480 Holdings LLC Release Plans for Premium Bottled Water from Fiji to Investors at San Francisco Event

Event images, Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Last week, investors gathered at the iconic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco to hear 480 Holdings Limited, LLC (“480 Holdings”) present and discuss their plans for a socially responsible, premium bottled spring water brand named Yaqara Water™ (“Yaqara”).

Demand for bottled water has steadily grown as consumers around the world shift away from sugary beverages towards healthier alternatives.¹ A number of investors were curious as to how this company is going to differentiate its offering from other bottled water companies, given the strong competition from premium water brands including Fiji Water™, and how the company proposes to improve the lives of the local population.

A lively discussion ensued with probing questions posed to the 480 Holdings team, including Bob Bishop, Founder; Patrick Scanlon, CEO; Ed Gawronski, CMO; Gobind Khalsa, CFO; and Brian Sudano, Board Member. The team outlined a business approach that is markedly different from that of their competition, with a commitment to renewable energy, stewardship of the adjacent rainforest, employment practices that include higher-than-market wages, and a firm commitment to contribute 1.0% of annual gross revenues to the 480 Holdings Humanitarian Fund to benefit the local Fijian people throughout the term of the firm’s 99-year land leases.

The company’s leases, comprising approximately 400 acres, include an additional government-provided 23 square miles of protective buffer zone. Within this zone, which serves as the natural recharge area for the 480 Holdings water source, solely 480 Holdings will be permitted to extract water. Furthermore, third-party experts Riley Consultants Ltd and Williamson Watery Advisory Ltd have confirmed that the 480 Holdings leases and associated buffer zone contain an abundant, annually renewing supply of pristine, premium drinking water.²

Visit the company’s offering webpage to read more about its $15 million convertible note, or have a look at its presentation slides and Q&A transcript.

About 480 Holdings Limited, LLC

Formed in 2015, 480 Holdings Limited, LLC is based in Tijeras, New Mexico. The company plans to bottle and sell premium Fiji natural spring…

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