Clear Alaskan Glacial® Water Wins Bronze Medallion at International Water Competition

Anchorage, ALASKA USA, March 1, 2017 – Alaska Glacier Products, LLC announced its premium brand of bottled glacial water, Clear Alaskan Glacial® was awarded a Bronze Medallion at this year’s Gourmet Waters International Competition. The event, sponsored by Agency for the Valorization of Agricultural Production (AVPA), was held in Lyon, France in February 2017.

The International Competition judged more than 50 waters from over 20 competing countries. The waters were classified into 6 categories, 4 still and 2 sparkling, and judged by a panel of experts, gastronomes, taste specialists, and representative of the "Academie Culinaire de France." Entrants were judged for overall quality, as well as character, taste and elegance. Clear Alaskan Glacial® received the Bronze Medal in the light still water category and earned the distinction of being the only USA water in the competition to receive a medal. At the show’s finale, Clear Alaskan Glacial® received the "Most Talked About" award and was described by the jury as, "envied by some, but adored by others."

Clear Alaskan Glacial® water is a distinctive and premium glacial water that appeals to consumers who are health and environment conscious. The water is sourced from the pristine Eklutna Glacier in Chugach State Park, just outside Anchorage, Alaska. Eklutna Lake was created with snowfalls that began more than 25,000 years ago, and continues to be replenished by a glacial ice sheet that covers over 30-square-miles. The Lake is unique in the world as an above-ground source of virgin water that has not been "recycled" underground. The glacial water requires minimal processing, which includes filtration and disinfection to ensure that the natural minerality of the water is rich in ions and electrolytes at a seasonal pH of 7.8.

Gregory Galik, Founder of the Clear Alaskan Glacial® brand, was pleased and proud at the news. "Clear Alaskan Glacial water is America’s premium water. It offers natural pH, great taste, and an iconic package and label that say "Ahh-laska." Galik emphasized that consumers have many choices in bottled water, and he hopes this award helps persuade them to buy premium water that is responsibly sourced for natural quality and consistency – and from the U.S.A. Some bottled waters are marketed by massive global operations, so it’s harder for consumers to determine where the water they buy actually comes from.

About Alaska Glacier Products, LLC
Alaska Glacier Products, LLC is Alaska’s only bottled water manufacturer. The company’s 48,000 sq. ft. bottling facility is located near Eklutna Glacier and Lake just outside of Anchorage, Alaska. Founded in 2011, Alaska Glacier Products provides pristine glacier water to markets in Alaska, North America and Asia. For more information please visit our brand website: clearalaskan.com or our company website: alaskaglacier.com. Learn more about the AVPA at www.avpa.fr.

More information: info@alaskaglacier.com 731 I Street Suite 103 Anchorage, Alaska 99501 907.688.9287 clearalaskan.com

Clear Alaskan Glacial Water Wins Silver at International Taste Competition, Guangzhou, China

Recognized for quality and exceptional taste

Anchorage, ALASKA USA, July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Alaska Glacier Products, LLC announced that its premium brand of bottled glacial water, Clear Alaskan Glacial®, has been awarded a Silver Medal for Best in Taste at the International Fine Waters Tasting Competition. The event, which was sponsored by the Fine Waters Society, was held in Guangzhou, China, June 29 to July 1, 2016.

Some 70 waters from around the world were classified by category, from low to high minerality, and judged for overall quality, including appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel and aftertaste. In the low minerality category, the Silver medal for best-tasting water was presented to Clear Alaskan Glacial®.

Clear Alaskan Glacial® water is a distinctive, premium glacial water that appeals to consumers who are health- and environmentconscious. The water is sourced from the pristine Eklutna glacier in Chugach State Park, just outside Anchorage, Alaska. Eklutna Lake was created with snowfalls that began more than 25,000 years ago, and it still continues to be replenished by a glacial ice sheet that
covers over 30-square-miles. The Lake is unique in the world as an above-ground source of virgin water that has not been “recycled” underground. The glacial water requires minimal processing, which includes filtration and disinfection to ensure that the natural minerality of the water is rich in ions and electrolytes at a seasonal pH of 7.8 to 8.2.

Upon receiving the Silver medal at the Awards Ceremony, Gregory Galik, Founder of the brand Clear Alaskan Glacial® was pleased and proud: “Clear Alaskan Glacial water is America’s premium water, and coming from Alaska, offers natural pH, great taste, and iconic package and label that say “Ahh-laska.” Galik emphasized that consumers have many choices in bottled water, and he hopes to persuade them to buy premium water that can be sourced for quality and consistency – and from the U.S.A. Some bottled waters are marketed by massive global operations, so consumers can’t really determine where the water they buy actually comes from.

About Alaska Glacial
Alaska Glacial Products, LLC is a manufacturer of water and beverage products that is located in Anchorage, Alaska. Founded in 2011, Alaska Glacial Products is one of the most Northern beverage companies in the world, and supplies pristine glacier water to markets in Alaska, North America and Asia. For more brand information please visit: clearalaskan.com. Learn about the Fine Waters Society at finewaters.com.

Abundant Alaskan Glacial Water Soon to Flow to Western United States

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2014 , Anchorage, Alaska USA -­‐ One of America’s most unique beverage companies, Alaska Glacier Products LLC, announced today that their CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL® (www.clearalaskan.com), brand of premium glacial drinking water will launch sales to retailers in Western US markets this month of September.

Long popular in the Alaskan home market, the launch of CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL® culminates a year of planning, said Gregory Galik, Alaska Glacier Products Vice President.   “The State of Alaska has close ties with all the Western States, and in particular the Western States, from which nearly half of our Alaska tourism comes each year. Galik commented, “By bringing “Alaska” pure water to these markets, we offer the ability for the consumer to as we say, “Grab a Glacier to Go™,” and enjoy the purity and taste of a natural drinking water born from Alaska’s glaciers.”

Alaska Glacier Products will introduce the pure and pristine brand with distribution partner Nature’s Best (Powered by KeHE) of Brea, California. Nature’s Best (Powered by KeHE) is a California-based distributor of health and natural and organic products selling to all market formats in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and throughout the western, central, and southern U.S.

10,000 years in the making – CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL® water, is a premium and unique glacial water, that attracts consumers who are health and environmentally conscious. CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL® water is sourced from the pristine Eklutna glacier lake in Chugach State Park, at 275m elevation. The source water originates at the Lake, a vast turquoise-blue body of water that is a drought-resistant natural reservoir. Runoff from the Eklutna Glacier and snowfields drains into the eight-mile-long lake, which has an available water supply of approximately 220 million gallons a day. In a world of stressed pure water resources – the few pure and abundant sound reservoirs left can be found in the Arctic glaciers. Eklutna Lake is unique in the world as an above ground source for natural water which has never been ‘recycled’ underground.

Helps balance the effects of stress – This glacier water has a high natural mineral content and is rich in oxygen and low in nitrates, and bottled without any additives. The high base alkalinity of the water makes CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL® water exceptionally beneficial in hydrating the body and releasing the harmful toxins that cause ailments. Stress is a leading cause of acid-based disorders, and high levels of acidity combined with low mineral levels have been known to be at the root of many diseases including cancer and auto-immune conditions. CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL®   glacier water helps the body combat the effects of stress by neutralizing excess acid in the stomach.

Environmentally friendly – In an era in which many regions of the Unites States face drought and stress of their acquifer and groundwater resources, CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL® is sourced from the Eklutna Glacial Lake.   The Eklutna Glacier meltwater replenishes the lake everyday, and is one of the few clean and abundant natural reservoirs on planet earth. As a land-locked source, the lake provides over 30mm gallons a day to power turbines for electricity that power filtering equipment and processing of the water for bottling.

Distribution – With the announcement today, Galik emphasized that the consumer has many choices in bottled water, but, for the sake of the environment, he encouraged consumers to buy premium water that is closer to home, and to support the “Buy USA” message that will help to strengthen America’s manufacturing. We are providing our water in an environmentally responsible manner by shipping southbound from Alaska on vessels that would normally be returning empty. For Southwest states, we are moving our water on trucks that would normally be empty heading southbound for fresh produce hauls northbound.

Much water comes in bottled form to the consumer from mega-enterprises on a commercial scale that the consumer can’t really determine where the water may have come from. “Our company is one of the few that is an All-Alaskan owned business, hence our motto, ‘Real Water – Real Alaskans,’” said Galik.  

Alaska Glacier Products, LLC is a manufacturer of water and beverage products located in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Glacier Products is one of the most Northern beverage companies in the world, and has been providing pristine glacier water to markets in Alaska, North America and Asia since 2011. All sales for the brand are managed by Breakout Sales and Marketing, 530 830-2694.

Operating from a state-of-the-art facility, Alaska Glacier Products is owned by one of Alaska’s well-known Alaskan Native village corporations, Sea Lion Corp of Southwest Alaska. Stewards of the sea and earthnearby, native Alaskan shareholders of Sea Lion support environmentally responsible projects that will support future generations to come. For more information about Alaska Glacier Products: www.alaskaglacier.com.

Nature’s Best (Powered by KeHE) was founded in 1969 and the family-owned company is the only dedicated distributor to the natural products industry today. Headquartered in Brea, CA with Nature’s Best delivers to retailers throughout the Western, Central and Southern regions of the United States, Hawaii, Alaska and Asia. For more information about Natures Best: www.naturesbest.net.

Alaska Brands Group LLC, Enters Into Agreement To Combine With Alaska Glacier Products LLC – Creating Alaska’s Largest Beverage Company

Lynn Allingham, CEO and President of Alaska Brands Group LLC (ABG), announced today that the company has entered into a sale agreement with Alaska Glacier Products LLC (AGP), that will combine the companies to create Alaska’s largest beverage company. The sale transaction will constitute a purchase of select assets of ABG, and a merge of marketing, sales and manufacturing functions.

The merger brings together Alaska’s two largest “homegrown” producers of beverage products. Allingham noted that “This merger will enable increased operational efficiency and provide a better synergy for our customers. With AGP’s focus on newly expanded facility and high volume production, the proposed merger will facilitate the international growth of the Clear Alaskan Glacial® premium brand. AGP will gain access to ABG sales and distribution in markets located in the Alaska, North America, Asia and Europe.

Joe Van Treeck, President and CEO of Alaska Glacier Products noted “By merging the two companies we are enhancing our ability to provide a full range of products to fit the needs of our customers,” said Van Treeck. “Internally, it allows all of our departments; Sales, Customer Service, and Manufacturing, to be more efficient and deliver goods quickly to our customers.

Founder of Alaska Brands, Gregory Galik will move into the role of EVP Marketing & Sales at Alaska Glacier Products. Galik is a well-­known Alaskan with a strong entrepreneurial background who created the premium CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL brand in 2012. Experienced in marketing Alaskan value-­added products, Galik will lead the marketing and sales effort, which includes a network of sales reprentatives in five countries in Asia and Europe.

Both organizations were founded in Alaska, and Alaska Brands Group is known for launching the return of bottled water production in Alaska, with well-­known brand Clearly Arctic, in 2011, which was previously produced by Matanuska Maid. Lynn Allingham CEO of Alaska Brands commented that building an enterprise following the 2008 worldwide financial meltdown was difficult, but has been rewarding. Many investors and shareholders have allowed us to grow this vision for our Alaskan glacial water, she said. “The merger will bolster our competitive ability in the markets we serve.”

Clear Alaskan Glacial® Water Begins Flowing in the Peoples Republic of China

Alaska Brands Group, LLC, producers of Alaska’s premium natural glacial water brand, CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL®, has announced a marketing, territory and sales partnership with one of China’s premiere food marketing organizations, CHIC Foods of Shanghai, China. Recently ranked in the top three for exceptional taste at the 2013 World Water Expo, CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIER will be available throughout the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) beginning September 1, 2013.

“We are pleased to announce our entry in the Peoples Republic of China,” said Gregory Galik, Founder and Chairman, Alaska Brands Group. “Our announcement today concludes a year of planning for entry into what is one of the fastest growing global economies and largest consumer markets for premium bottled water. It also adds to a strong Asian presence for CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL which is currently selling successfully in Japan, Korea and Taiwan.”

Tom Chin, Strategy Director for Chic Foods in Shanghai, China is also pleased with this new marketing relationship. “Chic Foods is honored to partner with Alaska Brands Group to introduce CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL in China. Chic is known for its work to source pure, high-quality food and beverage products for our customers in China. We searched the world for the finest water that matched our quality standards, and believe that CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL will be well received in our country.”

Clear Alaskan Glacial Announces Distribution in Japan with Alaska Trading Co Ltd.

Alaska Brands Group LLC, makers of the award-winning, premium natural glacial water from Alaska, CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL®, announces its partnership with Alaska Trading Company, of Tokyo, Japan.

Beginning immediately, Alaska Trading Co will take on the roles of marketing, sales and distribution for CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL to retailers nationwide throughout Japan. “We are very pleased to announce Alaska Trading Co Ltd as our new distribution partner in the country of Japan,” said Gregory Galik, Founder of Alaska Brands Group, and the CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL brand.

Alaska Trading Co Ltd is founded by well-known Japanese entrepreneur Masafumi Aoki. “Masa has lived in Alaska; is a graduate of the University of Alaska; and his enthusiasm for Alaska, and our precious resources of seafood and abundant glacial water are unsurpassed,” said Galik. Masa Aoki commented that “Alaska has a long appreciation with the Japanese people, and is a popular winter and summer visitor destination. Alaskan seafood is the best in the world by reputation. I believe that our CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL water will meet with great customer approval.” Our team here in Japan will offer the consumer a natural, premium American water brand produced to highest US standard.”

Alaska Brands Group to Debut New Branding and Label Design for Worldwide Launch of CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL® Water

Alaska Brands Group LLC, (ABG), Alaska manufacturer of glacier water products, is set to debut a new brand name and packaging redesign for its premium glacial water line. The new brand will debut as CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL®, and will replace Alaska Brands flagship glacier water brand Clearly Arctic™. The Clearly Arctic™ brand has been in Alaska and North American markets since 1998.

The brand and label refresh was initiated in 2011 after a series of consumer insights suggested that the brand could be making a bigger visual impact on store shelves, and a better distinction was needed to differentiate CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL water, as a true natural glacier water product. The bold, streamlined look has already peaked interest internationally, and is set for store shelves in North America, Asia, and Pacific markets, January, 2012.

About the Design – the new product brand design showcases a sophisticated, yet authentic Alaskan look and feel for CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL water, as it stands to compete in multiple global markets. The placement and design of the stylized crystal glacial flake provides a universal symbol of purity from the Arctic and Alaska’s glaciers. From our new logo, branding and messaging, the public will soon recognize CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL water the premium and perfect bottled water of choice.

Greg Galik founder of ABG, stated that there has been much confusion in the marketplace from many brands that claim to be “Glacier Water,” which are not, and he hopes to spread the word that a distinct, flavorful and functional beverage awaits them with the CLEAR ALASKAN GLACIAL genuine brand water. Galik commented the results reflect the best of what we’re all about, Alaska, purity and taste.