about us

Helping create amazing experiences


Who are we

We're the drinks experiences experts

Frankie founded Black Pineapple in 2016 after spending over 25 years in the drinks industry in the UK & NZ. From bartending & running top UK bars through to Sales, Marketing, Brand Activation, Education, and Advocacy.  Frankie fundamentally believes that life’s too short to drink shit drinks – and Black Pineapple is here to help!

Favourite cocktail: Spritz Italiano


Ben Newman

General Manager

Ben gained his passion for drinks and operations working in some of the country’s top cocktail spots. Ben’s attention to detail and creativity help to drive and inspire everything that we do.

Favourite cocktail: East 8 Holdup


Dave Ryan

Event Specialist

Also known as The Landlord, Dave is our events specialist, ensuring every single drink we serve is at the peak of perfection – from batching and bottling to taking care of our amazing events staff so they do the same for you. Dave’s happy place is being at the front line at our events, libating happy customers.

Favourite cocktail: La Paloma


Missy McCulloch

Event Operations Manager

Missy brings over 15 years of hospo experience to the Black Pineapple team ranging across bars, restaurants, working as a brand ambassador, and even running 42 Below’s vodka university!
Missy’s eye for detail, love of systems, and commitment to order ensures that we execute every event with precision and poise.

Favourite cocktail: Space Gin Smash


Jessie Billows

Customer Service/Sales Manager

Jessie swapped working front of house in high-end restaurants to head up customer service and sales here at Black Pineapple in 2021, and thank heavens she did!
Jessie’s hospo / customer service background multiplied by drinks knowledge and passion means our customer’s experiences are in the best possible hands.
Favourite cocktail: Put the Rum in the Coconut

Brendon Leung

E-Commerce Operations Manager

Brendon ensures that every drop in every bottle in every box we send out is perfectly balanced, packaged, and presented. Brendon’s perfectionism, accuracy, and impressively calm nature brings consistency and co-ordination to our cocktail packaging realm. Brendon also moonlights as our official stills photographer, reigning supreme in the in-house studio he built.

Favourite cocktail: Jungle Bird


Olive Watson

Design & Digital Support

Olive came to Black Pineapple in 2022 to get hands-on in the world of digital marketing and creative design. Olive’s fierce work ethic and creative approach to projects has lent itself perfectly to our custom projects and social media platforms.
Favourite cocktail: Margarita

What we take care of

What we take care of


Campaign Management


Drinks Concepts


Drinks / Bar Theming


Staff Training and Education


Kit, Ingredients, Procurement


Staffing with experts


Bar & Equipment hire


Pack in / Pack out


Event Execution


Event and Duty Managers