The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Lo­cal con­sumers of bot­tled wa­ter now have a health­ier choice on su­per­mar­ket shelves. Win­fresh, the pro­duc­ers of H2O Wa­ter, has added the vi­tal min­eral Cal­cium as a crit­i­cal part of the bet­ter health of con­sumers.

The H2O with Cal­cium prod­uct was just rolled out dur­ing a spe­cial launch at the Derek Wal­cott Square and was at­tended and ad­dressed by Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, Med­i­cal Prac­tion­ers, Mem­bers of the Man­u­fac­tur­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and the gen­eral public.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive for Win­fresh, Bernard Cornib­ert noted the com­pany’s de­ci­sion to rad­i­cally im­prove its wa­ter came af­ter re­search and testing lo­cally and in the UK. He noted that this move is part of Win­fresh’s phi­los­o­phy of bring­ing whole­somess and qual­ity to the con­sum­ing public. “Win­fresh will not bring prod­ucts that are in­ju­ri­ous to the health of the con­sum­ing public, whether in the short or longer term. And whereas for ex­am­ple, pu­ri­fied wa­ter might not cause sig­nif­i­cant harm to you in the short term, in the longer term it could. And that is why we are tak­ing a much longer term view of the prod­ucts that we put on the mar­ket and its ef­fect on the con­sumers. It is not only the H2O for ex­am­ple, we’ve launched to­day one of our juices and we have a num­ber of other prod­ucts I would ask you to look out in the next cou­ple months. Be­fore the end of this year, we will be launch­ing a num­ber of other prod­ucts com­ing from St. Lu­cia as well as St. Vin­cent and the other fa­cil­i­ties we have in the Wind­ward Is­lands”, said Cornib­ert.

Min­is­ter for Com­merce Hon. Emma Hip­polyte dur­ing her brief re­marks en­cour­aged lo­cal Man­u­fac­tur­ers to en­gage re­search as a ma­jor part of its prod­uct devel­op­ment to make their prod­ucts more mar­ketable. “…I am very pleased that Win­fresh has ac­tu­ally done this in­no­va­tion of adding cal­cium to their wa­ter. I’m hop­ing that in ad­di­tion to sup­ply­ing the lo­cal mar­ket that now they would fo­cus re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. I also wish to en­cour­age other man­u­fac­tur­ers that they too should fully en­gage re­search and devel­op­ment to im­prove their prod­ucts mak­ing them more mar­ketable and putting Saint Lu­cia ahead in the re­gion for qual­ity lo­cal prod­ucts and ex­ports” added Hip­polyte Im­me­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent of the Med­i­cal and Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion Dr Ta­mara Remy chal­lenged the public to do their own re­search when de­cid­ing on what prod­ucts to con­sume and also chal­lenged Win­fresh to de­liver what it has promised and Gov­ern­ment to meet its obligations to the public.

“…Gov­ern­ments and the sys­tems that they’re re­spon­si­ble for have a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity to all of us to pro­vide us with clean drink­ing wa­ter. Whichever Com­pany that gets in­volved in pro­vid­ing bot­tled wa­ter also have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide wa­ter that is good for us… Let me chal­lenge the public to do your re­search and find out for your­self if the cal­cium en­riched wa­ter is best for you. Let me also chal­lenge Win­fresh that the pos­i­tive benefits and ad­van­tages that they have pro­moted in this cal­cium en­riched wa­ter is con­tained the very prod­uct that will be pro­duced and con­sumed by the public,” ad­mon­ished Dr Remy Win­fresh H2O With Cal­cium is man­u­fac­tured in Saint Lu­cia and is the first wa­ter pro­ducer in the OECS re­gion to make this bold move to add cal­cium in its wa­ter to pre­vent the leach­ing of cal­cium from the body of con­sumers of pu­ri­fied wa­ter.

Win­freshs’ ladies un­veil the Cal­cium En­riched H2O at the Derek Wal­cott Square.

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