I started making bitters kits earlier this year after trying to make a recipe for homemade grapefruit bitters. While it's easy to find grapefruit at the grocery store, gentian root was much harder to come by. I searched on the internet and found but I had to buy a whole pound to get a decent price. I figured there must be other out there who wanted to try making bitters but couldn't buy the ingredients locally and didn't want enough to make a whole barrel of bitters.
So I started making kits and I have sold a few through various online outlets. All of the kit's I've made so far have small packets of herbs with some fancy glass bottles and a tray or box to hold the bottles. The biggest problem with these kits is that the shipping is expensive and I'm concerned that discourages people from buying them when they really want more herbs.
I want to launch a new line with larger, sturdier packaging for the herbs (4oz tins,) nicer packaging (instead of plain, used boxes,) and an expanded selection of herbs and spices. To keep the shipping cost down, these kits will have less heavy glassware and more herbs.
In order to make this project feasible, I need to buy the materials in bulk. The money I've made selling the original kits will cover about one third of the cost of materials for this new product line.
Risks and challenges
I'm pretty confident that I can put together these new kits in time for the holidays. The suppliers I've chosen for the raw materials are all well established businesses and I have experience ordering from most of them in the past. The biggest risk would be something happening to me or my home where I build the kits, since it's pretty much a one woman operation (with support and encouragement from my awesome husband.)
I'm planning to purchase the tins first so I can get started on filling them, then order the other supplies as funding becomes available.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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