Nestlé Waters has made a significant upward revision to the number of job cuts it is planning to implement by 2007, a report in French business newspaper, Les Echos, claims.

In November last year, the company confirmed a programme of shedding almost 750 staff by 2007 through an early retirement scheme, which would target workers in the 57+ age bracket.

However, the company is now eyeing as many as 1,047 job cuts over the next three years or so out of a total workforce of almost 4,200 staff.

No one was immediately available to comment on the report at Nestle Waters France whose main brands are Vittel, Contrex and Perrier.

The plants hardest hit by the cutbacks will be Vittel (378 job losses), Source Perrier à Vergèze (356) and Contrexéville (282). The company's HQ at Issy-les-Moulineaux, in the Paris suburbs will shed 28 staff while three jobs will go at the plant in Quézac.