Santevia, National Vitamin Company Win DSN/ECRM Buyers' Choice Awards

Santevia Water Systems won the Drug Store News/ECRM Buyers’ Choice Award for its Santevia Power Stick portable water filtration technology during ECRM’s recent Vitamin, Weight Management & Sports Nutrition EPPS. National Vitamin Company was a finalist with its Veterans Multi Vitamin Pack.

The two companies were selected from dozens of entries in the award program, samples of which were displayed in the ECRM hospitality area during the EPPS meetings. Buyers cast their votes based on product innovation and packaging.

Founded in 2007 by Yvonne and David Anderson, British Columbia, Canada-based Santevia Water Systems' line of filtration products are designed to improve the health benefits of water.

Its Santevia Power Stick portable water filtration system is designed for healthy water on the go, with the company touting its ability to reduce chlorine by 99.9%. It also adjusts water's pH to mildly alkaline by reintroducing minerals that promote ionization and oxygenation, which helps the body maintain its active equilibrium, according to the company. It can be added to any water bottle, then shaken for 30 seconds. Each power stick makes 300 bottles of clean, mineralized, alkaline water. Using the product also prevents thousands of single-use plastic water bottles from entering the landfill each year.

Family-owned and operated, Casa Grande, Ariz.-based National Vitamin Company manufactures more than 600 general and custom products under such various brands as Nature's Blend, as well as various private-label programs.

The company originally developed the Veterans Multi Vitamin Pack as a cause promotion to give back to events sponsored by the Veterans Administration and has since expanded its reach into sponsorships of veterans in such additional events as the Paralympic Games. Veterans featured in its vitamin packs are participants in VA National Rehabilitation Games or sports clinics.