As the drought enters the fourth year in California, bottled water plants in the state are facing a lot of flak. Nestle, with five bottling plants in California is no exception. Many residents are fed up with bottling plants that profit off the state's dwindling water supply.
Making the most of the severe drought in California Nestlé has been bottling 80 million gallons of California water a year and selling it back to the public at a ridiculous profit.
As if it wasn’t outrageous enough, when asked whether he would ever consider moving his company's bottling operations out of California, Nestlé Waters North America CEO Tim Brown refused point blank.
“Absolutely not – in fact, if I could increase it, I would,” he said.
"If I stop bottling water tomorrow," he went on to explain, "people would buy another brand of bottled water. As the second largest bottler in the state, we’re filling a role many others aren’t filling. It’s driven by consumer demand; it’s driven by an on-the-go society that needs to hydrate. Frankly, we’re very happy (consumers) are doing it in a healthier way.”
He may have a point, but people are in no mood for it:
.@Nestle you know your CEO won't even consider stopping bottling water in California during the drought? So, y'know...stuff it.— grahamclark (@grahamclark) May 14, 2015
Nestle, however, did announce plans to reduce the amount of water it uses at bottled water plants and other factories in California and to invest in technology to save water at plants.
They said they were working to convert a milk factory in Modesto to a "zero water" plant that can extract all the water it needs from milk – quite similar to a plant that opened in Mexico last year.
"Like everyone else, we have to adapt, and so doing our part is really looking to how we can improve," said Jane Lazgin, a spokeswoman for Nestle Waters North America.
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