Author: Jon Winter

ROK Stars Announce its ‘Exceptional’ ABK Bavarian Beers win 2 more Gold Medals

ROK Stars PLC, the consumer products and environmental technologies company, has announced its ABK Bavarian Beers have been awarded two Gold Medals by the Beverage Testing Institute in the United States. Citing ABK’s Hell and Edel beers as ‘exceptional’ these latest awards follow the Gold Medals gifted to ABK by the Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (German Agricultural Society) along with the highly prestigious European Beer Star Gold Awards recently awarded to ABK. ‘Tastings’ is an independent product rating and review company that provides beverage buying guides and education for consumers and the trade and are a certified member of the American Society of Testing and Materials. ROK Stars acquired the majority interest in the historic 700 year old Aktien Brauerei in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria in May 2013 and has since re-designed and re-packaged a range of beers for international export under the brand ‘ABK Beer – Since 1308’. Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman of ROK Stars said “We are enormously proud that our beers continue to be recognised and rewarded internationally for their exceptional quality and taste. Winning such awards is key to the global deployment of our ABK brand and our beers which, for the first time since the brewery was founded in 1308, are now being exported in volume outside Germany.” With a growing drinks portfolio which, in addition to ABK Beer, includes Bogart’s Gin and Bogart’s Vodka, ROKiT Drinks was co-founded by John Paul DeJoria, known as ‘America’s favourite entrepreneur,’ and British businessman Jonathan Kendrick with a mandate to ‘Build the Mega-Brands of Tomorrow, Today’. More information at: and and

ROK Solid Finance

ROK Stars Announce the launch of ‘ROK Solid Finance’ offering Collaborative Financial Support to the On Trade Industry

ROK Stars PLC, the consumer products and environmental technology company, co-founded by U.S. billionaire John Paul DeJoria and U.K. entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has announced its ROKiT Drinks division has launched ROK Solid Finance with the intention of it becoming a premium financial lender and product supplier to the licensed trade in the UK. With a combination of specialist knowledge, competitive interest rates and no up-front fees, ROK Solid Finance will offer both secured and unsecured loans to the licensed trade, designed to fill the funding vacuum left by traditional lenders. “Financial support for the On Trade is an area in which I have great experience, having worked in this field for several major breweries in the past, so ROK Solid Finance is a truly collaborative partnership between us and the licensed trade wherein we will focus on the skills of the operator and their recent credit history rather than historic accounts, something which often prevents those with the talent and desire the opportunity to succeed.” Said Graham Higgins, COO of ROKiT Drinks. The ROKiT Drinks portfolio includes ABK Beer from ROK’s 700 year old Bavarian brewery and Bogart’s Spirits from California. The news of the launch of ROK Solid Finance follows ROKiT Drinks recent appointment of three experienced and senior drinks industry veterans, Graham Higgins, Lucy Grimmett and Lee Barber, to head-up the global sales push for the ROKiT Drinks portfolio. Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick said “Our ROK Solid Finance initiative is designed to facilitate the On Trade to invest in their businesses while having access to our fast-growing and award-winning portfolio of drinks and it presents tremendous opportunities for all involved.” More information at and

ROK Stars Announce the Appointment of Lee Barber as Sales Director of ROKiT Drinks

ROK Stars PLC, the consumer products company co-founded by U.S. billionaire John Paul DeJoria and U.K. entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has announced the appointment of UK drinks industry veteran Lee Barber as Sales Director for its ROKiT Drinks division. With more than 20 years experience in the UK, including the last 12 years at Carlsberg UK – most recently as Sales Director – Lee will take responsibility for ROK Drink’s Sales and Distribution operations where his significant industry experience and relationships will further accelerate distribution of the ROKiT Drinks portfolio which, as well as the 700 year old ABK Bavarian Beer  and Bogart’s Spirits from California. Commenting, Lee said “I’m delighted to be joining ROKiT Drinks at this fascinating and exciting stage in its growth and development. ROKiT Drinks is a truly entrepreneurial business that has sourced and developed a fantastic portfolio including beers from our historic brewery in Bavaria, Bogart’s Spirits from our distillery in California. I look forward to working with our key partners to further increase the availability and visibility for all our brands while building long lasting alliances that boost our brands credentials while supporting our plans to engage with consumers.”