Wharton Grads Turn to Royersford Brewer to Help Them Transform Spiked Coconut Water Idea Into Reality

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Wharton graduates Chris Allen and Vicente Surraco came up with what they hope is a spiked coconut water billion-dollar idea.

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Osena founders Chris Allen (left) and Vicente Surraco unload cases of the spiked coconut water at a distributor’s dock. Image via Cathy Allen, from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Now what? So they turned to Ethan Buckman of Stickman Brews in Royersford to help them turn it into reality, writes Michael Klein for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

While sharing an apartment in 2019, the pair wanted to create a startup.

They settled on the canned-beverage industry.

They noticed that hard seltzer was growing rapidly, creating a multibillion-dollar-a-year market in under five years by touting its no-sugar, low-calorie, and low-carb aspects.

“We asked, ‘What would be an upgrade to this? What would serve this consumer even better?’” said Allen.

They landed on coconut water, another billion-dollar industry, and began brewing the drink at home, but soon they realized they needed help. So they enlisted Buckman, who tweaked their creation to the point where they had a recipe for production.

The pandemic delayed their original launch date by nearly a year, but last week they started selling Osena. This lightly carbonated drink with 100 calories, no sugar, and 5 percent alcohol is now available in bottle shops and supermarkets throughout the Philadelphia region.

Read more about Osena in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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