Tequila brand AquaRiva receives five figure funding package

Cleo Rocos – Creator of AquaRiva

Following a successful 2019, a growing new tequila brand has protected its long-term future after receiving a five-figure funding package from HSBC UK.

AquaRiva Tequila, with the backing of a Bounce Back Loan from HSBC UK has protected its future with the funding acting as a safety net to support the significant growth of the brand through 2020.

As part of its continued growth, the company is now exporting its products to customers in the US starting in the state of California. The AquaRiva team has also recently agreed a major deal with the UK’s largest distributor to launch their pre-bottled handmade cocktails in 2020.

AquaRiva Tequila, which has three tequilas in its portfolio, is currently the main in-house tequila for restaurants such as TGI Friday’s, Red Dog Saloon, Mr Fogg’s, Gino D’Acampo’s and bars and clubs nationwide.

The company also has AquaRiva Organic Agave Syrup in its portfolio, which is in bars, clubs and restaurants around the UK as well as Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.

Cleo Rocos, Creator of AquaRiva Tequila, comments: “Although COVID-19 has been challenging for the hospitality industry, the funding from HSBC UK has allowed the company to remain in a strong financial position so that we’re able to continue with our plans to expand our brand range and our business in the US.”

AquaRiva Tequila was created in 2011 by comedy actress and author Cleo Rocos.

It is a multi-award-winning drinks brand which makes its tequilas with eight-year-old 100per cent Blue Weber agave and pure spring water from the volcanic highlands of Jalisco in Mexico.

The profiles were developed by Cleo working with an experienced master blender in Mexico over a period of 11 months.