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ABOUT US

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OUR STORY

Born and raised down-under, best friends, Melanie Barnish and Cara McIlroy have called Hong Kong home for several years, after relocating from the Gold Coast, Australia. Having both worked in the city’s thriving fashion industry for many years, they began to feel the repercussions a busy lifestyle of a Hong Kong city dweller has on ones body. With no suitable detox options available at the time, Genie Juicery was born.

As certified Health Coaches from the school of Integrative Nutrition, the girls have put themselves in good steed to educate Hong Kong’s health conscious. Originally a juice detox program, Genie Juicery has been delivering cold pressed juices since 2011. With the demand for healthy options growing in the city, the girls took the leap and opened their first flagship store in the iconic ifc shopping mall. Now selling juices, smoothies, nut mylks, cold brew coffee and raw food, Genie Juicery is a one stop destination for all things healthy in Hong Kong.

Learn More About Our Founders
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MELANIE BARNISH
Co-Founder Genie Juicery & Acting Director

Originally from Sydney Australia, Melanie Barnish (formerly White) is one half of the savvy duo behind well-liked juice brand, Genie Juicery. Melanie completed her schooling on the Gold Coast Australia, attaining a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Events Management at Bond University.

Growing up amongst the great outdoors, health and fitness has always been a big part of Melanie’s life. Always keeping fit and active, playing different sports and health conscious, it was no surprise when Melanie’s passion helped forge a successful career in the juice industry. However, it was the fashion circuit that originally caught Melanie’s attention.

After university, Melanie successfully started her own footwear and handbag range, frequently travelling to Hong Kong and China where she oversaw the product development and manufacturing of her own designs. From the years 2006 – 2011, Melanie’s products could be found throughout major fashion houses across Australia and New Zealand.

After a move to Hong Kong, where she initially dabbled in some modeling, Melanie soon gained employment for swimwear brand Sunseeker. Heading the design team for the Australian brands international range, Melanie saw the expansion of the brand, selling in over 16 countries worldwide. The job took her around the world, attending trade fairs in Paris, London, New York, Sydney, Italy and Spain.

Coming back to her roots, Melanie and school friend Cara, saw a massive health gap in Hong Kong. Having both worked in the city’s thriving fashion industry for many years, they began to feel the repercussions a busy lifestyle of a Hong Kong city dweller has on ones body. With no suitable detox options available at the time, Genie Juicery was born. As certified Health Coaches from the school of Integrative Nutrition, the girls put themselves in good steed to educate Hong Kong’ heath conscious. Originally a juice detox program, Genie Juicery has been delivering cold pressed juices since 2011. With the demand for healthy options growing in the city, the girls took the leap and opened their first flagship store in the iconic ifc shopping mall. The store opened in August 2014 and is successfully selling cold pressed juices, smoothies, nut milks, cold brew coffee and snacks to Hong Kong’s health crazed. Genie Juicery is a one-stop destination for all things healthy.

Plans are in place for Genie Juicery to expand throughout Asia in the coming years with more store locations in the works and product development on the horizon. With Melanie ‘s flair for all things entrepreneurial, this brand is destined for great things.

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CARA MCILROY
Co-Founder Genie Juicery

Hailing from Australia, Cara McIlroy is co-founder of popular juice brand, Genie Juicery, whose outlet is situated in ifc shopping mall, central Hong Kong. Cara was born in country Victoria, this is where her love for animals was ingrained and went on to spend a majority of her adolescence in Brisbane.

A mixture of Australian, Singaporean, Swiss, Irish, Thai, German and Arabic, Cara’s unique heritage helped direct her towards a formidable career as a model and TV presenter. Starting out her profession in Singapore, she was quickly lured to the hustle of Hong Kong as a promising 21 year old model. Cara has walked for the likes of Dior and Max Mara and has shot a host of commercials, print ads and fashion editorials for magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Clair. A highlight was appearing alongside supermodels Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell in a Duran Duran music video. In 2010 the popular celebrity model branched out into TV hosting, debuting on Channel V, Star World and National Geographic Channel.

Being an avid health nut, Cara and school friend Melanie, saw a massive health gap. Having both worked in the city’s thriving fashion industry for many years, they began to feel the repercussions a busy lifestyle of a Hong Kong city dweller has on ones body. With no suitable detox options available at the time, Genie Juicery was born. As certified Health Coaches from the school of Integrative Nutrition, the girls put themselves in good steed to educate Hong Kong’ heath conscious. Originally a juice detox program, Genie Juicery has been delivering cold pressed juices since 2011. With the demand for healthy options growing in the city, the girls took the leap and opened their first flagship store in the iconic ifc shopping center. The store opened in August 2014 and is successfully selling cold pressed juices, smoothies, nut milks, cold brew coffee and snacks to Hong Kong’s health crazed. Genie Juicery is a one-stop destination for all things healthy.

As a wife, mother, dog lover, business owner and career lady, Cara is a woman who wears many hats. And with plans to open more Genie stores throughout Asia, this mum-trepreneur isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

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Our first two stores. New Street, Sheung Wan (2012), Leung I Fong Street, Sai Ying Pun (2013)

OUR HUMBLE BEGINNING

We started juicing out of our own kitchens, creating the flavours we still sell today! From there we have had small shops in Sheung Wan and then Sai Ying Pun. We very quickly outgrew these shops and were forced to close shop and relocate to bigger and better things…

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Our Flagship Store: Shop 2096B ifc Mall

HONG KONG’S ORIGINAL RETAIL JUICERY

Our flagship store is located in the iconic ifc mall, Central! We bought a factory and a truck and continue to deliver our cold pressed juices to the juice hungry Hong Kongers!

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OUR NUTRITIONIST

Gabrielle K. Tuscher, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian/Nutrition Therapist, Global Nutrition & Wellness Consultant

As a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, and principle wellness consultant for leading hotels, spas, and the food and beverage industries worldwide, Gabrielle Tüscher, MS, RDN belongs to a leading class of nutrition experts. She is a talent in the kitchen, a nutrition educator, a counsellor, food scientist, writer, and an innovator of luxurious nutrition and wellness brands of real distinction.

Recognized as one of the leading nutrition authorities, Gabrielle serves as contributing editor for a host of publications, regularly writing articles on current nutrition issues and trends. She has been quoted in over 20 national publications including the International Herald Tribune, Harper’s Bazaar, Newsweek, Travel & Leisure, and Vogue. Gabrielle obtained her Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and Food Studies from New York University.

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