Meet the Ohio Entrepreneur Who Started a Revolution in the Tea Industry
Local entrepreneur, Kathryn Dougherty, never imagined she would create a new beverage category by simply experimenting with her soda maker.
Training for a Half Ironman, Kathryn Dougherty and her friends would come together every Friday. However, because of their training, alcohol wasn’t an option. Craving something fun to drink and beautiful to look at, Kathryn started to experiment with her soda machine with different soft drinks, and that’s how Spritz Tea came to life.
With the help of a local non-profit, Women’s Small Business Accelerator (WSBA), Kathryn was able to launch the first 4,000 cases of Spritz Tea and begin to sell at local nail salons, spas, and local grocers. Kathryn and the Spritz team has recently made a great push and is going to be launching into 189 Kroger stores across the state of Ohio in the next couple weeks.
As she began working on bringing Spritz Tea to life, Kathryn wanted to build a company that was inclusive, socially responsible, and gave women a seat at the table. As a woman-founded, women-operated company, Spritz reinvests back into local communities by pledging 1% of all sales to support local female-focused nonprofit organizations and gender equality initiatives.
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