Nestle Waters, the water division of the Swiss-based food and drinks conglomerate, has announced that it has acquired the Sparkling Spring Mineral Water Co., a leading home and office water distributor in the Great Lakes region. No financial details of the deal were disclosed.

The company said the acquisition offers considerable opportunities for synergies as it continues to strenthen its position as the leading player in the North American bottled water market.

The Sparkling Spring Mineral Water Co. of Vernon Hills, Illinois, was founded more than 100 years ago and was a family-owned concern. It generates around 85% of its sales through home and office delivery with the remaining 15% of the business coming from retail sales. The company employs 250 people and covers a tri-state area taking in southwestern Wisconsin, northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. In 2001, the company achieved a turnover of $33m, representing a total volume of 86m litres.

The acquisition is in line with the strategic development of Nestle Waters' US division, formerly known as the Perrier Group of America. The company's growth has hinged on the development of 15 strong regional brands, each among the strongest in their respective markets, allied with a targeted acquisition programme. Nestle Waters North America is the clear market leader in the US bottled water market, with a share of 32.5% in 2001.