Five From Finland
These Finnish drink producers have a variety of flavours on offer.Julia Bushueva
Keep yourself cool and refreshed with some healthy flavours from five Finnish producers of non-alcoholic beverages.
If you’re looking for something refreshing to sip on a hot summer day, Finns have got you covered. Read on to discover what intriguing non-alcoholic beverages some local producers have to offer!
This major player in the Finnish kombucha market offers a modern take on the beverage that has been known and consumed for thousands of years, primarily in Asia. Established by a group of friends, The Good Guys Kombucha has found its way to the shelves of supermarkets across Finland and people’s kitchen corners in EU countries via its online shop.
The product range contains organic kombucha in different mouth-watering flavours, starter kits and equipment for brewing your own beverage at home, loose-leaf tea, and more. Quite enough to replace the unhealthy soda pop with all-natural kombucha.
“The best kind of feedback for us is to hear people say that drinking our kombucha genuinely makes them feel better,” noted co-founder Krister Häll.
Aiming to make authentic Finnish flavours available to everyone, Tampere-based Poikain Parhaat makes premium lemonades, iced tea, artisan meads, seasonal beverages and a variety of other products using the best ingredients from Finnish nature.
Run by two young entrepreneurs, the company was born in 2016 out of an idea to make the perfect glögi (Finnish mulled wine) for their local Christmas market. The aromatic drink was a big success, and Poikain Parhaat continued its journey towards more products and flavours.
“We will continue to aim for growth”, said founder and CEO Nikolas Jokisalo. “We are developing new products and new ways to produce them […]. We are also constantly looking for new and unique Finnish natural raw ingredients.”
Back in 2010, when Noora and Petteri Fagerström opened their first Jungle Juice Bar, Finnish consumers were not that familiar with the concept of a fast-food outlet serving healthy juices and smoothies made with fresh ingredients and without any additives or added sugar.
“At the start, we were warned that no one drinks this kind of stuff,” Noora Fagerstöm recounted in 2016. “It took time and effort to build our brand, but now people recognise us very well. Awareness of healthy foods has increased and people are much more interested in them.”
After over a decade in business and with some significant investment, the Jungle Juice Bar chain now has over 50 convenient locations across Finland and Sweden attracting an ever-growing number of customers looking for an instant fresh kick with these delicious vitamin-packed drinks.
Fancy a glass of sparkling wine? This Joensuu-based family company that has been farming and cultivating berries for over 40 years has a non-alcoholic alternative to your usual bottle of bubbles.
KontioMehu produces over 100 000 litres of non-alcoholic sparkling wines a year that come in five fascinating flavours: blackcurrant leaves, bilberry, cranberry, lingonberry and rhubarb. The company’s product range also includes unsweetened and sweetened juice drinks, produced by cold pressing and rich in vitamins.
Lehtikuohu, a sparkling beverage made from hand-picked blackcurrant leaves, has become KontioMehu’s key revenue generator. It is popular with both individual and corporate clients, including large event venues.
“Many enterprises are stepping away from alcohol, which has increased the popularity [of our product],” CEO Pasi Kiiskinen noted. “Lehtikuohu, being similar in colour to sparkling wine, is considered an excellent alternative to, for example, alcoholic welcome drinks.”
Harvested in Finland over a very short period in early spring and manufactured using pioneering methods and technologies, Nordic Koivu’s birch sap is now being drunk in many countries. A glass of high-quality organic birch water is a perfect way to quench the thirst and get a vitality boost.
With natural products becoming increasingly popular around the world, Nordic Koivu is not only producing birch sap for consumers, but also constantly carrying out research on utilising birch sap as raw material for the cosmetics and food and beverage industries.
Having a great nutritional profile, birch sap has for centuries been known and praised for its potential health benefits. That, however, should not be taken too literally.
“We’re not even trying to claim it’s a medicine of any kind,” emphasised executive vice president Susanna Luostarinen. “It’s a healthy natural product.”