Sidharth Sharma had no idea when he took his first drink of kombucha at a friend’s house as a high school student 14 years ago that he would one day make his living selling the probiotic drink.
The 28-year-old Elkridge resident is one of three owners of Wild Kombucha, a Maryland-based company that is poised to have an impressive 2019.
For starters, the company will move its 3,400-square-foot facility in Timonium to a 13,000-square-foot space in the Northwest portion of Baltimore.
The company already sells its drinks in Whole Foods Market, MOM's Organic and Harris Teeter. In all, Wild Kombucha is sold in more than 700 stores in five states.
In 2019, they will expand their products in Eastern Pa., New Jersey and New York City through a partnership with Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative.
“That’s a major thing for us--expanding and serve a wider geographic region,” Sharma said.
They also plan to launch two non-kombucha drinks. One is a drink made from unprocessed cane. The other drink, which Sharma said he couldn’t discuss in great detail, is “an extension of the Wild brand.”
It has been a fairly fast ascent for Sharma and his two business partners, Sergio Malarin and Adam Bufano, who are stepbrothers and the friends who introduced Sharma to kombucha when they were all in high school.
The three started the company in 2015, when they were serving their drinks out of the side of a juice shop in Hampden. Six months later they were picked up by Whole Foods Market. The three quit their jobs when they got picked up by the supermarket giant. Another six months later, they were in their current Timonium facility preparing for their coming expansion.
“We want to be the healthy beverage provider in Baltimore,” Sharma said.