In three weeks’ time, Ryan Emmons, the founder of Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water will be part of the Inc.5000 Conference & Gala. The annual event which will be held in California on the 10th of next month brings together innovative entrepreneurs such as Emmons whose companies are experiencing exponential growth. The Inc. Magazine recognizes such businesses by including them in its prestigious Inc.5000 list; in the list, Emmons’ company was ranked 414. On behalf of the company, Emmons said that the company was excited to be among prominent companies as it had always wished to be part of the list. He exudes confidence that Waiakea is yet to scale the heights of the water bottling industry.
Since it was founded in 2012, Waiakea has received many awards in recognition of its approach to business. Some of the awards the company has received include the 2015 Food and Beverage Innovation Award, Best Biz Award, and Dujour Award among other prizes. The recognition by the Inc. Magazine reinforces the ingenuity of Waiakea’s business model in the 21st Century’s competitive beverage industry.
Emmons approached the American beverage industry with the attitude that it is possible for his company to make profits in a sustainable and socially responsible way. To this end, Waiakea has been involved in environmental conservation and philanthropy. For example, in Mauna Loa—where the company sources its raw materials—Waiakea has initiated reforestation programs. Also, the company is working with experts to minimize adverse impacts of its operations on the environment, for instance, Waiakea will soon use biodegradable water packaging bottles.
Waiakea’s efforts to improve the welfare of the society is not only felt in America but also in some parts of Africa. Waiakea is well aware of the water crisis currently facing the world. The company donates 650 liters for every liter of the company’s water purchased. Parts of sub-Saharan Africa including Malawi have access to water and basic sanitation courtesy of Waiakea. In Malawi, Waiakea partnered with Pump Aid to donate over 4,000 water pumps that have benefitted over 500,000 deserving Africans. With an innovative approach to business, Waiakea’s star will continue rising in America and the world.