Start a Beverage Company

The beverage market offers a wide area for every enterprising person to start a business by selling drinks. Want to learn the trick of the trade? Read our basic tips to find out how you could best enter into the business selling sodas, beer, bottled water, distilled spirits, milk, coffee, or fruit beverages.

The beverage market covers carbonated soft drinks, beer, bottled water, distilled spirits, milk, coffee, fruit beverages, tea and wine.

You can enter into the beverage market by building a plant that would produce any of these beverages; going into the business of wholesale or retail distribution of certain kinds of drinks like bottled water, soda, wines or beers; or putting up a bar, shop or retail machine that would sell specialty coffees, shave ice served with tropical fruits and syrups, blended teas, frozen beverage with alcohol, among others.

Business Plan for a Beverage Company

In drafting a plan for this business, the most important factors to define are what product would you be selling and to whom you’d be selling them. This would determine where your location would be and what advantages you should be bringing into the business so that you are better positioned over your competitors. For example, if you plan to sell cold beverages to on-the-go customers -- those who are traveling to and from work, out on a shopping, or just driving through -- your focus should be on serving their orders the fastest way possible.

Miscellaneous Tips for a Beverage Company

In this business, reputation, good service, quality, presentation, accessibility and cleanliness are important. And so locate your business where it could be most visible, and where traffic pattern is thick. Your baristas should be cheerful, skillful, and accommodating while serving fresh beverage in clean and premium containers. Take care of your quality control also; ensure that your flavors are consistent.

As additional tip, maintain inventory at a minimum to keep them always fresh. Keeping their volume at just the enough amounts would also enable you to timely buy supplies when prices are down. You can maximize your kiosk or rented space by selling pastries and other confections together with your hot or cold drinks. If you are wholesaling or retailing beverages, you could increase sales by forming allies with those who cater on weddings, company events, business club functions, church and fund-raising activities, and birthday parties.

Equipment Needs of a Beverage Company

The equipment and space needs for this business would depend on how you plan to sell your product. You could construct a drive-through building, rent kiosks in malls or delivery carts if you plan on a concession service. At the least, you would need cups, straws, cooling or heating machines, dispensers, containers or places for storage and display such as refrigerators, chest and counter freezers.


  • John said on September 27, 2009
    This is the most pathetic, worthless advice out there...Wow...
  • edmund said on July 3, 2010
    would like to start bottled/sachet drinking water in Accra, Ghana in west Africa; pls give me the start up idea
  • annapurna said on September 2, 2010
    like to start a beer production and marketing firm in srikakulam dist, andhrapradesh, india could u please give a suggestion about this
  • Selva said on September 20, 2010
    setting up a beverage factory at South India. Advice me the Business plan
  • Emmanuel said on October 14, 2010
    Like to start my beverage company in nigeria west africa .Mostly to sell non-carbonated drink.chocolate drink and juice.I really need a start up idea
  • Rex said on November 24, 2010
    Rio de Janeiro. The information is super basic at best! Owns a wine company God's WILL LAUNCHING IN 2011!
  • payam said on May 10, 2011
    We are willing to start a filling line factory in Malaysia, th space that we need is limited, what is the minimum space that we need.
  • Noman said on December 8, 2011
    Adelaide, Australia SA. A new beverage company.. What to do ?? [i have an idea, how to finalize the ingredients?]
  • Mosa said on April 22, 2012
    Hi i live in south africa johanesburg and i would like some advice on how to start a soft drink manufacturing company and how can i draft a proper business plan please help me.
  • denis said on November 24, 2012
    can i be able 2 start a beverage company on a small scale with 3500 dollars? Uganda Kampala. thank you for your time. kind regards denis
  • Meisie said on January 5, 2013
    I am based in rural Kachia town in Kaduna State of Nigeria. We are the largest producers of ginger, the number 1 non-oil raw material exported in Nigeria. We would like to add value to our product by starting a small-scale non-alcoholic ginger drink filling pant, both canned and in plastic bottles. Should there be manufacturers of such plants in South Africa, I would like to be connected to them for further inquiries/information please as soon as possible. We are also looking for a joint venture with an interested company. Already we have 2 hectares of land available for the proposed project.
  • Yadu Raj Sapkota said on February 6, 2013
    hi, i am based in nepal. i want to start up the business of heineken beer, producing beer in dutch collaboration. i want to start the system of tap beer as well as all the the other products. can you advice me please about the cost for the plant and other operational expensive.
  • Hon jimmy said on February 13, 2013
    I will like to setup beer,soft drinks company in my locality south west Nigeria I need fairly used equipment
  • mahendra said on February 21, 2013
    i am living in Dehradoon, and i want to start mineral water sale in india. So, kindly give some ideas for registration of firm & product.
  • Sol said on March 21, 2013
    I would like to start a beverage and bottle water company in Ethiopia, east Africa. Please advice me the business plan.
  • habibu salisu said on October 20, 2013
    i want to start tamarind soft drink in Ghana west Africa please could you advice me with the business plan?
  • Negohe Stephen said on December 15, 2013
    would like to start a beverage and bottle water company in Butaleja Town Council, Butaleja District, eastern region of uganda in east Africa. Please advice me the business plan and the nearest distributor of plastic packing bottles.
  • yaharo said on December 15, 2013
    I am in kwoi kaduna state of nigeria, would like to start the production of ginger drink and broilers feeds. Equipment and advice pls.
  • chirag said on October 17, 2014
    i am to open an manufacturing company of soft drinks. i want to know the minimum amount used for it in india delhi.
  • BEN said on May 22, 2015
    I would like to start a beverage and bottle water company in Africa. Please advice me the business plan
  • Vijay B said on June 18, 2015
    I would like to offer interested start ups plant and machinery to produce PET bottles and complete RO plant with filling lines. If interested my write to me on my mail id sourcingandtradingest at gmail dot com
  • V.Shankker kumar beginner adviser said on October 30, 2015
    @BEN.Mr. Ben,We are turnkey project vendors from India who could provide end to end solutions for food and beverage industries. For any queries, please contact us at +917708067739,Regards,V.Shankker kumar.NJTT LEGION.Coimbatore, TN, India || Consultant


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