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|Headquarters||Issy les Moulineaux, Paris, France|
|John J. Harris (CEO)|
Number of employees
Key Facts and figures (2011)
Sales: 6520 M CHF
Nestlé Waters has roughly 32,200 employees and includes 64 distinct brands such as Nestlé Pure Life, Arrowhead, Poland Spring, Acqua Panna, Resource, San Pellegrino, Perrier, Vittel, Buxton, Ozarka. In 2008, Nestlé Waters became the largest bottled water brand in the world.
1845: Henri Nestlé establishes his first lemonade and water bottling factory.
1866 Foundation of the Nestlé Group
1969: Acquisition of a 30% stake in the Société Générale des Eaux Minérales de Vittel in France
1974: Acquisition of the German Blaue Quellen group
1987: Nestlé S.A. takes a majority stake in Vitter and joins with Arrowhead
1992: Acquisition of the Source Perrier S.A. Source Perrier SA Group.Nestlé becomes the leading player on the world bottled water market, under the name of Nestlé Sources International (NSI)
1996: NSI changes its name to accelerate its international development and becomes: Perrier Vittel S.A.
1998: Take-over of Italy’s leading bottled water producer, Sanpellegrino S.p.A And Launch of Nestlé Pure Life, the first multi-site bottled water under the Nestlé Brand
2000: Simultaneous launch of Nestlé Aquarel, pan-European, multi-site spring water on six markets
2001: Acquisition by Perrier Vittel of Al Manhal, the leading bottled water company in Saudi Arabia which becomes the leading bottled water player in the Middle East region
2002: Perrier Vav Vittel becomes Nestlé Waters CEO Leader
2005: Nestlé Waters further develops its business on the African continent via the launch of Nestlé Pure Life in Nigeria and the creation of a partnership in Algeria
2006: Nestlé Waters acquires the majority shares in Erikli and becomes the Turkish market leader.
2007: Nestlé Waters acquires Sources Minérales Henniez S.A. and becomes the Swiss leader in the bottled water market. Joint venture agreements signed in Mexico and Chile.
2008: Nestlé Pure Life, has become in just a decade the world's leading bottled water brand, with 5 billion litres sold worldwide.
2009: Nestlé Waters strengthens its presence in two key emerging countries: in Brazil by acquiring Àguas de Santa Barbara in the São Paulo region; and in China by acquiring Dashan Drinks, the leading bottled water player in Yunnan Province
In 2009, a U.S. report entitled "Tour D'Horizon with Nestle: Forget the Global Financial Crisis, the World Is Running out of Fresh Water" involved the departments of agriculture, commerce, energy and environment science and technology as a result of Nestle executives from Switzerland advising of their research. One of the main aspects asserts that a high meat-based diet uses water inefficiently, particularly for an increasing global population. Livestock feed on crops that require high amounts of water such corn and soy. High demand for water overall has already created a drain on underground aquifers and other natural fresh water sources worldwide. Nestle estimates that: “There is not nearly enough fresh water available to provide this standard to a global population expected to exceed 9 billion by mid-century.” The report points out the need to attend to where water is being flowed and asks for greater efficiency in its global delivery.
Also in that same year of 2009, on April 23, during a Nestle Waters shareholders' meeting at the headquarters in Greenwich, Connecticut, a protest group arrived with the campaign of "Think Outside the Bottle" (from Corporate Accountabilty International, along with representatives from both Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation and Protecting Our Water and Wildlife Resources), claiming Nestle Waters, for the sake of increasing profits, overrided local rights to "community water resources" despite protective opposition. The campaign director Debora Lapidus said, "These water grabs are having long-lasting impacts on ecosystems and water supplies long held in the public trust." she said. One of the specific cases the organization protested against was regarding when Nestle bypassed a 2006 Shapleigh, Maine ordinance that aimed to maintain local control over water resources by accessing the law through the state level. Nestle officials responded by giving a progress report on their intentions for transparency with labeling their water sources and locations.
Nestlé Waters' Yearbooks
Nestlé Waters 2010 Yearbook: information about taste of water, healthy hydration, sustainability, environment footprint, Nestlé Waters brands...
The Project Water Education for Teachers (WET) Foundation is an independent, nonprofit educational organization that aims to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with objective, science-based water resources education. Nestlé Waters has been a global sponsor of Project WET since 1997.
- Nestlé Waters North America, Inc.
- International Bottled Water Association
- Corporate Accountability International
- Nestlé Pure Life
- List of Nestlé brands
- "The world already would be out of water if everyone ate like Americans". Reveal. 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
- Juliano, Michael C. (24 April 2009). "Group Asks Nestle to Stop Water Grab".