Foundation Stone for «AQUA LUNA» Bottling Plant

Rainforest is pleased to announce that on June 23, 2021 with a small ceremony, the foundation
stone laying begins on this plant, with a total investment of $ 5.6 million dollars and cutting edge
technology. This Bottling Machine will be complying with sustainable development goals for this
particular area in Ecuador. The «Aqua Luna» Mineral Water Bottling Plant project is set in the
Province of Tungurahua, Ambato canton, Santa Rosa Industrial Zone. It will have a construction area
of 4,800 m2 where the automated bottling machinery and the maneuvering yard for the bottling
process will be installed.
The plant is aimed at bottling mineral water from the spring concession called Agua Luna. This name
was given by the company, which meets the higher quality standards for human consumption as it
is enriched with natural minerals from the Chimborazo volcano. This volcano is the highest volcano
in the world, considered from the center of the Earth. Rainforest has the concession to use 1.2 l/s
for a period of ten years but may be extended to 25 years.
The construction will take approximately 5 months and the plant is expected to be fully operational
by the end of November 2021.
Within the framework of social responsibility and environmental principles, the company will
comply with 5 of the sustainable development objectives of the United Nations, which implies:
1 End of poverty; The company will hire inhabitants of the deprived community within the area of
influence, to be part of the operations.
5 Gender equality; 60% of the company’s labor force will be composed by women from the
community in the project’s area of influence.
8 Decent work and economic growth; The company will comply with all the labor regulations
established in Ecuador for dignified work and will bring a new industry to the Ambato sector, giving
a strong impulse for economic development of this region.
10 Reduction of inequalities; Indigenous communities will be the driving force for the development
of this project, supporting them with work and the creation of a trust with seed funds to be used to
provide these deprived communities with productive enterprises to improve their standard of living.
13 Climate action; The trust that will be created also intends to provide support to the Chimborazo
Wildlife Reserve to help them mitigate the degradation of the paramo, which is an important source
of water storage and which is currently at high risk due to the livestock activities that are developed;
the protection of the Luna water source and its recharge area during the operation of the plant will
be the company’s priority commitment.