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The company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Koios Inc., is an emerging functional beverage company which has a large and growing distribution network of retail locations across the United States in which to sell its products.
Koios has relationships with some of the largest and most reputable distributors in the United States, including Europa Sports, SportLife Distribution, KeHE and Wishing-U-Well. Together these distributors represent more than 80,000 brick-and-mortar locations across the United States — from sports nutrition stores to large natural grocery chains including Whole Foods and Sunflower markets. Through its partnership with Wishing-U-Well, Koios also enjoys a large presence on-line, including being an Amazon choice product.
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What Are Nootropics?
Also called smart drugs or cognitive enhancers – are supplements or other substances that improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity or motivation in healthy individuals.
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Increase blood flow, oxygen levels and neural connection in the brain
Release acetylcholine which increases attention capacity
Provide nutrients for stronger than normal brain function
Provide nerve growth and protection in the brain
Create all day mental clarity and energy
Decrease the need for caffeine
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MCTs improve blood sugar regulation, metabolism, thyroid function, appetite regulation and are used to treat ailments including Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, seizures, and cystic fibrosis.
MCT oil acts as rocket fuel for the brain by enhancing ketone production. Enhanced ketone production increase focus, mental energy, acuity, and creates long-term energy for the brain.
Many nutrition experts believe that before we relied so heavily on processed foods, humans consumed omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in roughly equal amounts. North Americans and Europeans now get far too much of the omega-6s and not enough of the omega-3s. This dietary imbalance may explain the rise of such diseases as: Asthma, Coronary heart disease, Many forms of cancer, Autoimmunity diseases, Neurodegenerative diseases
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Koios Reaches Distribution Agreement With Western Functional Beverages For Sales In Wyoming
Koios Beverage Corp. has entered into a distribution agreement with Western Functional Beverages, a leading distributor of healthy, functional drinks targeting the fitness crowd in the state of Wyoming.
“We expect we’ll be hitting store shelves early next month,” said Gina Burrus, vice-president of sales for Koios. “The Wyoming team is working very hard with us to ensure solid growth.”
Koios is a leading innovator in the nootropic beverage industry, making functional beverages that are augmented with nutrients and/or supplements to convey a health benefit to the consumer.
Western Functional Beverages, a division of Western Distributing Co., distributes healthy drinks to cafes, gyms, yoga studios and other retail locations. It will now add Koios brands to its portfolio of beverages, which include teas, kombucha, coconut water, cold-brew coffee and the popular Jones Soda. It will begin distributing peach mango and pear guava immediately, eventually carrying the entire line of Koios beverages as they become available.
“The owners of Western are a lot like us, in that they have a passion for healthy products that create real benefits for their customers,” said Chris Miller, chief executive officer of Koios. “As a company, but also as people, they walk the walk when it comes to living and encouraging a healthy lifestyle and achieving a high level of fitness. Their focus is on products that are healthy, usually organic and that are environmentally sustainable.
“In that way, our beliefs and our philosophies are very similar. We believe they are the ideal team to work with in helping spread our message and our brand throughout the state of Wyoming,” he added.
Koios to Release New ‘Fit Soda’ Line of Functional Beverages
Koios Beverage Corp. announce it will begin production of a new line of functional beverages under the brand ‘Fit Soda’, beginning in Q1 of 2019.
A functional beverage is a drink augmented with nutrients and/or supplements in order to convey a health benefit to the consumer. Examples of functional beverages include sports and performance drinks, ready to drink (RTD) teas, and nootropic beverages sometimes known as ‘smart drinks’.
Koios is already one of the leading innovators in the nootropic beverage industry, and is now branching out into a line of functional soda drinks.
“This is a beverage line we’ve had in our development pipeline since before we launched the company,” says Koios CEO Chris Miller. “We wanted to produce a beverage that lets our customers enjoy a high end soda drink, but also get some benefit from that drink at the same time.”
Fit Soda will be produced using only organic ingredients and manufacturing methods, without any artificial preservatives, colours or flavours.
“The idea is to create a beverage that gives you all the taste you expect from a quality soda product, but with none of the guilt,” Miller says. “It’s a ‘soda with benefits’.”
The Fit Soda line is the second phase of the Koios product launch that began in early 2018 with the production of the Company’s line of nootropic beverages intended to increase mental focus and acuity. The Fit Soda line is generally focused more on physical well being, featuring blends that offer high levels of nutrients, amino acids, proteins, electrolytes or probiotics.
“Our society is experiencing huge demand for natural, organic foods and beverages, with the market for these products growing by an expected 70 per cent between 2016 and 2021,” Miller says. (Source: Packaged Facts, 2016) “We’re seeing that demand already, as our sales literally doubled over last month.”
To meet that growth, Koios announced in August it had entered into a co-packaging agreement with Golden Global Goods, the parent company of Rocky Mountain Soda. The agreement gives Koios access to Rocky Mountain’s high-volume production line, so the functional beverage maker can now produce a lower minimum amount of product at any given time, while achieving the same cost-effectiveness that could otherwise only be gained through mass production.
Miller says that agreement was reached in part so that Koios can schedule release of its Fit Soda line in January or February of 2019, while still maintaining production of its current lines of nootropic beverages.
Additionally, the Company will also proceed with its new line of THC and CBD infused beverages through its wholly owned subsidiary Cannavated Beverage Corp., as announced on Sept. 4, 2018.
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Koios Adopts Direct Delivery For Cannabis And Cbd-infused Beverages
Koios Beverage Corp. plans to market its line of cannabis and cannabidiol-infused beverages through an innovative distribution model, generally known as direct store delivery (DSD) and direct to customer (D2C) sales.
Cannabis beverages are produced and distributed through the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cannavated Beverage Corp., in partnership with Keef Brands.
Direct store delivery involves selling and shipping directly to retail stores that carry Koios products, with no use of any independent third party — neither an independent wholesaler, nor the retailer’s own warehouses.
“We’re a company that thrives on innovation, and we’re not afraid to do things differently when it makes sense to do so,” said Koios chief executive officer Chris Miller. “Building out distribution partnerships takes a lot of time and a lot of money, and adds additional cost to your products as you pay the middleman.
“By shipping directly to our retail partners and to our customers, we avoid a lot of these costs, and at the same time we better control our sales, our marketing and our business relationships.”
Koios has now purchased the first of what will be a fleet of branded delivery vans that will soon be seen travelling the streets and highways of Colorado.
“Many of the other companies in this space don’t employ their own sales teams and rely instead on third parties,” Mr. Miller explains. “In our experience, this can hurt your brand in the early days as you hand over the important job of building relationships at all levels to someone else.
“Instead, we’ve chosen to own those relationships. Our branded vans and delivery routes create more awareness as we build out our retail and direct to consumer channels, and if you ever spend a day in the field with our route sales staff, you can see the relationships we’ve built at the store level are very strong.”
Mr. Miller said Koios is also seeing growing success with its direct to consumer on-line sales, which doubled this month over last month.
“We’re building relationships with our stores and our customers, and this process also allows us to cut our costs and pass those savings on to the consumer,” Mr. Miller said.
The direct distribution model is particularly important, Mr. Miller explains, as Cannavated begins to distribute its CBD-infused or cannabis beverages. While cannabis is legal in Colorado and several other states, very few distributors are knowledgeable about cannabis and CBD beverages.
The direct to consumer model is growing rapidly, and in 2015 comprised 9.4 per cent of the entire retail market in the United States.
“This is particularly important to us in this very new industry, where we’re still figuring out what consumers really want in a CBD- or cannabis-infused beverage,” said Mr. Miller. “By controlling our own production, our own distribution and our relationship with the consumer, we can constantly improve our products based on the input from our customers and our retailers, while reducing our cost of managing our inventory.”
The first Koios direct delivery van is already rolling on the streets of Denver today, Mr. Miller said, and the company has also introduced an improved direct to customer experience on its on-line portal.
Koios To Release World’s First Cannabis Nootropic Beverage
Koios Beverage Corp. will be launching two additional products in October to augment its existing line of beverages.
The first product slated for release in October is a beverage infused with cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid derived from hemp plants, along with Koios’s proprietary nootropic stack.
CBD is commonly used in medical practice to deal with inflammation, pain, anxiety and epileptic seizures. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, which is also produced in the cannabis plant, CBD is not a psychoactive cannabinoid and does not cause the sensation of getting high which is often associated with marijuana.
Nootropic supplements are used to enhance human productivity without using harmful chemicals or stimulants. Koios products can enhance focus, concentration, mental capacity, memory retention, cognitive function, alertness, brain capacity and create all-day mental clarity.
“We are just scratching the surface of what cannabinoids like CBD can do for human health,” said Chris Miller, chief executive officer. “CBD is the best researched of all the cannabinoids within the cannabis plant, and is well known for its restorative effect on human health, and in dealing with various types of pain.
“With our focus on creating optimal human performance and health through our natural supplements, a CBD-infused beverage was a natural next step,” Mr. Miller added. “With our current nootropic stack we will bring a product to market that aims to produce high levels of natural focus while simultaneously creating calming effects for the end-user. A CBD-infused beverage will be a tremendous value to the market and will allow us to come one step closer to realizing our vision of helping a billion people live healthier lives.”
The second product slated for October will also be released through the Cannavated subsidiary, and will be a collaboration with the company’s partner Keef Brands, a division of CanCore Concepts Inc.
Keef Brands will manufacture, market and sell a line of beverages not only infused with THC, but also containing the nootropic supplements from the Koios line of brain-enhancing functional beverages. The resulting product will be the first in the world to combine cannabis infusion with nootropic supplements that enhance the consumer’s mental acuity.
Keef Brands has the exclusive rights to the Koios blend for Colorado, with the option of expanding the licensing agreement to Canada and the United States, provided it complies with all rules and regulations in the markets where cannabis has been made legal.
The timing of the release of these products was pushed back due to the overwhelmingly positive result the company has had launching its pear guava flavour.
“The product sold out in its first month and forced us to alter our production schedule to meet the demand of our customers and retail partners,” said Mr. Miller. “The timing on these new releases is critical and we want to ensure proper vertical alignment with our distributors as we approach the busy season.”
Koios Partners With Rocky Mountain Soda On New Production Line
Koios Beverage Corp. has entered into a co-packaging agreement with Golden Global Goods, the parent company of Rocky Mountain Soda.
The agreement gives Koios access to Rocky Mountain’s high-volume production line, so the functional beverage maker can now produce a lower minimum amount of product at any given time, while achieving the same cost-effectiveness that could otherwise only be gained through mass production.
“We can now tweak, innovate and create new additional products on demand, without being married to any one beverage or flavour,” said Chris Miller, Koios founder and chief executive officer. “The flexibility of producing in smaller batches allows us to be incredibly competitive by keeping less of our operating capital tied up in aging inventory.
“More of our resources can be focused on innovation and awareness of the brand which will drive sales,” Mr. Miller added. “This new system creates several advantages over traditional models. Our production runs will remain short, which means we can move from one product to another easily. This method will reduce our costs on raw materials, shipping, storage, warehouse fees, production and co-packing.”
Rocky Mountain Soda is known for its high-quality, hand-crafted sodas made in small batches. Koios will purchase two new tanks on behalf of Rocky Mountain Soda, of which it will have priority use for two years under the exclusive agreement. The tanks will be used to mix and create Koios’s beverages, made from a proprietary blend of nootropics.
“With this new relationship and this small investment into the Rocky Mountain Soda system, we can produce product at the same cost charged by large co-packers, but produce much smaller quantities,” said Mr. Miller. “We can keep our margins strong, work in an organic facility and be incredibly nimble. Furthermore, with this model, we can also scale very quickly once we start adding large national retailers.
“We’re not like a large beverage company that just pumps out millions of cans of the same product year after year,” Mr. Miller explains. “We are constantly refining and improving our products, and for that reason we needed a more flexible and cost-effective system of production.”
The production line may also be used in future by Koios’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cannavated, to produce its new line of cannabidiol-infused beverages.