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Nestlé Waters NA Knows That Plastic Bottles, Water Sourcing Practices, Are Big Challenges

December 7, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé Waters North America CEO Fernando Mercé acknowledges that the bottled water business is going gangbusters – growth reached 6.2 percent in 2017 – but worries about the growing negative perceptions sparked by environmental concerns. For Nestlé, it’s a two-pronged challenge: plastic bottles and water sourcing practices.  The company is committed to having half of its bottles made from recycled plastic within six years. But the company seems unsure about how to deal with controversial water sourcing problems, which have caused high-profile public-relations issues. Nestlé faced boycott threats in 2016 after buying a well in Ontario that a Canadian township wanted to buy. It was also criticized that year for increasing the amount of water it was pumping from a source in Michigan, 120 miles from Flint, a city known for its water crisis.
Kate Taylor, "The CEO behind the biggest bottled-water brand in the world says the industry needs to solve a massive problem", Business Insider , December 07, 2018, © Business Insider Inc
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