Smart Cocktail Machine Available This Holiday Season
Bibo Barmaid, a smart cocktail self-serve machine that allows consumers to create expertly blended mixed drinks at home with the touch of a button, will arrive at retail this holiday season. The time and space-saving product is launching an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to expedite its push to the marketplace. Bibo Barmaid will sell for $249.
Bibo is the brainchild of Debra Walker, an innovative entrepreneur and 25-year veteran marketer of Fortune 500 brands. She believes that, whether for a Girls’ Night Out, New Year’s Eve or a Super Bowl party, Bibo is the solution for great cocktails, offering a variety of tastes without the hassle. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who wants to maximize their party time or simply enjoy a drink at the end of a long day. The product will be available at various retailers and several hotel chains for in-room cocktails.
The three-part system includes: Bibo Barmaid countertop appliance, proprietary Bibo Alcohol pouches and Bibo Cocktail Mixer pouches. The Bibo 1.6-ounce Cocktail Mix pouches include naturally delicious flavors like Cucumber Melon, Tangerine Paloma, Margarita, and Appletini. A Bibo Shot Glass is also included so that users may customize their spirit selection.
Making Bibo cocktails is easy. Simply turn it on, fill it with cold water, select a cocktail mix and a spirit pouch and insert the two into the Bibo Barmaid. Pull down the handle, press the “Mix” button and voila! In less than 20 seconds, a professionally mixed drink is ready to enjoy.
“Necessity is the mother of invention and that’s what happened with the Bibo Barmaid,” Debra Walker says. “I’ve hosted and attended many parties where the drinks were either too weak or too strong, and too many open alcohol bottles and mixers made it a mess, resulting in wasted leftovers. During a girlfriend get-together, I realized there had to be a better way to make cocktails. New technologies can make life easier and up the fun-factor. That’s what Bibo is all about. The world’s best bartender is right in your own home. Now you can make great drinks, choose from a wide variety of flavors, and forego the headache of buying all the ingredients and storing them after the party.”
Givaudan, the world’s leading flavor company, is already on board as a Bibo Barmaid partner and has created eight flavors, including Chocolate Peppermint Martini, Rum Punch and Malibu Mai Tai, with a half-dozen more slated for 2017. Walker secured the support of Givaudan as well as other key vendors and investors.
“Flavor variety is the name of the game in today’s spirits and cocktail market, as consumers are not only looking for unique flavors, but also easy flavor-variety solutions,” said Eric Spenske, Givaudan’s Vice President of Marketing. “When Ms. Walker came to us and asked us to work with her in creating cocktail flavors ranging from the classics to beach cocktails to unique spa and garden flavors, we were thrilled to help. We believe that this single-serve solution — with these types of unique flavors — will be a huge success.”