Strong Growth for Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water
It’s been announced by Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water that they achieved 5,000 percent growth since the company started in 2012. In just the past year their product has been added to the shelves of almost 2000 stores in 30 states. Due to the rapid growth a new manufacturing facility will be built in Hawaii.
In a statement Ryan Emmons, founder of the company, remarked that they have gone from selling a few thousand cases a year to more than 120,000. Due this increase the company has donated 500 million liters of water to poor African communities.
Waiakea water encourages customers to “drink ethically”. According to a report from Ladistco, In a partnership with Pump Aid, Waiakea water donates 650 liters of water for every leter sold. Waiakea bottles, made from entirely from recycled bottles, also features a “naturally alkaline, mineral-rich, and electrolyte-packed product”.
Waiakea is also focused on sustainability, ethics, and health. They are the first premium bottled water company to be certified as CarbonNeutral.
Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water has been averaging annual growth of 170% and is valued at $10 million. In addition to being a United States brand they have also started branching out into international markets.
According to Crunchbase, Waiakea water is obtained from the Big Island’s Mauna Loa volcano. Filtering through thousands a feet of porous volcanic rock produces some of the most nutritionally enhanced water in the world. Waiakea spring water is obtained from a single source near the town of Hilo. In January of 2017, 10 Best Water ranked the their bottled water as the #1 best ranked volcanic water in the world.
Ryan Emmons founded the company on the healthiness of their water, being sustainable, and being charitable. The water they obtain comes from a sustainable, renewable source. In addition their packaging is designed to be sustainable and is made of 100 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate. This material needs 85% less energy to produce as compared to regular plastic bottles, reduces carbon emissions, and is BPA free.
The charitable work of the company is primarily focused on providing clean water to under-served African communities. So far they have donated water to over 1.35 million people and have distributed 3,200 Elephant Pumps. The Elephant Pumps, much less expensive than hand pumps, use technology to raise water and so provide needed water in these communities.