Two in a Bush

September 16, 2022
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Two in a Bush was awarded two Gold awards for their tea infused cordials at the 2022 awards. We were interested lo learn more about this innovative company, and what drives them.

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We asked Hetta Terblanche to tell us about this company:

Please tell us when your company was founded, and some of its history.

Creators Marie-Louise Oosthuizen and Hetta van Deventer-Terblanche share a lifelong dedication to good food and wine.  The idea sprouted from a Sodastream gift given to Hetta, four years ago. Since mixing and creating cocktails is one of the many talents of Marie-Louise, the Sodastream machine was put to task. Unimpressed with the lack of ingredients available in the existing market, the duo set out to develop their own cordials, testing recipes on lucky friends and family members. The end goal was clear and uncompromising - it had to be a 100% natural drink, with the health properties intact and outstanding taste. The name Two in a Bush, refers to the adage “a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush” – be thankful for what you have, a philosophy that both Hetta and Marie-Louise observe.

Please tell us about some of the unique features of your company.

Two in a Bush Iced Tea Cordial is more than proudly South African, the delicious taste of real brewed tea and natural ingredients set it apart. Pure mineral water and only the finest natural ingredients are used to make this premium drink. Rooibos tea is caffeine-free, and packed with scientifically proven health benefits and antioxidants. Rooibos tea was awarded protected designation of origin (PDO) status earlier this year. This means only leaves cultivated in South Africa’s southeast Cederberg region can be sold as “rooibos” in EU countries and several others, limiting competition from imitations that have appeared amid growing demand for this antioxidant-rich brew. 

The cordial is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed chilled, diluted with water or soda water for a low sugar alternative drink, or used as an ingredient in a variety of cocktails or mocktails. Hetta says that  “Two in a Bush Ice Tea Cordials are ideal for the whole family to enjoy, my kids love it. It is for anyone that is serious about quality ingredients with great taste, and also serves as a grown-up drink with alcohol added. The world has changed so much, we are reassessing our lifestyles, and although we both enjoy wine tremendously, occasions often arise where we want to sip socially, but without alcohol or low alcohol. Two in a Bush Ice Tea Cordials are our number one choice”. Marie-Louise quips in that “mixed with soda water it puts the perfect shot of tea in a G & T”. The cordials are available at the best delis, local markets, stores and online.

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What do you think is the unique about your product?

We do not take shortcuts.

What do you think is your distinct advantage or reason for your success?
  • Passion, strong branding and a strong support team. Both Hetta and Marie-Louise are passionate about their product, determined to make it a success, and believe that it is the best to offer on the market.
  • Spending money wisely and paying extra for creative minds to help you develop your brand and image. 
  • A support network of like-minded people from the industry is essential.
How do you see your company or product on the global stage?

Currently, there is definite and positive interest from Europe and the Americas, but shipping costs are a hurdle when launching a new product overseas. Glass bottles, manufactured from mainly recycled glass, is a heavy and costly product to ship.

In which countries can your products be found? 

For now, South Africa & Namibia, but export opportunities to Europe and other African countries are in advanced stages of development.

Do you perhaps have some innovations in the pipeline?

Yes! But we are not letting the cat out of the bag yet – watch this space early 2023.

Contact details:

Contact person: Hetta or Marie-Louise

Email Address: hetta@twoinabush.co.za or marielouise@twoinabush.co.za

Contact Number: +27(0)82 5766 988

Website: https://www.twoinabush.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TwoinABushRooibosicedTeaCordials

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/twoinabushicedteacordials