The name â€˜aQuellÃ©â€™ finds its origins in Latin and Germanic dialects. The Latin word â€˜aquaâ€™, which means â€˜waterâ€™ and the Germanic word â€˜Quelleâ€™, which means â€˜sourceâ€™ are joined to create the combination â€˜water sourceâ€™ â€“ aQuellÃ©.
aQuellÃ© is pronounced: aQua-ley, with the emphasis on the â€˜Quaâ€™.
Our bottling plant
Tucked away in the heart of Kwa-Zulu Natal, buried beneath TableÂ Mountain sandstone, flows aQuellÃ©â€™s exceptionally pure and precious natural spring water. In order not to use contaminated surface water, 70m deep boreholes have been sunk. The water is then pumped to the bottling plantÂ where it is filtered with a unique filtration system to ensure the highest level of purity.
In the bottling plant, aQuellÃ© makes use of unscramblers and airveyors to eliminate contamination of the packaging. All bottles and caps are rinsed with filtered, ozonated water. The aQuellÃ© product is flavoured, carbonated and bottled in a completely sterile environment. The plant is equipped with the latest filling technology. Flow-meter technology is used to avoid cross-contamination of product. In addition, all filling stations are located in laminar-flow units.
After being labeled and shrink-wrapped, the product is palletized and ready for distribution to all aQuellÃ©â€™s eager customers.
Due to the incredible increase in the demand for aQuellÃ©, it has been necessary to continuously expand the bottling plant and transport facilities.
The plant has expanded from a mere 360 square metres in 1998 to 10 000 square metres to date. The latest extension of 5000 square metres was implemented early 2007 and completed by summer.
Numerous advanced machines have been installed including a new filler, mixing system, blow-moulder and palletizer.
The new blow-moulding machinery shapes aQuellÃ©'s customized bottles for the carbonated 500ml range on-site.