A new, sustainable and environmentally friendly water source for developed and developing countries.

Technology utilizing a waste fraction removed from juice during its concentration, can now be used to produce a new drinking water source.

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

AquaBotanical Beverages (Australia) Pty Ltd

Year founded

2014

Initiative stage

  • Scaling (the solution has passed the previous stages and is growing its impact on a regional or global scale)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1 - 10

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Australia

Headquarters location: City

Melbourne

Location(s) of impact

Australia: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Mildura
India: Mumbai, Chennai

Website

http://www.aquabotanical.com.au

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/AquaBotanicalBeverages/

Twitter URL

https://twitter.com/aqua_botanical?lang=en

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

The world is in urgent need for additional fresh clean water. Unsustainable demand for such fresh water is causing environmental catastrophe. The urgent short supply of clean drinking water is the cause for humans consuming unsafe water and the death of nearly 1800 children daily from water borne diseases. A new source of sustainable fresh water is essential and immediately required to sustain our environment and growing population.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

A solution for alleviating the shortage of fresh water can now be addressed using recently developed technology that unlocks a new sustainable and environmentally friendly botanical water source. The water is derived from a discarded aqueous fraction that is extracted from juice during juice concentration. This new global botanical water source creates shared value through reducing juice-industry demand for external operations water and by being saleable to commercial bottlers or provided to humanitarian dependent communities. India, the second largest sugarcane grower in the world and with 500 sugar mills, has potential to provide 60 billion liters of fresh botanical water to its dry nation. For humanitarian use, botanical water can be packaged sterile in 10 L pillow bags at the sugar mill site and distributed without risk of contamination to local communities that require fresh water.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Two pilot scale projects have been completed using the new technology of producing botanical water. In Australia, botanical water production in a juicing facility was scaled up commercially and bottled as AquaBotanical. The water was found acceptable as operations water for boiler and cooling tower use and the consumer water market reviews are excellent. In India, condensate from sugar juice evaporation was converted into potable water, raising the interest of sugar mills and the Vasantdada Sugar Institute to apply this technology to produce operations and drinking water. In both trials, the production of botanical water reduced the liquid waste load proportionally. Each ton of fruit or vegetable or cane juice was found to produce nearly 500 L drinking water at a cost of AUD 0.0003/L. Pulp remaining could be consumed by animals to give back to the land.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

The AquaBotanical brand has achieved early stage commercialization success in Australia, including production and sales to hotels, restaurants and cafes across the country. With the concept tested and accepted as a credible new water source, the major water market in Australia is grocery. The three major retailers, Woolworths, Coles and IGA (85% market share) have commenced discussions with the company to offer AquaBotanical in Still and Sparkling variants to their customers. Supply to IGA has already commenced and Coles/Woolworths will follow in early 2018. The business is currently financially supported 100% by shareholder funds and discussions with the National Australia Bank have commenced to support the 2018 growth in grocery sales which will be backed by grocery supply contracts.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

A new sustainable, patented water source has been developed that is uniquely derived from the fraction of juice that is discarded when juice is concentrated. It can provide drinking water in many countries where other water sources are failing, whilst not affecting existing juice or sugar production. In parallel, it is reducing environmental damage through reducing waste discharge from the juice concentrating industry globally. This same water source is also appealing to premium water consumers.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Whilst visiting a juice concentration facility in South Australia and after having noticed that fresh juice entering evaporators, was split into a reduced volume juice concentrate stream and a condensate, I had the “Aha” moment. My thoughts then were that the condensate is part of the juice so why throw it away? And so, the story began as to how I can purify this condensate from aromas, residual sugars and taste residues so it can be converted into a palatable, potable and storable drinking water source. I was aware that juice concentrators (fruit, vegetables, cane juice) were well distributed globally and this botanical water (1 trillion liters global potential) will help alleviate the global fresh water crisis.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Upon recommendation from others

Evaluation results

2 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

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4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 50%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 50%

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Idea is really promising. However, water is a low calorie drink, whereas any juice extraction will have quite high calories. Second, it has to be located near plant (high production of juice) and distribution may take not only efforts but will increase the cost. having said so, idea is good, and you may think of mixing it with low calorie water like rains.