Got Juice? Don’t sleep on the beverages industry. What may seem like apples, oranges and tea bags to us, equals major profits for those who make the juices that quench our thirst. While orange juice is at the top as leading juice flavor, and iced drinks are a favorite, the fastest growing flavors have been mixed combinations of two or three or more fruits. Also on the come up? Superfruits like pomegranate and acai are being added to juices, driven by the continuing health trend. Here, we have a list of a few family-owned or buddy-started beverage companies that made it to the big time. Drink up!
In the beginning, Apple & Eve was a small, family-owned-and-operated company that introduced the first premium all-natural apple juice to supermarkets. Today, after more than 35 years in the business, the Apple & Eve “family” has grown to dozens of employees and more than one hundred different juice products in various packages and sizes. Go to any supermarket and you’ll see Apple & Eve bottles all down the juice aisle.
Based: Port Washington, NY
Worth: Apple & Eve is one of the largest privately held juice companies in the U.S. with total annual sales topping 200 million.