Why is there sugar? Is there added sugar?

We use real fruits, herbs and spices in our Sparkling Botanicals therefore there will be trace sugars and calories. There is no added sugar.


How many antioxidants are in it?

Sparkling Botanicals uses real fruits and herbs in our brews, therefore one can expect varying levels of antioxidants. As a food and beverage company, we cannot make health claims, but we can speak broadly to the presence of antioxidants in the high-quality, organic plants we source.


What are the health benefits?

As a food and beverage company, we cannot make health claims, but we can speak to the traditionally recognized knowledge of benefits, as well as what recent research has given us regarding beneficial components in the high-quality, organic plants we source.

 

Is it alcoholic? Secretly alcoholic like kombucha?

Sparkling Botanicals is completely alcohol free. The method of brewing used in Sparkling Botanicals is very different from the brewing of kombucha and does not involve fermentation to produce the final product.


How is it different from kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented tea that employs a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) to create fizzy fermentation. Kombucha requires the addition of a sugar source to promote fermentation from the SCOBY. Sparking Botanicals requires a specialized brewing process and does not involve fermentation to produce the final product.


What is fermented green tea?

Kurokoji is a rare Japanese green tea that is fermented using koji, a special culinary fermentation mold that transforms the tannins of Japanese green tea into fantastic aromas evoking plum, raisin and Port wine. The fermentation also darkens the tea leaves to a rich chocolate brown color. Rest assured this is intentional for flavor development and also supports digestive health.





PACKAGING & FORMATTING


Will you be selling the product online?

Spring 2020


How many cans per case?

12


What is the case pack format? What do cases look like?

12 cans per case in a cardboard tray. We use two 6 pack Pak-tech clips for sturdy configuration.


Are the cans recyclable?

We have gone to market with shrink wrap cans. If you remove the plastic shrink wrap label, the cans are recyclable. Within a year of launch we plan to move to preprinted cans which will be fully recyclable.


Are the plastic Pak-tech 6pk recyclable?

Yes





MARKETING


Do you offer subscription services?

Sparkling Botanicals will be available Spring 2020 for online purchase through the website. No subscription service is available now but follow us on our social media for updates on future offerings.


Do you sell the product online?

Sparking Botanicals will be available for purchase Spring 2020.


Who is your press contact?

For media questions, please reach out to sparkling@rishi-tea.com.


What marketing resources do you offer?

Please reach out to sparkling@rishi-tea.com for our press kit.


Do you do store demos?

Please reach out to sparkling@rishi-tea.com for more information on our current offerings.





Other


Is it pasteurized?

Our hot infusion brewing process, sanitized closed production line and low pH enable us to can this beverage without and additional pasteurization step.


What is it carbonated with?

CO2


Are your cans BPA free?

Yes


Where is the product brewed and bottled?

British Columbia


What are your bestsellers?

We encourage you to experience all of the flavors. Try them both in the can and in a glass. Have fun with the glass type—coupe, wine glass, highball. Everyone has their own favorite and they are equally successful from profile to profile.





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