Light at the end of the tunnel

thin, sea, fence

With Victorian Hospitality taking very tentative steps toward re opening its doors to the public (again), we are starting to see some of our customers with a bit more spring in their step, with the hope that this will be the last time that we will need to close our doors to our customers.

With most businesses trying to find the path back to an acceptable level of trade, while balancing profit margins, there has never been a more opportune time to reassess our day to day operations.

Local business owners are looking for better alternatives and local suppliers more and more these days, to ensure their business has its maximum potential to thrive once again, especially until our venues are allowed to trade at the maximum capacity that we all built our business models around. Supporting local has never been more important than it is right now, we all need to work together to help each other through the sometimes difficult times we are living in.

If you are sick of paying too much for your post mix drinks, now may be the perfect time to give us a call to find out how we can not only help significantly increase the profit margins on your mixed drinks, but ensure your post mix equipment is maintained to operate at its optimum levels at all times by our local qualified technicians.

Winter is the perfect time to update your post mix drink systems so call or email us to organise a chat to find out more about how we can assist you to more streamline your drinks systems in your venue while still maintaining the high quality drinks you deserve.

Phone : 0407 802 155
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Price verses quality

quality verses price

There’s no denying that hospitality businesses try to cut down costs to maximise profit margins wherever they can. While there are lots of ways to do this, some businesses opt for the absolute cheapest post mix syrup product price they can find. Initially, everything seems to work great. Costs are down, sales are good, and everyone is happy.

A few weeks pass and then the customer complaints start to come in. Customers start sending their drinks back saying they taste bad or are watered down. Whats even worse, you find yourself not only pouring the post mix drink down the drain and giving away free drinks to unhappy customers, but also the drinks you have mixed with valuable alcohol such as scotch and gin are wasted. Businesses and staff start to blame the cheap post mix syrup company they have recently switched to and end up spending double the amount they thought they had originally saved. So, why opt for the absolute cheapest post mix syrup supply company?

What constitutes a poor quality post mix product?

How do you even know if your current post mix supplier is giving you the best value for money? Good quality post mix syrups? There is much more involved to serve the best quality post mix drinks possible in your venue. Refer below to see if the post mix supplier you have chosen is guilty of the following:

  • Drinks don’t mix properly with spirits
  • Drinks taste like they are watered down
  • Drinks always taste flat
  • Poor back up service
  • Can’t be contacted easily
  • No service technicians
  • No regular contact with you

If your answer to any of the above questions is yes, let us explain how inferior post mix products and back up service can affect your hard earned business:

Brand reputation

Most businesses start with nothing and slowly build up by gaining the trust of customers. However, once damaged or even put in doubt, that trust can be lost instantly. Word gets out as people rate your business poorly on social media and give your products poor reviews. If that happens, its very hard to recover from. Customers will not return or recommend you to their friends. If this happens it only creates even more extra work from you to regain your previous levels of clientele. Its much easier to keep existing customers than find new ones.

Decline in sales

It’s not rocket science to understand that once you get a bad reputation for selling a poor product in the hospitality industry, you will lose customers fast. Customers expect certain standards to be met when they pay premium prices for their drinks at your venue. If they aren’t satisfied, they will be quick to try out your competitors. After all, there is no shortage of venues to find a descent drink or meal. The last thing you want is for your existing customers to look for alternative places to relax with a drink or meal. Once this happens, your profits will surely drop and your workload and running costs will increase significantly as you try and find new customers.

Back up service

If you can’t pour your post mix drinks when you need them, how are you going to continue to maintain your profit margins on your drinks? You need your post mix system running at peak performance all the time. If your system is continually breaking down, or just not up to the daily challenges your business throws at it, then maybe its not being maintained correctly by your current supplier. You need to be able to get your post mix system repaired in a timely manner if its not operational. Pouring drinks from bottles is a hassle for your staff and not very environmentally friendly either. Don’t let your customers down by using an inferior post mix supplier with a lack of back up service on their equipment. There is nothing worse than having to wait for sometimes days on end to get your system up and operational after a breakdown.

What you should do

Before panicking, we are here to show you that there is an easy way that you can avoid all this. All you have to do is invest in a superior post mix supply company, like Refresh Beverages, that provides impeccable post mix syrups and reliable efficient back up service on all of our dispensing equipment. We have the balance right between quality and back up service, and are willing to adapt to your requirements as needed.

If you are unsure that you are receiving the best possible combination of product quality and reliable back up service, you can reach out to us here and we will guide you through the process!

Post mix system upgrades

postmix system upgradesEveryone seems to be renovating or upgrading their venues lately.

We’ve been busy working alongside our existing customers completing post mix system and beer system upgrades.  Many new customers have recently begun enjoying our reliable customer service.  Furthermore, they are benefiting from our competitive pricing policy.

The hot weather seems to have left us in the southern states.  This seems like a good time to have a think about doing any improvements to your venue drinks dispensing area.  It may be a simple case of rearranging a few things for better work flow.  Maybe its time for some more serious repairs to take place in preparation for the busy summer months latter this year.

You could be in the early stages of planning a new venue.  Even if its currently just a thought bubble, we can probably help get you thinking up new ways and ideas to improve your venue.  Why?  Because its what we spend most of our days doing.  We visit so many venues on a daily basis, where we are exposed to many different ways to set things up.  Workflow is not only important to profits, its also important to your staff.  When workflow is efficient, its much more user friendly for your staff to work with.  We work alongside you and help you to best plan and design workflow efficient bar for your situation.  Not some off the plan design that doesn’t suit your needs.

Thinking about upgrading your post mix system or not happy with your current supplier?  You do have options.  Call us to find out if we can offer a more affordable, reliable option for your drink dispensing requirements.  In addition, we are fiercely proud of our back up service on both our own equipment and also our customers’.

Qualified and certified technicians

In addition to our post mix and beer systems services.  Did you know we have fully qualified and insured commercial refrigeration technicians on our staff?

We are arctick certified to work on all refrigeration systems.  Our license and certification allows us to repair our own equipment in house.  This is important as it ensures time efficient repairs to equipment with less downtime to you.  This also ensures that we are repairing our systems in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

Some post mix suppliers aren’t licensed to repair their own equipment.  They can’t repair the refrigeration part of their own machinery.  They’re required to use outside contractors.  This delay in repairs can be very disruptive to your business during peak times.  For example, during a special event, maybe you are hosting a wedding at your venue.

We can also assist you in the event of any refrigeration system failures you may have at your venue.

When you need our services due to a refrigeration system breakdown contact us.  Our team can normally fix any issues you may be having quickly and efficiently.

Need advice on where to start?  We are happy to to help out in any way possible.

You can contact us by phone on 0407 802 155 for our post mix products & services or email –

Summer in full swing

Summer is still here


What a great summer we’ve had in Melbourne this season.  How is your post mix system coping so far?  If your feeling frustrated with the reliability of your current post mix dispensing system, especially if you are constantly being let down during peak trading times, maybe its time to have a chat with us. You can contact us through our website contact page, by email or by phone on 0407 802 155.

Summer is a high demand time in our business.  This time of year large amounts of stresses are put on our machinery, sometimes testing its ability to cope with the stifling conditions it performs in.  You can’t afford to not have ice cold post mix drinks available for your customers’ when they ask for them on these hot days.  You need reliable equipment to work with.


Summer in full swing Postmix gun up close


This summer our post mix equipment has performed extremely well for our customers.  They know they can rely on us to ensure they have ice cold drinks when its hot outside, so we make sure our dispensing equipment is maintained and serviced regularly. This minimizes the risk of breakdowns during peak serving times.

If your current supplier is letting you down during your peak serving times due to regular equipment breakdowns, maybe their equipment just isn’t up to the task during peak summer days.  Get in contact with us and find out how we keep our customers’ drinks ice cold, even on the hottest of days.

Don’t forget we also have fully qualified and insured commercial refrigeration technicians on our staff, who may be able to assist you in the event of any refrigeration system failure you may have.

If you require our services to help maintain your refrigeration or post mix equipment, or even just advice, feel free to contact us so that any issues you may have can be rectified quickly and efficiently.

You can contact us by phone on 0407 802 155 for our post mix products & services or email –

Commercial Refrigeration Repairs

Commercial Refrigeration

We help a lot of our customers out when their commercial refrigeration systems fail.

Although commercial refrigeration service and repairs is not our core business, we do have fully quailfied and insured technicians who are always willing and able to try and help out our customers when an unfortunate breakdown  in their system does occur.

If you find yourself in this situation, give us a call and we will do our best to help you in any way possible.

Recently we helped a customer when they asked us to investigate a loud noise coming from their main refrigeration system.  On arrival we were confronted with quite a ‘mature aged’ unit dating back to the early 1970’s.  It was in quite a state of disrepair unfortunately.

This unit was still operational, but just barely.

Before works began

Commercial Refrigeration Condensing Unit


At our customers’ request and for the sake of nostalgia, we set about rebuilding and retrofitting this condensing unit while keeping within a planned budget.

This unit is a Kelvinator Y72 Belt drive condensing unit over 40 years old, and it is from an era when we still manufactured quality items in Australa.  We always enjoy working on equipment that was made to last.

We are confident that with a little bit of regular preventative maintenance this unit will continue to reliably and consistantly help our customers to serve ice cold drinks from their refrigerated cabinets for many years into the future.

Completion of Works

Kelvinator Y72 Refrigeration Condenser

If you have any commercial refrigeration questions about your existing equipment, or are considering an upgrade, feel free to get in contact with us any time if you would like us to help or discuss how you can maintain your systems more efficiently.

You can contact us by phone on 0407 802 155 for our post mix products & services or email –

Post mix drinks. Keeping the fizz!

Carbonation of your post mix drinks

All those bubbles in your post mix drinks do more than just look good. They help to bring out the flavour in a drink and play a big part in how good a soft drink tastes. These bubbles are produced when we mix CO2 with filtered water in a post mix machine

An important warning about CO2

CO2 is colourless, odourless and can cause asphyxiation under the right circumstances. You need to ensure you have the right measures in place at your venue, such as installing a CO2 monitoring system, and trying to locate CO2 bottles in outdoor areas.  Keep CO2 cylinders standing upright and secured to walls to prevent them accidentally being knocked over, to keep your staff as safe as possible. Speak to your gas supplier or relevent authority for more information.

Carbon Dioxide Caution Sign for post mix drinks system

Do you seem to be using more CO2 than normal?

You may have a gas leak on your post mix system

How to check for a CO2 gas leak

1. Before you begin checking for leaks, make sure the area you are entering is safe. This means ensuring it is ventilated with fresh air, and or you are using the correct safety procedures and equipment for the location.
2. Turn off the CO2 Cylinder valve completely by turning the valve anti clockwise. (This shuts off supply to the entire system)
3. Observe the reading on the contents guage. (The guage on the LEFT hand side of your CO2 regulator)
4. If the pressure stays the same for 2 minutes and does not drop quickly, there is no leak
5. If the pressure drops steadily there is a leak on the system.

What to do if there is a leak

Try checking the sealing washer on the gas regulator flex arm connector, at the point that it attaches to the cylinder valve, and ensure the handle is tightly fastened to the cylinder.
Listen for any unusual hissing noises from the system
Make sure there are no empty BIB boxes on the system
Repeat the leak test
If the pressure continues to drop steadily, turn off the CO2 cylinder & call Refresh Beverages for breakdown service on phone 0407 802 155

You can contact us by phone on 0407 802 155 for our post mix products & services or email –

2017 Turbo charge your post mix beverage profits

2017 An exciting year ahead for post mix supplies

We welcome all of our current post mix customers to 2017. We look forward to working with you and being of assistance in any way we possibly can during the next 12 month

melbourne new years eve fireworks RBS post mix

2017 is going to be a great year.

Tired of paying the exhorbitant prices the major bottlers are demanding for your syrups and systems?

Now is a great time to contact us to find out how we can help significantly  improve your profit margins with your soft drink beverages during the year ahead.

Our customers are located throughout Melbourne metro and country Victoria.  Considering a change?  Contact us to find out how we may be able to assist you with your soft drink supplies.

In 2017, we are looking forward to helping many more businesses to reach their goals, by continuing with our mission  “To provide our customers with quality products and value-added services”.

A quick recap of our products and services:  We supply and maintain all of our dispensing equipment at our cost.  This means you can concentrate on what you do best, running your business.  Our syrups can be around 50-70% cheaper, and still we maintain our high quality and standards.

You can contact us by phone on 0407 802 155 for our post mix products & services or email –



Post mix spring cleaning & preparing for summer

Warmer weather ahead in Victoria

Spring has finally arrived in Melbourne after a rather chilly winter.   It brings with it new opportunities, as well as signifying that its time to start preparing our businesses for the warmer months ahead.

At Refresh Beverages, we have developed quite a few new relationships with a lot of new customers recently, and would like to take this time to shout out a very warm welcome to you all.  We hope you enjoy working with us as your postmix supplier during the future years.

outdoor bar in spring

Spring cleaning

Spring is a great time to assess how our businesses are traveling in the hospitality industry.  Its a time for new beginnings, new products and importantly, new business relationships.  If you are ready to start making some real profits from your post mix drink systems, why not give us a call to find out how we may be able to help.

You can contact us by phone on 0407 802 155 or by email anytime.  We look forward to helping you in any way we can.

We think Spring is a great time for you to start thinking about your post mix drink and refrigeration systems, and if they are ready to cope with the coming summer heat.  You need to check that they are not blocked up with dust that has accumulated over the colder months.  A simple visual inspection will alert you to any potential problems.

We aim to perform general spring cleaning on all our our post mix dispensing equipment by the end of Spring.  This helps ensure it runs smoothly and reliably during the peak summer months, and so should you.

If you require our services to help maintain your refrigeration or post mix equipment, or even just advice, feel free to get in contact with us by phone on 0407 802 155 or email : so that any issues you may have can be rectified quickly and efficiently.



Post mix gun cleaning- general house keeping

Post mix gun cleaning

Post mix gun cleaning is important because it helps to ensure you get the highest possible quality drinks from our post mix dispensing systems.

All Post mix equipment needs to be cleaned and maintained correctly, this shows your customers that you are serious about serving the highest quality postmix drinks possible to them.  It also helps to minimize equipment downtime caused by unnecessary, sometimes preventable breakdowns.

Post mix gun cleaning - General house keeping


Post mix gun cleaning is quick and easy.

  1.  Wash your hands thoroughly before you begin.
  2.   Use a clean cloth to wipe down all the external surfaces daily, this includes the steel flex hose.
  3.   Remove the gun nozzle by twisting and removing it off the main gun body.
  4.   Clean the diffuser on the gun with a small brush and rinse it with warm water (NOT boiling).
  5.   Clean the inside and the outside of the nozzle with a small brush and rinse with warm water.
  6.   Give the top plate and buttons a clean with a small brush to remove any built up residue.
  7.   Reconnect the nozzle to the main gun body
  8.   Wash out the gun drip cup with hot water (NOT boiling) to remove any residue.
  9.   Finally, test that everything is working correctly.
  10.   Great work!!  Your ready to start pouring clean, ice cold post mix soft drinks.

By taking just a few minutes each day with this routine, you are helping to make sure you are serving your customers the freshest post mix drinks possible.

These simple steps will help you to get the most from your Refresh Beverage Systems post mix drink system, and could even help to alert you to any potential minor issues which may be about to occur with your equipment.

If you don’t feel confident to have a go at cleaning your post mix gun yourself,  please feel free to contact us, one of our technicians will be happy to talk you through it over the phone, or to arrange for someone to drop in and demonstrate  any procedures your not sure about.  We are always happy to help.

You can contact us by phone on 0407 802 155 for our post mix products & services or email –


The Perfect Post Mix Drink

Have you tested your post mix system today?

We believe that you or a staff member should be the first person to have a drink from your post mix system every day before trade. Why? Because if the drinks aren’t  good enough for you, then they’re not good enough for your customers.

This is your best opportunity to make sure your system is operating correctly before trade.

Go on. Have a drink.

post mix drink being poured

If you are having problems pouring a high quality post mix drink, here are a few simple things to check that you are doing right.

1st. Always ensure your glass is clean, and has no glass cleaner soap residue build up.

2nd. Angle your glass to ensure you are pouring your drink down the inside wall of the glass. This can help prevent loss of carbonation and helps maintain the ‘fizz’,  producing a better finished drink.

3rd. Make sure you add clean ice. This will ensure your drink remains cold and carbonated for longer.

4th. Garnish to finish off the drink, if required.

5th. Enjoy!!

Quick, easy and simple ideas and reminders to help you serve the best quality post mix drinks from Refresh Beverage Systems postmix syrups and systems.

Feel free to get in contact with us any time if you would like us to help show your staff how to serve our post mix drinks more efficiently. We are more than happy to help.

You can contact us by phone on 0407 802 155 for our post mix products & services or email –