Open Water Takes Top Spot on Inc. Magazine’s List of the Midwest’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

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Climate Neutral Water Brand Open Water Ranks No. 1 on Prestigious Inc. Magazine’s List Showing Consumers are Shopping for Sustainability

Open Water started with a simple mission: to stop plastic bottles from ending up in the ocean, so it’s inspiring to see that there’s a passion from both individuals and businesses to join us to make a real difference for our planet.

Inc. magazine today revealed that Open Water took the No. 1 spot on its 2021 Inc. 5000 Regionals: Midwest list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the region.

Open Water pioneered the canned water category in 2014, and last year became the world’s first certified Climate Neutral water brand. The company packages its ultra-purified still and sparkling water exclusively in infinitely recyclable aluminum bottles and cans, providing a more sustainable alternative to plastic, glass, and cartons.

With a 3-year growth rate of over 2,400%, Open Water is making a real impact that is also shaking up the bottled water industry. The company is aiming to eliminate 1 billion plastic bottles within the next 5 years.

“We're honored that Open Water is listed among so many impressive companies, and I really couldn’t be prouder of our team." says Nicole Doucet, Co-founder & CEO. "Open Water started with a simple mission: to stop plastic bottles from ending up in the ocean, so it’s inspiring to see that there’s a passion from both individuals and businesses to join us to make a real difference for our planet.”

“This list proves the power of companies in Midwest states no matter the industry,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “The impressive revenues and growth rates prove the insight and diligence of CEOs and that these businesses are here to stay.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 Regionals: Midwest, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, metro area, and other criteria, can be found at https://www.inc.com/inc5000/regionals/midwest starting March 16, 2021.

CONTACT: Jess Page | jess@drinkopenwater.com | (305) 771-1357

About Open Water
Open Water is on a mission to fight ocean plastic pollution. The company pioneered the canned water category and offers water in 100% recyclable aluminum bottles and cans, eliminating the need for plastic bottles. Open Water is also the world’s first certified Climate Neutral water brand and donates a portion of each sale to ocean conservation projects.

Open Water’s lineup includes still and sparkling water in reclosable 16-ounce aluminum bottles and still water in 12-ounce flip-top cans.

All three products are available at a wide range of retailers across the country and online at drinkopenwater.com. For more information, questions, or compliments (especially compliments!), please email info@drinkopenwater.com.

Open Water is a proud member of 1% For The Planet and is a certified Women-Owned business (WBENC).

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Regionals

Methodology
The 2021 Inc. 5000 Regionals are ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2017 and 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2017. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2019. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2017 is $100,000; the minimum for 2019 is $1 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons.

About Inc. Media
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com.

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