Talking about drinks without mentioning bottled water is impossible. Bottled water is a necessity and provides the convenience on needs because it’s difficult to find water that is safe to drink and healthy. Ryan Emmons identified a gap in the market that he could fill.
Forbes revealed that he co-founded Waiakea water, a Hawaiian water bottling company at just the age of 22. The product he created was sustainable since it provided the consumers with the health benefits with an environmentally friendly packaging. According to Gust, after co-founding Waiakea Water, Ryan realized that there were very few young people in the beverage industry.
He noticed that most of the individuals in the industry were over the age of 50. According to Ryan, the only way to get it right was to surround himself with other young entrepreneurs in the beverage industry. Since it was founded in 2012, reports have shown that the water bottling company has grown by 4000 percent.
The annual growth is 170 percent, considering the company moved from 2,304 cases to selling 122,400 cases in three and half years. The increase in the number of local distributors and business with companies such as Whole Foods is responsible for Waiakea Water’s steady rise.
The source of the water is snowmelt and rain on the snow-capped peak of Mt. Loa Volcano. It is one of the purest environments on the planet.
The water passes through 14000 feet of volcanic rock and gets enriched with minerals such as potassium, silica, magnesium and calcium, making it healthy for the skin and bones. Ryan says studies show that drinking 10 mg of silica in water reduces the risk of contracting Alzheimer’s. Learn more about more Waiakea Water: http://www.noobpreneur.com/2015/05/06/exclusive-qa-with-ryan-emmons-founder-of-waiakea/
Waiakea Water has a pH of between 7.8 and 8.8 which makes it naturally alkaline. Purified/pure water has a pH of 7.0. Medical experts advise that artificially alkaline water should not be consumed on a daily basis because it has side effects.
The company aims at ensuring that its actions do not negatively affect the environment. They have campaigned against deforestation in America. The company is also recognized as the first bottled water brand in the U.S which is carbon-neutral. Their manufacturing process reduces carbon emissions by 90 percent.
Waiakea Water has partnered with Pump Aid, a non-profit by providing 650 liters of clean water to the disadvantaged communities in Africa. The organization has provided 1.35 million people with clean and safe water to date. They have also established 3,200 Elephant Pumps to enable people to draw water from the wells.