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Community Highlights: Meet Valerie Barkley of Bill’s Lemonade

Today we’d like to introduce you to Valerie Barkley.

Hi Valerie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Bill’s Lemonade started as a fresh-squeezed lemonade that was served at fairs, festivals, and outdoor venues back in the early 50s, that’s over 70 years ago. From the very start, we used a process that gave our lemonade that handmade touch and very unique flavor.

Realizing that this business model would work for so many other businesses we worked very hard to put together an equipment package that allowed other businesses to do what we have done for so many years. This is how Bill’s Lemonade was born as a Beverage Brand sold across the US, and also very well-loved right here in Saint Louis.

Many recognizable locations such as Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Arche, and several other local locations. Other wells know locations are The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Coney Island, Graceland, Niagra Falls, Giavanni Pizzas, Ben’s Pretzels, Winco, Jellystone Parks, etc. Now available in Canada, Porto Rico, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and More.

Now Bill’s offers 2 other lemonade products which are just as popular.

Bill’s Frozen Lemonade: Offers you everything you need to start making profits by serving Bill’s fresh-tasting frozen lemonade! Available in both Classis Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade flavors. This premix system is a powerfully effective visual display and only uses a 110 electrical outlet.

Preparation couldn’t be easier – just combine our Frozen Lemonade Mix with water, with our easy-to-use mixing jugs, then add to your unit! Remember best of all this delicious frozen drink is made with 100% real fruit in the mix, you will instantly notice the great flavor at only 100 calories for a 17oz serving!

Bill’s Bubbler Lemonade Program. Offers you everything you need to start making profits by serving deliciously fresh-tasting lemonade that tastes like it was freshly squeezed! Available in both Classic Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade flavors. This premix system is made with 100% REAL lemons and is a powerfully effective visual display.

The agitate circulation creates appealing, bubbling movement of the beverage in the dispenser’s bowls, all without causing foaming! Best of all, preparation is simple! Just combine our bubbler lemonade mix with fresh water, in our easy-to-use mixing jugs, then pour into your dispensing unit.

A 24oz serving is only 80 calories! These dispensers use only 110 outlets and are constructed for heavy-duty commercial use, ensuring that your lemonade is ice cold (between 35 and 41 degrees)!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
A proven system.

In today’s world, to be successful in business, you have to sell high-quality products. We take great pride in being a company committed to selling the finest equipment and ingredients.

The flavor is everything and we did our homework and taste sampling. We listen to what the consumer wants. That’s the only way to ensure that we continue to make the very best beverage on the market.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
In today’s world, to be successful in business, you have to sell high-quality products. More importantly, if it does not taste good your customers will not come back or buy another.

Have you ever bought something to drink and the first sip tastes terrible, and you would rather just throw it away! but you spent too much or were too thirsty to throw it away.

We take great pride in being a company committed to selling the best-tasting lemonade on the market. That’s the only way to ensure that we continue success.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Going to the fair and drinking a Bill’s Lemonade! Back in the day, all lemonade was made with a lot of sugar. Today, people either can’t have much sugar or will not consume much sugar.

So at Bill’s Lemonade, we made the best of both worlds happen. Bill’s Lemonade is low sugar and low calories drink and it tastes delicious.

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