As one of the most hated industries, the bottled water industry is hard to break into. Even though it’s one of the most popular drinks in the world, it’s not an easy business. Ryan Emmons stepped up the change the face of the game. He saw the massive hole that was sitting in the middle of the market, to be filled by a water company full of socially conscious elements.
Most people in the beverage industry are over 50, leaving it hard for Ryan Emmons to find connections within the industry. Soon he found other young entrepreneurs that he clung to, seeking advice and support in each other.
Even though he wasn’t noticed at the beginning, everyone is noticing Emmons now. His Waiakea water company has grown 4,000 percent since he founded the company at age 22, in 2012.
Forbes revealed that Waiakea Water has experienced a 170 percent per year increase since its founding, expanding from selling just over 2,000 cases per year to selling over 122,000 per year. The company’s current value is an astounding $10 million.
According to PR News Wire, Waiakea springs their water from the snowmelt and rain from the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. As one of the purest sources on the planet, the water passes through almost 15,000 feet of rock before it develops its signature elements. Waiakea’s water is packed with minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It is also rich with electrolytes and is naturally alkaline, helping to fight osteoporosis and acid reflux. Learn more about Waiakea Water: http://www.noobpreneur.com/2015/05/06/exclusive-qa-with-ryan-emmons-founder-of-waiakea/
This unique water company was built on charitable initiatives. As a firm believer in giving back, Ryan Emmons partnered with PumpAid to help give fresh, clean water to underserved communities. For every bottle of water Waiakea water sells, 650ML are donated through PumpAid. So far, Waiakea water has helped give over 500 million liters of water to communities in Africa.
What truly sets them apart from their hated rivals is the company’s commitment to sustainability. They are the first premium water bottle company to be rated CarbonNeutral and their product is bottled in an eco-friendly factory. The packaging is made entirely from recycled bottles and from a source that replenishes itself every 30 days.