Hi, we’re Happy Monkey and this is the bit where we explain how our kids’ drinks not only taste great, they’ll also make both you and the environment feel a whole lot better.
Where it all began
It all began in 2009 when two friends with over 40 years’ experience of running UK food companies between them decided that they’d really like to quit their day jobs and go do something less boring instead. That something was Happy Monkey and from the beginning our aim was to produce smoothies for children with 100% fruit that count as 1 of your 5 a day while also benefitting the environment.
The easy choice
The first thing we did was to create two delicious flavours – orange & mango and strawberry & banana – with no added sugar, no sweeteners, no preservatives, no bits and 100% pure fruit. Each carton contains one full portion of fruit and is an ideal size for a lunchbox. That last bit may not have any health benefits, but it’s handy for parents to know when agonising over what to put in their kids lunchbox each day.
As for the environment, if you check out our award-winning packaging (more of that later) you will see that we have the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal. What this means is that by joining forces with Rainforest Alliance we have ensured that all our bananas are grown in an environmentally sustainable way and that fair wages are paid to the workers so they can enjoy better living conditions, housing, medical care for them and their dependants plus free education for their children. Our bananas come from Ecuador, home to the Galapagos Islands and the very tasty dish of ceviche, and if you wish to know more about the great work carried out by Rainforest Alliance click here
So with the health benefits and environment all sorted the next step was to get the drinks out there to the general public. How hard can it be we wondered? Extremely was the answer. Especially when no one knows your name. So armed with an unwavering belief in our brand and drinks, we set about making sure enough people did know our name - not our real names as they are quite ordinary, more Happy Monkey – and despite the small matter of a global recession, virtually no marketing budget and some very stiff opposition in the kids’ smoothie department the company have seen year on year increase in sales.
Our expectations have been bettered so much we decided to expand and at the end of 2012 Happy Monkey Milkshakes arrived. They come in two great tasting flavours - chocolate and strawberry – and contain all the goodness of milk, have no artificial flavours or colouring and are school approved. Did we say they taste great as well? Yes? Ok, we’ll move on then.
In 2013 our Happy Monkey Smoothies were rewarded for their fun and colourful packaging by winning Gold in the 2013 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards; something that made us all very proud and provided a very stylish paperweight for the office. The awards didn’t stop there though as we picked up Gold awards from influential parenting sites Bizziebaby Uk and Loved By Parents, proving that our smoothies are a big hit with all the family. 2014 saw a new member of the Happy Monkey family with the wonderfully fruity Apple & Blackcurrant Smoothie. We picked up another Gold award from Loved By Parents and got really greedy at the Loved By Children annual awards when we beat off some stiff competition to win Gold for Best Children’s Drink and Best Children’s Brand.
Fruit SplashiesThis year has seen the arrival of our thirst quenching Fruit Splashie drinks, which come in two mouth-watering flavours – Tropical and Summer Fruits. Another Gold award was picked up and put on the mantelpiece from Gentle Parenting, while we continue to increase our involvement with charity groups, supporting the Bliss London Buggy Push and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Race for the Kids 5k family fun run as well as sponsoring local sports groups. We’ve also been seen on the red carpet supporting numerous film premieres such as Penguins of Madagascar and Nativity 3. Our sponsorship of the hugely-popular Big Fish Little Fish family raves and craft room continues to grow and we were delighted to see them win the 2015 National Family Arts Festival Award for Best Family Activity.
So there you have it, our story so far…not nearly as fantastic as actually drinking a Happy Monkey drink, but several degrees better than double Physics on a Monday morning. If you would like to comment on our story or add your own story to our story then get in touch with us here or via our Facebook and Twitter pages.