What started the ball rolling?
On a hot Texas afternoon in the mid-2000s, then-high school teacher Merrilee Kick was sitting by her pool grading papers when she had a hankering for an alcoholic beverage. She thought it would be cool to sip a cocktail out of a plastic container versus a fragile cocktail glass
Merrilee came up with BuzzBallz’s signature spherical shape thanks to a memento in her house—a glass votive from a recent family trip. She was at a sporting goods store when a can of tennis balls served as inspiration for a pop-top she could use.
After graduating with an MBA, Merrilee tirelessly researched the industry and took out a loan to launch her company. She enlisted her family to help get the business off the ground and now BuzzBallz are sold nationally! These pre-mixed cocktails are also sold internationally.
The environmental commitment
The BuzzBallz/Southern Champion mission is to create fun, innovative cocktails for people to enjoy around the world with a vision to reinvent happy hour. We recognize that operating sustainably is vital to our ongoing success, growth, and the ability to deliver on our mission. We have identified several areas of importance and have aligned them with our mission and guiding principles. We are dedicated to environmental, social, and governance improvements that foster a sustainable future and lead to social and economical improvements in the communities we do business.