Daina Trout

In 2018, her kombucha became the fastest-growing refrigerated beverage in the U.S.

Company name:
Health-Ade
Location:
Los AngelesCA 
Founded:
2012
Industry:
Food Revolutionaries
Co-founders:
Vanessa Dew, Justin Trout
Daina Trout. Photo Credit: Courtesy subject

In 2012, Daina Trout was working for a big corporation and feeling like a number. With her boyfriend and best friend, she set out to found a company--and settled on what was already brewing on her kitchen table: kombucha. An avid fermenter who’d studied nutrition, she found a niche almost immediately: high-quality fermented tea infused with herbs, cold-pressed organic juice, and spices. Breaking into the refrigerated-beverage case was no simple task, but in 2018, Health-Ade became the fastest-growing refrigerated beverage brand in the U.S. It’s in 26,000 stores and has 220 employees, mostly in and around Los Angeles, where the company brews the tea in 2.5-gallon glass jugs, all in its own facility. --Christine Lagorio-Chafkin

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