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Alkaline88® Achieves Record Sales at Leading Natural Food Distributor’s Show
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 23, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ and CSE: WTER) (the "Company"), the country’s largest independent alkaline water company and the Clean Beverage® company, is proud to announce that its flagship brand, Alkaline88®, was the number one best-selling brand at the 2022 KeHe Holiday Show which took place June 9-21, 2022 virtually and in Chicago.
"The buyers for natural grocery love Alkaline88®, and they proved it again this past week at the KeHE Holiday Show by making Alkaline88 the best-selling brand of the show," said Frank Lazaran, President and CEO of The Alkaline Water Company. "Alkaline88 has established itself as a top enhanced water brand in the natural grocery channel which caters to the health-conscious consumer. Our performance as the number-one-selling brand at the KeHE show bodes well for our continued strength in this very important retail channel."
KeHE, a longtime partner with Alkaline88, is a premium natural and organic food distributor to more than 30,000 natural food stores throughout North America. Their KeHE Holiday Show takes place in early summer every year in anticipation of the busy holiday buying season of October through December. Alkaline88®, which carries the trademarked "Clean Beverage®" label and contains just two ingredients, purified water and trace Pink Himalayan Rock Salt, has been attending KeHE shows since 2013. The brand had previously been the number-one brand by cases sold at the 2020 KeHE Virtual Winter Show.
"We’re also pleased to report that, while our 1-gallon has been a top-seller nationally in the natural grocery channel, we received significant orders for smaller sizes as well, expanding our brand within the channel," continued Mr. Lazaran. "With over 150 natural grocery buyers placing orders for Alkaline88 at the show, this is a positive sign of our continued growth through the second half the calendar year."
About The Alkaline Water Company:
The Alkaline Water Company is the Clean Beverage® company making a difference in the water you drink and the world we share.
Founded in 2012, The Alkaline Water Company (NASDAQ and CSE: WTER) is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Its flagship product, Alkaline88®, is a leading premier alkaline water brand available in bulk and single-serve sizes along with eco-friendly aluminum packaging options. With its innovative, state-of-the-art proprietary electrolysis process, Alkaline88® delivers perfect 8.8 pH alkaline drinking water with trace minerals and electrolytes and boasts our trademarked "Clean Beverage" label. In 2021, The Alkaline Water Company was pleased to welcome Shaquille O’Neal to its board of advisors and to serve as the celebrity brand ambassador for Alkaline88®.
To purchase The Alkaline Water Company’s products online, visit us at www.alkaline88.com.
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KeHE Distributors, LLC (KeHE) is the largest, pure-play distributor of natural & organic, specialty, and fresh products to more than 30,000 natural food stores, chain and independent grocery stores, e-commerce retailers, and other specialty products retailers throughout North America. With over 6,800 employee-owners, KeHE, a Certified B Corporation, drives its mission of serving to make lives better and bringing the next level of goodness, crazy GOOD™, throughout all aspects of its operation. For more about KeHE, visit KeHE.com or check out our social media channels: LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.
Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains "forward-looking statements." Statements in this news release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations, or intentions regarding the future. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, that the Company’s performance as the number-one-selling brand at the KeHE show bodes well for the Company’s continued strength in the natural grocery channel; and that with over 150 natural grocery buyers placing orders for Alkaline88 at the show, this is a positive sign of the Company’s continued growth through the second half the calendar year.
The material assumptions supporting these forward-looking statements include, among others, that the demand for the Company’s products will continue to significantly grow; that the past production capacity of the Company’s co-packing facilities can be maintained or increased; that there will be increased production capacity through implementation of new production facilities, new co-packers and new technology; that there will be an increase in number of products available for sale to retailers and consumers; that there will be an expansion in geographical areas by national retailers carrying the Company’s products; that there will be an expansion into new national and regional grocery retailers; that there will be an expansion into new e-commerce, home delivery, convenience, and healthy food channels; that there will not be interruptions on production of the Company’s products; that there will not be a recall of products due to unintended contamination or other adverse events relating to the Company’s products; and that the Company will be able to obtain additional capital to meet the Company’s growing demand and satisfy the capital expenditure requirements needed to increase production and support sales activity. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, governmental regulations being implemented regarding the production and sale of alkaline water or any other products; additional competitors selling alkaline water and enhanced water products in bulk containers reducing the Company’s sales; the fact that the Company does not own or operate any of its production facilities and that co-packers may not renew current agreements and/or not satisfy increased production quotas; the fact that the Company has a limited number of suppliers of its unique bulk bottles; the potential for supply-chain interruption due to factors beyond the Company’s control; the fact that there may be a recall of products due to unintended contamination; the inherent uncertainties associated with operating as an early stage company; changes in customer demand and the fact that consumers may not embrace enhanced water products as expected or at all; the extent to which the Company is successful in gaining new long-term relationships with new retailers and retaining existing relationships with retailers; the Company’s ability to raise the additional funding that it will need to continue to pursue its business, planned capital expansion and sales activity; and competition in the industry in which the Company operates and market conditions. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and Canada. Although the Company believes that any beliefs, plans, expectations, and intentions contained in this news release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that any such beliefs, plans, expectations, or intentions will prove to be accurate. Readers should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in the reports and other documents the Company files with the SEC, available at www.sec.gov, and on the SEDAR, available at www.sedar.com.
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