As they kick off their 10th anniversary as San Diego’s premier manufacturer of single-serve and bagged beverages, the team at Intelligent Blends proudly reflects on a decade of excellence and looks to a future rooted in best-in-class customer service, innovative product offerings, and sustainable manufacturing practices.
Established in 2013, Intelligent Blends is the brainchild of CEO Michael Ishayik who, at the time, was operating Reel Picture, a CD and DVD manufacturing company in San Diego. It was on a fateful visit to an Apple store, that Ishayik was struck by the realization that rapidly evolving technology-especially the world of streaming services would soon affect the demand for his services. The world was changing, and his business focus would need to change as well.
Quick thinking and an innovative spirit led him to leverage Keurig’s expiring patent on K-cups® and to take a leap into the world of coffee packaging. Fast forward 10 years and the company’s capabilities and offerings have expanded through a robust R&D lab; the success of its flagship brand, Maud’s; and valued co-packaging, hospitality, and production partnerships.
Intelligent Blends K-cups® and bagged beverage options have expanded to include stick packs and gusset pouches. The company’s R&D services have helped partners turn their vision into high-quality products that can be found throughout the coffee and tea, functional ingredients, broth, cocoa, creamer, and cider markets. And that list just keeps growing.
Through all its successes, the company has never lost sight of its passion for doing the right thing, particularly in the areas of sustainability, fair-trade partnerships, and certified organic practices.
In 2020, Intelligent Blends upped its sustainability game by adding 700LG panels to its San Diego headquarters, making the production of its Maud’s Coffee & Tea brand 100% solar-powered. Riding the momentum brought on by the behemoth project, the company aspires to be completely carbon neutral by 2024, doubling down on its commitment to earth-first practices.
“Everything we do at Intelligent Blends is anchored in our commitment to being innovative, ethical, and environmentally responsible,” says CEO and Founder Michael Ishayik. “As we celebrate this 10-year milestone and look ahead, I’m excited to continue growing as a team and thriving as a company. The next 10 years are rich with possibilities, and I look forward to continuing to serve our customers with the same passion and commitment that have gotten us where we are today.”