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Community-centered, women-founded, and values-driven since our founding in 2008

Our purpose at Buchi is to craft high-quality, nutrient-dense drinks, and invest in the regeneration of our planet.

Our Story

The Rebellious Act of Fermentation

Pictured (left to right): Sarah Mullins, Co-Founder & VP for People and Purpose, Zane Adams, Co-Founder & EVP of Strategy & Development, David Gray, CEO, and Jeannine Buscher, Co-Founder & EVP of Innovation

From a small kitchen in Asheville, NC, two mothers with a purpose and passion for fermentation began making kombucha as a healthy alternative for their kids. From gifting jars to friends, families, neighbors and eventually selling through farmers markets—our shelves and countertops were quickly overflowing with kombucha.

We took our small-batch home production to a warehouse on a 180-acre farm in the mountains of Southern Appalachia. Unwaveringly dedicated to our mission, the whole team decided this wouldn’t just be our office, but our home. Brewing together, working together, living together, and taking on every hardship together.

In 2017 Buchi moved to a 30,000 sq ft brewery and began to see a need for more affordable and accessible functional beverages. So we began putting focus on private label kombucha.

In 2020 we completed our transition to FedUp Foods P.B.C — a next generation private-label food manufacturer. Currently, we are the largest private label manufacturing platform focused on fermented functional beverages in North America.

“At one point we were sleeping on our loading dock, but in our guts, we knew that we were onto something that could really shift a lot of lives. Now we think in terms of truckloads instead of bottles."

Jeannine Buscher
Co-Founder & Executive Vice President of Innovation
Sarah and Jeannine mixing a batch of Kombucha
The original Buchi farm
An old photo of the Buchi team
Two Buchi employees on scooters, skating through the brewery
Sarah and Jeannine linking arms and smiling, they're very cute
The Buchi van complete with taps!
Jeannine sampling a kombucha in her kitchen
An old photo of a Buchi team dinner
A Buchi team cookout
Sarah in front of an original Whole Foods Buchi display!
Sarah and Zane laughing it up at a team cookout

Our Values

Our values reflect our desire to create a better business ecosystem with people and planet at the forefront.

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Acting with Intention

Creating resilient systems in the body, the community, and the natural world takes all of us!

This is why we are so proud to be a Benefit Corporation.It means that “doing good” is a core part of our identity, and as a result, our company can act purposefully at all states of decision making — balancing transparency and taking deliberate action to be an agent of positive impact for our planet, our people, and our community (you!)

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Our Global Reforestation Partner
One Tree Planted

Healthy forests give so much back to us: they clean our air and water, support health and biodiversity, stabilize our climate, and more. We donate a percent of our profits from every order to One Tree Planted, because we believe replenishing the world’s forests is one step towards protecting our home planet.

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Responsible Sourcing

We’re passionate and committed to doing the hard work, to evolve and change, while keeping people, our purpose, and our planet at the forefront.

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Sourcing with Intention

We vet and validate each supplier we work with, giving preference to those that meet robust third-party social and environmental criteria. Preference is also given to independent, woman, and minority-owned suppliers, as well as those located within 150 miles of our brewery – when price and quality are equal.

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Regenerative Sugar

We believe that everything is interconnected and are very mindful of our footprint, especially when it comes to sourcing. Our Sugar supplier has the only closed-loop sugarcane process in the world and is carbon neutral.

A warehouse with europallets containing Buchi kombucha and kefir soda bottles and cans, stacked up to the ceiling.

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Motivated to make good on our sustainability mission, we redirected our business to a domestic manufacturer— reducing our carbon footprint by up to 85%.⁠