Funkin launches search for bartender to be Innovation Champion

Funkin Daniel Redman-Hubley

Cocktail specialist Funkin is launching a nationwide competition to find a bartender to help them develop new ideas as the brand’s next Innovation Champion.

Bartenders are asked to submit an idea for a new product plus a Funkin cocktail that reflects the brand’s innovative approach, using any product from the Funkin Pro range.

Those with the most impressive concepts and cocktails will be invited to compete for the title of Innovation Champion at Funkin’s headquarters in north London this September.

The winner will work with Funkin on a paid part-time freelance basis for one year contributing to its innovation pipeline and getting involved with new projects in product development.

It follows a successful partnership with the 2014 Innovation Champion, Dan Redman-Hubley (pictured). During his time, Funkin developed the first branded 100% natural rhubarb syrup in the UK on-trade.

To apply, contact your Funkin salesperson or click here. The competition will close on August 10.

The search for the next Innovation Champion was unveiled at the second annual Funkin Innovation Forum (FIF), which brought together industry leaders to discuss trends, challenges and opportunities across all sectors of the business.

The FIF also served as a platform to showcase Funkin’s newest cocktail innovations giving attendees a glimpse into what the future holds for the company after its takeover by soft drinks group AG Barr.

Funkin managing director Andrew King said: “The Funkin Innovation Forum is a perfect example of how we work with the on-trade to ensure every cocktail served, no matter the venue, is a great one, and that we provide quality ingredients to customers.

“Cocktail innovation is at the heart of Funkin’s ethos and as we continue to grow and innovate, we are excited to embark on the search for our second Innovation Champion.

“Following the successful partnership with Dan Redman-Hubley, we are looking to give a bartender with unique ideas and passion for their craft the opportunity to develop visionary ingredients alongside Funkin.”

Updated July 13, 2015 after change to website address for entering.

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