1. About the brand
XOXO Beverages: Locally invented auto and customized cocktail mixer
XOXO Beverages is a company that offers cocktail service with their self-developed auto mixer.
Peter and other co-founders went to a cocktail course out of personal interest. When they understood the bar industry more they realised a recurring a problem for them: turnover rate is a recurring challenge esp. junior positions. On the other hand, they hear complaints from friends who are hosting events, such as weddings, that existing cocktail services are often very expensive.
Therefore they decided to tackle the problem by filling the fundamental function of a bar’s operation with a machine, at the same time lower the cost for bar tenders and their customers during events.
As engineers themselves, they designed the machine by ultilizing pumping tubes originally for medical purpose to ensure it can achieve precision in when different portions of alcohol, a swirler to ensure it is mixed evenly, freezer and temperature controller.
They also developed an app to connect with the machine, so everyone can customize their drinks directly through the app.
Their cost is considerably lowered by 1/3 compared to cocktail renting services outside. Yet, they still require 2 bar tenders to help with the machine.
WHAT’S GOING ON NOW:
Their business started to get on track post-Covid, when events are back. They are serving big corporate events, weddings and parties.
2. About the founders
Peter Yau & other co-founders
Co-founders, product developer and service provider
Provide quality and cost-effective cocktail services
Ultilising technology to help improve operations of the cocktail industry.
3. Challenges and opportunity
No events during Covid; balance time between product development and hosting events
Lockdowns were not helping the brand that relies their business on events.
The current mixer is still not their best version. They need time to continue developing and improving their products, but due to resources they reserved their time to run events instead. They need to balance the two.
Post-lock down drove more business for the team. Hopefully, they could expand and divide roles better in the future.
4. Brand Development Timeline
XOXO Beverages founded
Won HKUST’s one million dollar entrepreneurship competition
Hosting more events with big brands such as Mariott, Linkedin etc.