Partner Interview: White Labs

Posted by Kombucha Summit Team on October 25, 2020 · 5 mins read

Hello Kombucha Summit community! Only a few days until we will kick off Virtual Kombucha Summit and we would like to introduce another partner of ours to you. We are very excited to have White Labs from the United States joining us next month. We had a chance to ask them a few questions about their business and their outlook on the Kombucha market in general.

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  • Website: White Labs
  • Location: United States 🇺🇸

What does White Labs do and what is your role in the company?

Joanne: White Labs, Inc. is an international company headquartered in San Diego, California that provides liquid yeast, fermentation products, services, analysis and education to professionals and enthusiasts alike. With locations around the world, White Labs continues to raise the bar in the art of beverage fermentation, while stretching the limits of science to set new standards in purity and freshness. From the industry’s first pitchable liquid yeast, to a complete revolution in the way it’s propagated and packaged, the White Labs innovative spirit is tireless. For more information on White Labs and its various products and services, please visit

White Labs SCOBY
Kara: Over the years, we've expanded our portfolio to include other markets such as kombucha. I oversee our operations on the laboratory portion of the business and also work heavily in new poduct development.

Since when have you been following the Kombucha market and why?

Joanne: Entering the kombucha market was a natural fit for our company due to our expertise and understanding of beverage fermentation. As Kombucha became more popular in the US market, we started to receive inquiries from producers to assist them with both regulatory and QC questions. So we started offering specific Kombucha analysis packages and then started to produce a commercial SCOBY culture.
Kara: When I started at White Labs in 2009, a grocery store chain in the states had to recall much of the kombucha on the shelves due to high alcohol percentages. We immediately became a resource for kombucha makers, helping them troubleshoot their fermentation issues so they could comply with regulations and create better products.

White Labs Lab

What role does your business want to play in the Kombucha market with its products?

Our analytical lab provides an array of analysis for your SCOBY and kombucha. We can provide microbiological analysis, acid percentages, alcohol content, sugars and more. Several years ago, we started offering a lab certified SCOBY culture.

What are your expectations in exhibiting at the Kombucha Summit?

Joanne: As the Kombucha market continues to grow globally, we see more inquiries for our SCOBY culture and analytical services outside the US. By participating in this conference, we will learn more about the needs of the market, and how we can assist Kombucha brewers in producing the highest quality product possible.
Kara: I hope to have a better understanding of what the kombucha culture looks like worldwide. I only see it currently from the perspective in the US.

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Thanks a lot to White Labs for their support and we're looking forward to welcoming them for the Virtual Kombucha Summit in four weeks! Stay tuned for more interviews in the coming days and weeks!

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