Cofounders Cathy and Rob with the first Black Fly bottle that rolled off the line in May 2005.
Black Fly Beverage Company, Ontario's first micro-distillery was founded in 2005 by husband & wife Rob Kelly and Cathy Siskind-Kelly after being awarded the first Distillery License granted in Ontario in over 100 years.
The vision was to create MORE NATURAL and LESS SWEET premium spirit beverages using quality ingredients and innovative packaging. Like the iconic Canadian insect after which the company is named, Black Fly started small with determination to fly under the radar and delivery a might bite. Since that time, Black Fly has successfully developed and launched a lineup of unique premium spirit beverages that speak to what today's consumers are looking for; innovative "NOT TOO SWEET" quality drinks.
Originally housed in an historic bank building in the heart of downtown London, Ontario, Black Fly Beverage Company moved its operation in May of 2008 to a state-of-the-art production facility located in the city's leading industrial quarter. Today Black Fly continues its tradition of developing and producing premium spirit beverages for Canadian markets and beyond.
From inception Black Fly has been all about Canadian innovation and the evolution of a category. Black Fly's vision remains to create and deliver More Natural & Less Sweet ready-to-drink spirit beverages, made with quality ingredients and craft produced in unique innovative green packaging.
In a landscape of global companies, Black Fly offers a truly Canadian quality choice. As a craft producer we know we need to deliver MORE on all fronts; Quality. Volume, Packaging & of course Taste.
Keeping it real
Real juices. Real cane sugar (not high fructose corn syrup). Real Canadian vodka. Real Mexican tequila. Real quality. Real taste. All Black Fly beverages are lightly sweetened with real cane sugar & are Gluten Free.
A Black Fly Mixed Drink delivers as advertised... Ready-to-drink (RTD just as it should be. Not too Sweet, refreshing, balanced and delicious right from the non-breakable signature Black Fly bottle.
Not too sweet
Black Fly Mixed Drinks are the evolution of old school sweet coolers. At 4 grams of sugar per 100mL (Vodka Cranberry) compared to an average of 9-18 in the category Black Fly is up to 60% less sweet than competing large brands.
At 400mL Black Fly bottles are 15% Bigger than 330-355 mL bottle of competing brands. That's 2 extra bottles per case of 24. Pour one bottle into cocktail glasses & enjoy 2 drinks per bottle.
It's easy math: Quality ingredients + 15% Bigger Bottles = GREAT VALUE. It's an A+ for Black Fly and for customers on a per mL basis compared to the competition.
Unique Non-breakable bottles
Black Fly bottles are a unique Canadian designed PET1, lightweight, BPA free, highly recyclable and re-sealable bottle that are quick to chill with a wide mouth that is loved by both male & female consumers.
Black Fly goes a long way. One 400mL bottle pours 2 cocktail glass drinks. Have some leftover? Simply re-seal the bottle and pop in the fridge to maintain the quality of the real juices and light carbonation.
Convenient & Safe
Lightweight, non-breakable and re-sealable Black Fly Bottles are the perfect choice for all your glass-free get togethers; picnics, poolside, at the cottage, by the hot-tub, on your patio, at home, at all your parties.
Ice Cubes Fit
People love that ice cubes fit right in to Black Fly's wide mouth non-breakable bottles, making Black Fly bottles one of the most versatile easy to enjoy RTD's on the market!
Our unique packaging designs include glue-less closures and significantly reduced packaging for Black Fly's distinctive 4-pack carriers.
Our First Location
It all started in an historic bank building at this unqiue location in the heart of downtown London. We have fond memories of working "in the fishbowl" where passersby could watch via street level windows, Black fly bottles rolling off the line.
Our New Plant
By year 3, it was time to migrate to a bigger and more traditional manufacturing plant. Black Fly moved its operations in May 2008 to a state-of-the art production facility located in London's industrial quarter. Go to OUR PLANT for a look inside
Black Fly was thrilled to be selected by FOOD FACTORY
among a host of prestigious Canadian companies to have our unique Canadian vodka and tequila mixed drinks showcased
on this popular new show on the FOOD NETWORK
. Tune in for a behind the scenes look at how Black Fly drinks are made.