Blog: Water under the bridge
Chris Brook-Carter | 29 June 2004
As the deadline approaches for reaching an agreement with unions for around 1,000 job cuts at Nestle's unprofitable Perrier plant in France, the company's threats to sell off the water brand look increasingly weak.
Speculation has mounted recently, that Nestle would look to sell the brand if it cannot settle the row with unions at the plant. Nestle set a deadline of tomorrow to resolve the matter.
In the Wall Street Journal Europe yesterday, a number of analysts suggested that Nestle would find selling the brand harder than it thinks.
Rene Weber, analyst at Bank Vontobel, told the newspaper that he is confident the two parties will eventually resolve the conflict. “I still believe there will be an agreement. The unions have to be aware that any other solution, such as a sale to a third party, could hurt even more,” he said.
Nestle can't simply close the plant, because of the power of French unions and the nature of the business - a mineral-water plant is dependent on a well and can't be moved, analyst Patrick Hasenboehler at Bank Sarasin told the journal.
Selling Perrier to a financial investor might be a possibility, Hasenboehler said. However, a protracted struggle is the most likely scenario, he added. “I think it's entirely possible that Nestle continues to muddle through until some sort of solution appears.”
Although Nestle has said that it is a priority to reach an agreement before the summer holidays, the company has indicated it may extend the deadline beyond tomorrow if there is progress in the negotiations.
This weekend sees yet another “International Day” for a drinks category. Lucky us. Anyway, ahead of Sunday’s International Cachaça Day, here’s a wealth of information on Brazil’s national spirit, cour...
In yet one more sign that The Coca-Cola Co is losing its lustre, the soft drinks maker has, for the first time, fallen out of the top ten of a 'world's biggest brands' ranking....
What a week for stats! Yesterday, the Beverage Marketing Corporation released figures to show the bottled water market had more than doubled over the past 15 years in the US....
The Euro 2016 football tournament is almost upon us....
- The post-Brexit winners and losers - Analysis
- What Brexit means for drinks industry? - Analysis
- What does Brexit mean for AB InBev's SAB deal?
- Why has Heineken made a Formula 1 U-turn?
- Interview - Seedlip founder, Ben Branson
- Carlsberg to close UK distribution arm
- Pernod Ricard exec shuffle - Denis O'Flynn leaves
- Major spirits M&A remains out of sight - analyst
- C&C Group will be a Brexit victim - analyst
- Pernod Ricard to shut down Morris Winery
- Adultifying Soft Drinks; Capitalizing on rising adult demand for non-alcoholic beverages
- Global Scotch whisky insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global non-Scotch whiskies insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global RTD insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Spirits and Wine: Corporate Overview