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The Tibico Story

During 2016, following a traumatic event it became imperative that I understood more about functional nutrition, gut health, what I was eating and its impact on my body... for better or worse. 


What I thought was a healthy lifestyle with lots of exercise, gym sessions, cycling and walking, was actually being countered by an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Food on the go, processed food, stress, hypertension, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, living on antacids. As a result, I eventually ended up being diagnosed with a potential life changing illness. I was extremely lucky that this was detected very early on.


As a Food Process Technologist and Microbiologist, months of study and one very significant book, 'How Not To Die', taught me the importance of good nutrition, gut health and the necessity of eating a high percentage plant-based diet.

Over a 2-year period,  I undertook a career change, qualifying in  'Functional Nutrition', and going on to study the microbiology of the microbiome.

How Not To Die book cover
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This led to a greater understanding in the role of probiotics and prebiotics in developing and maintaining a healthy microbiome (gut health) and in particular, the dependence of the human body on the one hundred trillion bacteria and yeasts that reside in and on our bodies. 

Over the 12 months since my diagnosis, there wasn't a day I didn't eat something fermented; making sauerkraut, kimchi, milk kefir and eventually water kefir. Not only did I feel so much of a difference with the water kefir and supporting prebiotics, but my condition disappeared, never to return.

In creating the Tibico Fermentary, I wanted to develop an everyday raw probiotic health drink to be enjoyed by all, with no added sugar, vegan, dairy free, unpasteurised and with no artificial sweeteners. 


Raw and totally pure !

Man Looking Through Microscope

Over a 3-year development period in creating Tibico, I researched numerous probiotic products. This included milk kefir (made from both cow and goats' milk), the small shot products such as Benecol, Biomel and Actimel, various types of Kombucha and numerous other fermentation products. However, I felt they all missed some of my objectives of taste, organoleptics, and the beneficial anaerobic bacterial profile to support the human microbiome. Accepting that every microbiome varies from person to person.

It's easy for most large food companies to state "contains 'beneficial bacteria' and “good for your digestion and gut health, made from live cultures”, but how substantiated are the claims of so many products on our supermarket shelves and moreover, health-food shops. The development of Tibico has focused as much on the benefits of culturing beneficial anaerobic bacterial as the taste and experience.


I continue to research the power of bacteria and yeasts in our health and wellbeing, to seek a greater scientific understanding through further studies at Harvard Medical School and to provide an educational platform through our Blog Page.


We are proud of our Tibico Ferments and their ability to bring healthy probiotics and other beneficial minerals, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and polyphenols to kitchen tables in our community, and beyond.


During 2024, Tibico will add to its successful and revolutionary range of kefir Krauts, another Water Kefir Ferment and a ‘Smoothie Boost’ to expand its range of gut supportive products.

We have formed a number of collaborations for 2024 to help our customers evaluate their internal health with healthy recipe ideas to boost gut health and help them take a greater control of their wellbeing.


William Shotton


Our Mission

Our mission is to promote the benefits of fermented food and drinks and to provide an educational platform in gut health and wellbeing.

We're focused on sustainability

We maximise our sustainability through the sourcing of fruit and vegetables from local farms.


All our packaging is recyclable:


Bottles in Glass

Caps in Aluminium

Labels biodegradable

Boxes and stuffing Cardboard

Our Promise

We crave the cultured life and we’re here to ignite your craving for it too. Traditional fermentation is what makes our products so incredible. We promise that our fully-fermented beverages are sugar free, caffeine free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and made with 100% pure ingredients with no additives, no fruit juice and no artificial flavourings.

Bottle of Water Kefir
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