The agency was based in June 2020, and about 70% of gross sales got here from ZEYA’s WeChat retailer. The onerous seltzers are additionally offered on Tmall and Little Purple Ebook. On e-commerce, the agency sells 80,000 to 100,000 gross merchandise quantity (GMV) month-to-month.
This 12 months, it anticipates trendy and on-trade channels to take up majority of gross sales, and e-commerce to contribute 7 to 10% of whole gross sales.
Co-founder Eric Hoang instructed FoodNavigator-Asia alcohol e-commerce gross sales has not taken off as a lot in China as elsewhere.
“Over the previous couple of years, China has dealt with COVID-19 fairly nicely, with little disruption to on-trade. So persons are nonetheless going to bars, eating places, whereas in lots of different markets, there’s been a must shift to on-line, that is not so obvious right here.
“In China, most alcohol consumption (about 95%) is offline in bars, eating places, and nightclubs, so we’re shifting to deal with these offline channels, which has additionally impacted our product improvement.”
One in all these product developments is packaging.
In the intervening time, ZEYA’s onerous seltzers are packaged in cans for the e-commerce and trendy commerce comparable to grocery store and comfort shops.
However with the shift to on-trade, ZEYA is within the strategy of rolling out the identical onerous seltzers however in a glass bottle format.
Hoang stated Chinese language customers related glass bottles with extra premium merchandise, and would higher assist hold the merchandise carbonated.
The amount of the glass bottles will probably be diminished to 230mL from 330mL (cans), which the companies hopes will higher attraction to feminine drinkers.
“Females have a tendency to drink lower than males, and search for merchandise which can be decrease in ABV,” Hoang stated. ZEYA’s onerous seltzers are 4.8% ABV.
The corporate can be within the course of signing a contract with a ‘trendy commerce’ grocery store chain. This refers to shops that provide supply companies, in addition to conventional retail.
ZEYA is now in the course of a fundraising spherical, and hopes to boost RMB 7 million (US$1.1 million) by end-February. The spherical is led by an undisclosed international spirit model.
“The funds will go in the direction of advertising to boost consciousness for the model, distribution, in addition to product improvement,” Hoang added.
ZEYA can be trying to increase its product portfolio past onerous seltzer, with Hoang claiming that the strains are blurring between gentle drinks and alcoholic drinks: “Extra innovation is anticipated across the merging of those two product classes, and I believe the subsequent stage is in creating purposeful ready-to-drink merchandise.
“Prior to now, it’s possible you’ll not have thought of including perform or any form of well being advantages to an alcoholic beverage, however now we’re seeing manufacturers add antioxidants, electrolytes, and nutritional vitamins.”
ZEYA is transferring on this course, growing pure power drink merchandise, fermented teas, and drinks with purposeful well being advantages for the intestine, for instance.
“ZEYA will not be an alcohol model, we’re a better-for-you beverage model and providing better-for-you options to present beverage merchandise.”