Bananika is a refreshing, carbonized, alcoholic banana brew from Terceira Island. It aims to be an ongoing solution for the banana waste created every year in the banana agricul...

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    194 backers

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Bananika is a refreshing, carbonized, alcoholic banana brew from Terceira Island. It aims to be an ongoing solution for the banana waste created every year in the banana agriculture industry.

Hello everyone,

we are the social startup Bananika from Terceira (Azores) and we want you to help us finishing with an environmental issue, while creating a second income source for local farmers.

The idea of creating a gasified, alcoholic banana beverage originates from the identification of two critical problems in banana agriculture.

On the one hand, there is a big issue of over-production of bananas. Producers on the Azores have not found pertinent solutions to commercialize their product - every summer, with rising temperatures, production increases drastically and the cycle of waste repeats over and over again. In addition, the producers also lose a number of bananas whose size do not correspond to market requirements. Thus, more and more banana waste is created, which we estimate to be more than 100 tons per year, only on Terceira. The production of one kilo of banana uses 793 Liters of water!

There is another factor that highlights the potential of this product. It can be observed that in terms alcoholic beverages there is a forgotten segment in Portugal that longs for easy-to-drink and sweet alcoholic beverages as the boom of apple ciders in the Portuguese beverage market in the recent years seems to prove – ciders are under the top 3 Fast Moving Consumer Goods in Portugal.

Bananika is an innovative, sustainable drink that offers a solution to these problems. By creating a fermented banana drink we can turn the banana into a value-added product with an augmented shelf-life. This drink opens up a new hypothesis for the Azorean banana producers to deal with its overproduction.

The Product

  • Beverage based on the fermentation of bananas
  • Refreshing drink, gasified, easy to drink
  • Slightly sweet with a mild, fruity banana flavor
  • 5-7% alcohol


  • Two years of development of a prototype
  • Registered brand
  • Licenced factory building (HACCP/NCV)
  • Technical planing of the production plant done

About the author

The idea of the social startup Bananika came from the hands of Tibério Barbeito and Leon Biermann, the two young entrepreneurs with the passion and willingness to make the change. When they first met in January 2018 on Terceira Island when they discovered their mutual passion for beekeeping and agriculture, which created the basis of their friendship. In the same month StartUp Angra, in collaboration with Beta-i, organized the event "Ready to Start Angra - StartUp Angra" and both decided that it was the perfect timing to participate with the project Bananika. During the event they created a business model for Bananika. Tiberio's know-how in banana production and fermentation with over 2 years of testing, along with Leon's business-insights, allowed them to convince the Jury of the event and win this edition of "Ready to Start Angra". This success gave them motivation to put the idea in action.

Tibério is 31 years old and holds a degree as a “Técnico de Vendas”. He has a strong inclination for entrepreneurship. Besides being a banana farmer he launched in 2012 the “Quinta dos Cedros”, restructuring the land, planting different types of fruit, some that were not even produced on that scale and at that time on the island - thus, he was always a pioneer, and with a great capacity to advance to the execution of the projects with longevity. At the artisanal level, it has always focused on developing products that would transform fruit that were no longer in a favorable state for commercialization.

Leon is 28 years old and always had a very strong connection with agriculture. In 2009 he began to get involved in beekeeping association in Germany and to learn about it. In 2011, during his volunteer year he built a microcredit project focused on beekeeping in the rural areas of Buea in Cameroon - in collaboration with GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation) and the local FORUDEF organization. Between 2013-2015 he worked several times for the La Douceur Angevine exploration in Longué-Jumelles (France), working on the local production and distribution of dairy products. Currently he is writing his dissertation in business about Bananika at the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics.

In case you have any questions or suggestions we would be glad and thankful if you contact us:



Budget and due dates


This crowdfunding campaign has the objective to build the first professional production plant that allows us to control all the fermentation parameters and produce a stable and high quality brew. The plant can produce around 1200 Liter of Bananika per month or around 3600 bottles (0,33l). The capacity can be easily increased by just adding further fermentation tanks. The cost for this plant amount to 17.195 €.



Main equipment (circulation thermostat, 500l ripening tank,
500l maceration and fermentation tank, filter, semi-automatic filling machine etc.)

11.640 €

Laboratory equipment (Refractometer, pH meter, Laboratory dishware etc.)

1.050 €

Transport, Assembly, Reservation (10%)

2.919 €


15.609 €

Fees PPL

1.586 €


17.195 €



November 2019

Installation first production plant, which allows the production of a beverage that meets the market requirements of quality and stability of the product

June 2019

Implement a digital marketing strategy for the promotion of Bananika in Portugal - we have access to incubation vouchers and digital marketing

January 2020

Sales of Bananika in regional Restaurants on the Azores

Feburary 2020

Launching event in Lisbon

February 2020

Provide selected bars and food trucks in Lisbon and Porto

September 2020

Critical analysis of the consumer feedback

November 2020

Construction of a large scale production plant


Bananika was selected as one of the 3 finalists of the Social Entrepreneurship Challenge of the BET24, an event that brings together entrepreneurs from many different areas. The final winner of this competition will be determined based on the highest amount raised in this crowdfunding campaign and will receive a prize of € 2000.

With your support we can be the winners of this prize and start to make this project run, producing Bananika!

  • Invest with
    2€ or more

    General acknowledgement on our Facebook page

    With this support you demonstrate that you believe in our approach and that you want to participate in this change. Thank you very much for your contribution.

    154 backers

  • Invest with
    5€ or more

    Previous reward + A personalized acknowledgment on our Facebook page

    You show that you believe in our idea of reducing banana waste and truly believe in our capabilities to do so. Thank you very much for your contribution.

    33 backers

  • Invest with
    15€ or more

    Previous rewards + Receive a spot with your name on our first website + A bottle-opener with the logo to open your first Bananik

    Besides showing your full online support you get yourself prepared for opening your first Bananika. Thank you very much for your contribution.

    7 backers

  • Invest with
    25€ or more

    Previous rewards + Receive a reusable water bottle with the Bananika logo

    Stay hydrated in a sustainable way. You show that you join our spirit of waste reduction. (Portes de envio por correio incluídos para Portugal) Thank you very much for your contribution.

    6 backers

  • Invest with
    50€ or more

    Previous rewards + A bottle of our sustainable strawberry sparkling wine (0,75l)

    Our strawberry sparkling wine was produced from aromatic strawberries from Terceira, that due to their size or maturity could not be commercialized – Bananika spirit! (Portes de envio por correio incluídos para Portugal) Thank you very much for your contribution. English:

    5 backers

  • Invest with
    100€ or more

    Previous rewards + Receive a voucher for 6 bottles of Bananika on our launching event in Lisbon and have your name written on th

    the bottles of the first batch of Bananika “Let’s drink sustainable!” You will celebrate the launching of Bananika with us and have your personal bottles guaranteed. We will thank you for your involvement and trust in the idea by having your name written on the bottle. (Portes de envio por correio incluídos para Portugal) Thank you very much for your contribution.

    15 backers

Tue, 05/07/2022 - 22:01

Mon, 03/06/2019 - 11:50

Payout completed

The raised funds have been transferred to the campaign owner


Campaign ended

The campaign successfully raised the initial target

Mon, 13/05/2019 - 11:28

100% reached

WE DID IT! We met our initial target but the fundraising can continue

Tue, 07/05/2019 - 10:31

50% reached

We've just achieved half the target! The glass is now more full than empty ;)

Fri, 03/05/2019 - 14:13

First five backers

We've gathered the first 5 backers. Hurray!

Campaign launched


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