Azure Water among 50 ‘companies to watch’

Azure Water Company continues to garner top honors after winning “The Best Tasting Water in The World” at the 2017 Berkeley Springs International Water tasting contest earlier this year, and now the Leesburg bottling plant has been hailed as one of 50 top Florida companies to watch, according to GrowFL.

Azure Water and the other 49 companies were selected from more than 500 nominees throughout the state for the award, hosted by GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. Azure’s management team, competitive market position, and strong community involvement were among the reported factors that put them in contention for the the latest award.

“These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” Dr. Tom O’Neal, executive director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute and associate vice president for the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and Commercialization, said in a press release.  “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets.”

Azure produces Natural Ionic Mineral Alkaline Water with pH9.5 plus, Purified Water and Natural Alkaline Spring Water.

Ally Liu, president of Azure Water, said the latest honor is a highlight for her company. “We take our role in serving the community as seriously as our commitment to ensure every bottle of Azure water leaves our plant free of contaminants and impurities,” she said in the press release.

The 50 companies named the 2017 Florida Companies to Watch generated a total of more than $1 billion in revenue and added more than 1,300 employees between 2012 and 2015, according to the release. Together, the companies project a 53 percent increase in revenue and 36 percent increase in job growth compared to 2016. Companies named to the list will be officially recognized Oct. 14, 2017 at the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa.

The winners:

  • 3D Digital
  • A1A Solar Contracting, Inc
  • AdRizer
  • Amazing Explorers Academy
  • Azure Water Company
  • Big Top Brewing Company LLC
  • Boys Electrical Contractors
  • Captozyme Inc
  • com, LLC
  • Cribb Philbeck Weaver Group
  • Dixie Belle Paint Co
  • Dougherty Manufacturing
  • GenCare Resources
  • Global ETS, LLC
  • Global Safety Management
  • Grimaldi Candy Company
  • Human Potential Healthcare Workforce Solutions, LLC
  • Hydra Engineering & Construction, LLC
  • Hydro-Dyne Engineering
  • Inspired Technologies iProcedures
  • JAX Refrigeration, Inc.
  • Jaycon Systems
  • Just Ryt Foods, Inc
  • Parks Consulting, Inc. (KPC)
  • Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice
  • Lightspeed Voice
  • LiveTrends Design Group
  • Lukos
  • Madrid Engineering Group, Inc.
  • Marion Precision Tool, Inc
  • Mini Doughnut Factory
  • com
  • Natural Vitamins Laboratory LLC
  • PropLogix
  • Raneys Inc
  • REDCON Solutions Group, LLC.
  • RedTeam Software
  • SawStreet LLC
  • Society+
  • Sorensen Moving and Storage
  • Spoleto My Italian Kitchen
  • Stickboy Creative
  • Up-Rev
  • Verdex Construction
  • Winco Mfg., LLC
  • Xplor Inc
  • Yachtico Inc.
  • Zennergy LLC

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