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Scottish Soft Drink Producer Rapscallion Adds To Its Fresh Fruit Line-up And New Investment Is Secured

Putting Passion and Fizz back into 2023

X_03 Passionfruit is the newest addition to leading Scottish soft drink producer Rapscallion’s fresh fruit line-up and new financial investment is secured.

Since Rapscallion Soda was launched 2016 as a pop up, the Glasgow-born brand has built its worldwide fan base and reputation on creating sodas that use fresh, natural ingredients with complex taste combinations to create sustainable, vegan, organic and low-sugar soft drinks.

This subversive range of sodas are made with fresh, seasonal and, importantly, local produce. Recognisable by their no nonsense, design-led pastel cans and includes flavours such as Ginga Ninja, Burnt Lemon, Dry Lime, Rhubarb, Strawberry and Cranachan. Previous X_series flavours include Blueberry, Bramble and Pina Colada.

Founder Gregor Leckie said “I’m excited about this year, we survived the worst of the last two years but with fresh interest from investors coming onboard they’ll be injecting some much needed capital into our new Innovation Facility in the heart of Glasgow.”

“We have just finished canning our latest Passionfruit project, and we’re excited to see the response from our customers, we’ve worked hard to create a bright, light new expression of a tropical fruit that is usually enjoyed alongside a mountain of sugar.

“This new recipe captures the full taste and aroma of these incredible Columbian Passionfruits. We have enjoyed mixing these trials at home with a slice of citrus, but we always encourage experimental additions. If you’re not involved in Dry January this year, we love it with a splash of white rum!” explained Gregor.

Partner in business and life, Sophie Easthope said “Our passionfruit is one of the X series we continue to be really excited about, we like pushing the boundaries and we work closely with our Friends with Benefits members to trial small scale projects that get two thumbs up before we start looking at scale. This gives us the chance to work closely with our community and get to know their tastebuds better.”

The new Passionfruit X_series is available online from Sunday 15th January and incorporates Rapscallion’s commitment to fresh produce whilst pushing the boundaries of what adult soft drinks can be and sourcing new crops outside of Scotland.

The ‘X’ stands for experimental and exclusive. These micro batches give customers the opportunity to influence the final flavour profile and vote on future batches.

Gregor Leckie said “From a business perspective this allows us to trial out new flavours at a micro scale and gain valuable feedback before taking the best recipes to commercial scale. He added “We’re super excited about our new electric vehicle too which is further commitment to being an evolving sustainable brand which continues to grow.”

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About Rapscallion Soda Rapscallion was born in Glasgow in 2016. Founded by Gregor Leckie from Scotland and Sophie Leckie from Australia. They are now a team of five, proudly supplying some of the UK’s leading independent venues with their fruit to can ethos. Rapscallion uses raw ingredients and its flavour is from the fruit – always. They refuse to use ‘natural’ concentrates, emulsions, essences, or artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilisers, blah blah blah the list goes on. They don’t add anything that would need an MSc to understand. They’re no angels, but they do have an angelic approach to soft drink production. Enjoy your drinks fresh from Rapscallion without the need to adulterate flavours and use cheap commercial shortcuts. They are stocked online and can be found on site and on shelves at the likes of Gleneagles Townhouse, Bonnie and Wild Market and the new Johnnie Walker Princess Street. Rapscallion rely heavily on their local network from fruit to can. By prioritising local growers, wholesalers, and a Scottish supply chain this allows them to build resilience around the business and support their partners. They have global ambitions which started with local foundations. Their site in the Gorbals is powered by 100% renewable energy and they’re in the process of investing in an electric vehicle. Rapscallion uses aluminium cans for their infinite recyclability potential and they are light weight to ship which puts less strain on their sustainable logistics distribution network. Order online with free shipping in the UK, find out more on international & trade orders, and Friends with Benefits visit Rapscallion Soda.

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