Born in Bend, Oregon; Riff Energy+ is the nation’s first certified carbon-neutral, plant based energy drink. Available in three flavors made with real fruit juices, Riff Energy+ creates an equally healthy and tasty energy drink using cascara, the needlessly discarded nutrient-rich fruit that surrounds the coffee bean on the plant. We are an early player in an untapped emerging market within the energy drink space, serving the growing population of millions of consumers that seek plant-based, sustainable and accessible energy drink options. Powered by the easy scalability of our distribution model and the sustainability of our product, Riff Energy+ is poised to be a profit-generating leader in the next wave of healthy energy drink products.
We built a distribution network that sets the foundation for Riff to scale. In our home market of Oregon, most of our distribution is handled via Direct-Store-Delivery (DSD) partner, Point Blank. In addition, Riff is also distributed to key accounts in Oregon as well as throughout the west coast via UNFI and KeHE, the nation’s two largest natural foods distributors.
In our first 2 years we achieved distribution to 9 Western states (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA & WY), including leading retailers like Safeway, Albertsons, Market of Choice, New Seasons, New Leaf, Fred Meyer (Kroger), Haggens, Rosauers, Family Foods, Lunardi’s, Draegers, Oliver’s Markets, Berkeley Bowl. We’ve engaged with leading retail growth partners on sales, retail execution and restocking (merchandising) and data reporting to effectively scale without the overhead of a sales team.
To support our proprietary approach to cold brewing, Riff built its own state-of-the-art production facility with equipment designed and fabricated by the nation’s leading brewing equipment manufacturer.
Riff was named one of 5 Finalists at 2018 BevNet Live’s New Beverage Showdown, the industry’s “Super Bowl” of new beverage companies. We grew Riff into a successful company off of our award winning cold brew products, and we have the experience and the track record to do the same with Riff Energy+.
With 25 billion pounds of dried whole bean coffee produced around the world each year, it’s estimated that 100 billion pounds of nutritionally-rich cascara is also produced as a byproduct, with 70% being thrown to waste, wreaking havoc on the environment and exacerbating challenges for struggling coffee farmers. Cascara waste emits methane gas as it decomposes equivalent, globally, to 31 billion pounds of CO2 (the same level of emissions as 3 million automobiles in a single year.
Generating demand for nutritionally-rich cascara by upcycling it into food and beverage products saves it from going to waste and wreaking havoc on the environment, creates additional revenue streams and employment for struggling farming communities with little to no additional investment, and delivers cascara’s exotic fruit flavors, naturally occurring caffeine, and nutritional benefits to consumers.
In addition to Riff’s Founding and Executive teams, we rely on a diverse team of 15 expert advisors that provide us with unmatched expertise, networking and ongoing guidance. Advisory Board members include:
We’re proud to have some of the most respected Founders, Presidents and CEO’s of companies like Anheuser-Busch, Hydro Flask, Pacific Foods, Moonstruck Chocolates, Jamba, Big Lots, Smarsh, G5, Sightbox, Rogue Ventures and Vegas Tech Fund become part of our tribe of angels.
Riff is an established company with a track record of successful products and paying customers who have developed a groundbreaking new beverage product, Riff Energy+ which targets an unrealized market of those who seek energy and focus-boosting drinks that are healthy and fresh. Our new product will also convert local coffee drinkers expanding beyond those who may like caffeine but don’t like coffee or high sugar energy drinks.