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Craft soda company expands operations on James Island

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James Island is sparkling a little more, and it’s not just because of the Holiday Festival of Lights.

A craft soda company is expanding its Charleston operations with plans to create 22 jobs.

Cannonborough Beverage Co., located at 1750 Signal Point Road, produces craft sodas and mixers made from whole ingredients including fruits, herbs and spices. 

Co-founders Matt Fendley and Mick Matricciano called the expansion a milestone for the company.

“Not only will this new production facility allow us to expand our operations to keep up with growing demand, it will allocate newly renovated food production space for other food businesses and is an opportunity to give back to a community that has been so supportive of Cannonborough Sodas,” the co-owners said in a joint statement.

The duo came up with the original idea for fresh soda with natural ingredients nearly a decade ago in Cannonborough. They began operating their first production facility in 2014.

“The generosity of Charleston area businesses to share their space, knowledge and experience with us over the last nine years has made a big impact on the company,” they said. “To be able to pay that forward to the next generation of food entrepreneurs in Charleston is something we're very excited about."

As part of the facility expansion, which is already in progress, the company will also add a commissary kitchen.

“We’re pleased to see a local company not only expanding, but planning to source more agricultural products from South Carolina farmers,” Hugh Weathers, commissioner of agriculture, said in a statement. “This is a great example of the teamwork that makes agribusiness our state’s No. 1 industry.”

Reach Teri Errico Griffis at 843-849-3144.

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