The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Black Pineapple launches ‘Trade Cocktails’ innovation for NZ hospo industry

Award-winning Kiwi cocktail catering company, Black Pineapple, has launched a new innovation designed to brace the embattled hospitality sector by ensuring cocktail offerings are not sacrificed due to staffing and skill shortages.

Black Pineapple Trade Cocktails are freshly pre-batched in five litre food service grade containers and delivered direct to venues, stadiums, on premise establishments and event managers (launching in Auckland initially then rolling out nationwide – watch this space!). The range covers full strength, low and no-alcohol options, from an espresso martini to a dairy free pina colada, chocolate orange negroni or mango chilli margarita (as well as everything in between!).

Black Pineapple is determined to help the hospitality industry adapt and survive the staff shortage crisis through the launch. Black Pineapple Founder, Frankie Walker says, “I am confident that Black Pineapple Trade Cocktails will make a difference to the resilience of Aotearoa’s amazing hospitality industry, enabling establishments to continue to offer customers an exciting range of perfectly crafted cocktails, despite mixologist and bartender staffing shortages.”

Complimentary staff training is provided to ensure the cocktails are delivered fresh and perfect to customers, with attention given to each establishment’s signature serving ideas and garnishes. Dehydrated garnishes can also be provided on request and charged additionally. 

Black Pineapple Trade Cocktails are available now by pre-order to licensed venues. To request a sample pack to try for your venue, as well as find out further details on pricing and ordering information, contact or go to

Black Pineapple was founded in 2016 by leading industry mixologist Frankie Walker who has been in the drinks business for over 25 years. He’s worked in every area of the industry from glassie to sales, marketing and consulting, and is a close colleague and friend of many bar and restaurant owners, managers and staff.