Adina World Beat Beverages

Adina World Beat Beverages is a beverage manufacturer based in San Francisco, California. It was founded by Magatte Wade-Marchand, Greg Steltenpohl (one of the co-founders of Odwalla Inc.) and Dominique Leveuf. Adina was founded to preserve traditional beverage recipes from around the world from being replaced by cola drinks distributed by multinational corporations. Adina manufactures the drinks from sustainable ingredients obtained through fair trade and sourced from small-scale farmers in places like India, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Ethiopia. By doing so, they would be giving aid to impoverished farmers in these areas.


Magatte Wade-Marchand came up with the idea to found a beverage company when she visited her native Senegal and found that cola had replaced traditional hibiscus drinks. Worried that the drinks and the heritage would be lost, Wade-Marchand approached Greg Steltenpohl, who had recently left as head of Odwalla Inc., and asked for help to begin a company. He agreed, and, with his wife, Dominique Leveuf, the three began the company. Adina for Life is headquartered at 660 York Street in San Francisco, California. To fund the start-up, the founders contributed heavily; in addition, the trio raised $5 million in investments in early years.

The company sells a variety of beverages based on drinks from around the world in 14 fluid ounce bottles, mainly to the San Francisco Bay Area. However, the company is promoting their products in large cities throughout the United States like New York City and Austin, Texas.


Adina is partnered with several organizations that share their goals, including Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP), which works to reduce poverty in Africa; Association Education Santé (AES), which works to help hibiscus farmers in the global market; the ECO-AGRI Research Foundation, a non-profit organization centered in India seeking to improve the lives of rural farmers; as well as other co-ops and financers in third-world countries.


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