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A SUNNY SCIENCE BEGINNING

PERKii has a unique background when it comes to the beverage world, being born from a world-leading University, developed with a specific drive to solve an age-old challenge. It’s this same innovative state of mind, and focus to create Better For You solutions that drive the PERKii probiotic drinks team today.

When Professor Bhesh Bhandari and his team at UQ's School of Agriculture and Food Sciences began researching encapsulation methods for active ingredients such as probiotics, they had a major challenge to overcome: how to ensure these 'good-for-gut' bacteria could safely make their way to a person's gut. Probiotics were known to provide many health benefits, but could not survive the trip to the intestine due to the highly acidic environment of the stomach.

Enter PERKii® – an Australian startup delivering the world’s first non-fermented, low-calorie probiotic drinks that incorporates UQ’s ProGel technology to deliver beneficial bacteria safely to the gut. Learn more about the process and probiotics, and the real smarts that allow PERKii to deliver better acting and better tasting probiotic options on our page, The Smarts.

With just a handful of passionate people driven by a Better For You ethos, and in a little over 3 years, we’re proud to say we’ve grown from Brisbane, to now available across Australia and New Zealand, while still delivering the quality standards we set ourselves from day one. We continue to take pride in our products and flavours, and continue to develop new ways to deliver better for you probiotics for everyone.

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