Waiakea Hawaiian Volcano water has stood out in the bottle industry from the very beginning. It’s founder, Ryan Emmons, is a young entrepreneur in an industry he describes as being a bit of an old boys club. Every now and then a new game changing water comes on the market amidst the “old boys” that haven’t changed much in decades. Seemingly, they spark quickly and their flame dies just as fast.
That can’t be said for Waiakea, who have seen 1,000% growth from 2014 to 2016 and over 4,000% growth in the past 3 years. Waiakea Hawaiian Volcano water currently has a $10 million dollar valuation and that is only expected to continue on a growth trajectory. Their success is largely due not only to the high quality of their volcano water, which is very alkaline and provides unique health benefits, but to the way Emmons founded and runs his company.
Waiakea was founded to not only provide an exceptional product but one that has a true dedication to being socially conscious and making real and measurable change. For every liter of water they sell, Waiakea donates 650 liters of clean drinking water to places it is needed most. The water crisis in this world is getting worse every day and the impact Waiakea is making is very tangible. They formed a unique partnership with Pump Aid, a company that provides pumps with clean water to places in Africa with no access. To date, they have donated over 4,000 pumps that provide fresh water to over 400,000 people every single day.
Not only does the company focus on giving back, their product itself is sustainable and the packaging is environmentally friendly.
Today’s consumer loves to rally against a company that gives back, and it’s no surprise that Waiakea has jumped from a startup to one of the fastest growing companies in America.
They were recently named number 414 on the INC 500 list of fastest growing companies in America. This award is a true benchmark for success, putting them toe to toe with brands like GoPro and Microsoft, and additional companies that have been industry leaders for decades.