TEA FOR TWO IS PAYING OFF
12 June 2014
Sweet smell of success teeing up business venture.
FROM modest beginnings, Cherrybrook’s Troy Douglas and Drew Bilbe’s business venture has become a remarkable success. Mr Douglas and Mr Bilbe grew up in the same street and were in different year levels at Cherrybrook Technology High School.
Now in their 20s, they started their Nexba iced tea business after Mr Bilbe came back from a holiday.
“I did an exchange in Mexico and local iced tea is massive over there,” said Mr Bilbe, who was a civil engineer before committing to the duo’s business.
“I had a yearning to do this and thought it was a really good opportunity.”
In September 2011, they set up a factory in Hornsby and introduced their product to schools and businesses in the Hills region.
They relied on a lot of support from family and their friends, including Mr Bilbe’s grandfather, who is in his 80s, to help them manufacture their own cans.
Today, the business is based in Manly and distributes its iced tea all around Australia, counting 7-Eleven, Caltex, IGA and Virgin Airlines as clients, a remarkable achievement for the young business.
“We’re stoked to see where we have got to in this time,” Mr Bilbe said.
“The 7-Eleven wasn’t an account we got overnight.
“We tried getting a meeting (with the company) for 1½ years and we worked very hard towards getting them.”