HappyBooch Kombucha | Shailaja Sharma | BTC with Ashwin Bhadri | Ep 37

Breaking The Ceiling With Ashwin Bhadri

12-07-2023 • 47 mins

About Breaking The Ceiling


Breaking the Ceiling with Ashwin Bhadri is an initiative to bring together the brilliant minds in the business to share their idea-focused entrepreneurial journey to foster learning and inspiration.


About the Guest -


Shailaja has spent over a decade at some of the largest newsrooms in the country. In 2017, she decided to pursue my childhood obsession of concocting teas and botanicals, but through Kombucha.


She had been brewing Kombucha at home since 2016 and thought it would make for a good addition to cafe menus in Mumbai, and so she started supplying HappyBooch by the litre to local cafés in Mumbai before she was approached by a farmers market organiser to put up a weekend Kombucha stall.


She went with a few dozen bottles and they sold out immediately giving her my first set of loyal customers. In early 2018, she  pitched HappyBooch to retailer Nature’s Basket and they were happy to stock them on store shelves, making her a fulltime Kombucha entrepreneur.


HappyBooch makes authentic Kombucha the old-school way relying on slow fermentation - which means an all glass fermented and bottled beverage that’s packed with natural probiotics and the goodness of botanicals, barks, fruits in their natural form.

Running a glass bottled beverage business is a lot of hard work and comes with its own challenges but the demand and the love of their partners and customers keeps them happy and truly motivated.


About the Host


Hi, I am Ashwin Bhadri the CEO of Equinox Labs - India's leading Food, Water & Air Testing Lab. Equinox is an Expert in FSSAI Compliance and Food Safety Management for Corporates and FnB Companies. Equinox Labs is a pioneer in Food Safety Monitoring and FSSAI Compliance. Equinox caters to a wide range of clients, including BPOs'​, MNCs'​, Food Caterers, Bakeries, and many more.


I am a National Level Speaker on FSSAI and I have trained over 50,000 people on FSSAI. I personally advise over 500 companies on their FSSAI Compliance, EHS Policies, and Critical Infrastructure Maintenance. I work with several elite brands to help them develop Food Safety Programs and also work closely with FSSAI for implementing the new food safety orders in the country.

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