São Paulo, Brazil & Beverly Hills, CA (June 29, 2023) – ABKom, the Associação Brasileira de Kombucha, is pleased to announce that it has become a partner organization with Kombucha Brewers International, further strengthening the network of kombucha producers and promoting the growth of the industry globally. “This partnership is a positive step towards advancing the interests of the kombucha industry and facilitating collaboration among kombucha producers globally,” said Lucas Montanari, the current ABKom president and founder of Fermenta com Ciencia.

Founded in January 2018 by six producers including former KBI Member, Tao Kombucha, ABKom aims to unite, protect, and represent the interests of its members while promoting the growth and development of the Brazilian kombucha industry. ABKom provides a platform for interaction between producers, building a professional network of contacts that enhances opportunities, eliminates doubts, and unites associates in favor of the development of the category.

ABKom’s members and directors have worked tirelessly towards their first major objective: to include kombucha in Brazilian legislation with the competent bodies. This effort resulted in Normative Instruction No. 41, published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), which establishes identity and quality standards for commercial production in the category. KBI assisted in this effort by providing language and research evidence to support their application. 

ABKom now brings together several brands and producers from various regions of Brazil, and is poised to make a significant contribution to the future of the Brazilian kombucha industry.

“We are thrilled to become a partner organization with Kombucha Brewers International and further strengthen the network of kombucha producers around the world,” said Montanari. “Our goal with this partnership is to provide a united voice for the industry and promote its growth, while offering our members the opportunity to connect and learn from one another. We are excited to see what the future holds for KBI, ABKom and for the global kombucha industry,” shared KBI President, Hannah Crum.

About Kombucha Brewers International:

Kombucha Brewers International is the non-profit trade association for the international Kombucha brewing industry. To learn more about the Kombucha industry, or for more information on membership, please contact KBI President Hannah Crum at info@kombuchabrewers.org, or visit https://kombuchabrewers.org.

About ABKOM:


Lucas Montanari –  ABKom president and founder of Fermenta com Ciencia

The Associação Brasileira de Kombucha (ABKOM) is a non-profit association formed in January 2018 to unite, protect and represent commercial kombucha producers in Brazil. To learn more please contact them at https://www.abkom.org.br/contato/.



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International Society of Beverage Technologists

ISBT is the only organization whose sole interest is the technical and scientific aspects of soft drinks and beverages. With members from around the world, membership is open to any person engaged in the science, technology, or production of soft drinks or beverages, including those suppliers to the beverage industry whose principal occupation is substantially technical in nature. This includes individuals employed by bottlers, franchise companies, packaging, flavor, ingredient, and equipment suppliers who are engaged in scientific or technical positions.

ISBT enhances the promotion, development, and dissemination of knowledge relating to the art and science of beverage technology for the non-alcoholic beverage industry.  Focus areas of activity include (but are not limited to) beverage formulation, production, packaging, equipment, and distribution. We do this by:

Most of our activities center around our annual conference (BevTech), our regional events (Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, India, and Latin America), and our 9 technical committees:

  • Beverage Gases
  • Beverage and Ingredient R&D
  • Beverage Operations & Processing
  • Packaging Technology
  • Quality
  • Retail Equipment and Fountain Technology
  • Sanitation and Microbiological Control
  • Sweetener
  • Water Quality & Treatment

ISBT also has a series of online microlessons designed to provide an important and easily available resource for our global community of beverage professionals.  The Beverage Institute by ISBT® currently offers 9 courses covering everything from the Fundamentals of Beverage Technology to more specialized courses on Microbiology, Sweeteners, Gases, Water, and more.  More information about these courses can be found at https://www.isbt.com/isbt-beverage-institute.asp.

Membership rates, benefits, and more can be found at https://www.isbt.com/membership.asp.  KBI members can enter Kombucha in the Discount Code field to get $50 off your first year’s membership.