Waiakea Reports 2015 Growth, Opens New Investment Round

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19, 2016Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water announced today that 2015 marked the company’s most successful year to date. After reporting a 230 percent compound annual growth, the company, which has been lauded for its innovative triple bottom line platform of healthy, sustainable, and ethical initiatives and attributes, will start the New Year with a new investment round.

“In the past year, we saw partnerships with a variety of premier distributors, which included McClane, Sysco, JFC International, and Performance Food Group,” said Ryan Emmons, founder and president of Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water. “One of our greatest achievements thus far has been our expansion into premiere retailers such as Whole Foods, Wawa, Haggen, Meijer, Farm Fresh, as well as hundreds of other stores—this signaled Waiakea’s first launch into territories outside of the southwest, and outside of the core natural or specialty channel.”

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In a recent feature in Forbes, Emmons disclosed the bottled alkaline water brand’s explosive growth since its inception three years ago, which has since been revised to over 4,800 percent with a compound annual growth rate of over 230 percent to match, making Waiakea one of the fastest growing beverages in the country. Their direct-to-consumer online sales in 2015 alone grew almost 500 percent due to a strong focus on digital marketing and content.

In addition to exhibiting their fourth consecutive calendar year of triple digit growth, it was also recently announced that the naturally alkaline, carbon neutral Hawaiian volcanic water was among the most awarded bottled water brands in North America in 2015, some of which included the National Restaurant Association’s Food and Beverage Innovation Award (FABI) and the Best in Biz gold medal as The Most Socially Responsible Company in North America.

“I’m confident we’ll be able to expand on and exceed our past success this year, partly due to the number of strategic partnerships that will be revealed next quarter,” said Emmons, who was recently listed as one of the top ten industry disruptors for 2016 inBeverage World Magazine. “In the coming months, we will be announcing an expansion of our social platform, specifically in regards to partnerships with the Hawaii Conservation Alliance and another local nonprofit on the Big Island.”

Waiakea, noted for its purity, wealth of minerals, superior alkalinity, and ethical and eco-initiatives, has opened up a “Series A” preferred round to investors for expansion capital. And thanks to a record-breaking 2015, Waiakea is paying it forward for both communities and consumers by launching new philanthropic partnerships and a digital subscription service to be announced this month.

To learn more, please e-mail investors@waiakeasprings.com.

About Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water

Originating as both snowmelt and rain on the Big Island’s Mauna Loa volcano, Waia¯kea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is filtered through thousands of feet of porous volcanic rock, producing one of the most delicious alkaline and electrolyte-rich natural waters in the world. For every liter bought, Waia¯kea donates 650 liters of clean water to disadvantaged communities in rural Africa through Pump Aid. In accordance with the Hawaiian practice and notion of “ma¯lama i ka ‘a¯ina”, Waia¯kea is proud to be certified CarbonNeutral® for its variety of eco-initiatives.