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The Northern Territory news Wed 2 Sep 2015



The Northern Territory news Wed 2 Sep 2015

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 2 2015 BUSINESS 19 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA A HOME-grown company has taken its first steps towards establishing the Top Ends first bottled water company, with big plans for overseas sales. NT Beverages yesterday announced the official opening of its $12.5 million pumping station and bottling plant, which will employ 60 contractors during construction and at least 14 fulltime staff during production. NT Beverages CEO Hugh Jones said the companys Acacia Hills pumping station and East Arm bottling plant have the capacity to bottle as much as 96,000 litres of water a day. Our extraction permit allows us to draw six litres per second, producing 96,000 litres daily, which is less than an average mango farm in the area uses, he said. After extraction the spring water will be treated at the factory through a range of filtration systems including micron, carbon, sand and ozone and will be HACCP and ISO certified. The company planned to build its bottling plant at Acacia Hills, but after consulting neighbours decided to truck water three times a day to East Arm. The water will be bottled in five retail sizes under the Akuna Springs brand, as well as boutique, sparkling products sold in glass bottles under a premium Akuna Blue label. We are building our local client base, which will include Metcash, Woolworths and will export through Darwin Port to China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Nauru and India, he said. We also hope to supply Northern Territory indigenous communities through ALPA and Outback Stores because 10 per cent of our profits will be used to support community programs. National design and construction firm Ahrens will manage the building of the bottling plant, which is expected to start production next February. Mr Jones said the company has committed to a clean, green product, with the plant designed to achieve a five-star energy rating and run 65 per cent solar power. Water operation a bottler Pure water from the Territory will soon be enjoyed around the world, with a local company about to start extracting and bottling the liquid from an Acacia Hills site. As well as being sold in local supermarkets, Akuna Springs and Akuna Blue water will also be exported to Asia and the Middle East. CRAIG DUNLOP After extraction the spring water will be treated at the factory through a range of filtration systems including micron, carbon, sand and ozone and will be HACCP and ISO certified. NT Beverages CEO Hugh Jones with non-executive chairman Warren Staude have committed $12.5 million to build a water-pumping station and water-bottling and processing plant to produce locally sourced Akuna Springs still and sparkling bottled water Picture: IVAN RACHMAN SELLOUT SALE FREE Delivery to Darwin CBD Area 3 Clips 3 Chains 3 Lanyards 3 Rigid card holders 3 Soft PVC card holders 3 Retractable card and key holders 3 PVC cards Celebrate a month of inspirational speakers and events. Book now www.obm.nt.gov.au OVER 165 EVENTS Registrations open