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Nestle Waters North America has received the green light to extract spring water from a site in Chaffee County, Colorado, as part of the group's strategy to source more water locally.

Following clearance by local authorities, received on 23 September, Nestle said yesterday (5 October) that it will source water in Chaffee Country for its Arrowhead Spring Water brand.

The move is part of Nestle's plan to "regionalise" its bottled water operations in North America, in an effort to reduce environmental impact and costs.

"For several years, Nestle Waters has been evaluating spring sites in Colorado to serve its customers in the Rocky Mountain region," the group said.

As a condition of sourcing water in Chaffee County, Nestle said it has agreed to "augment - drop for drop - all water collected for spring water production". It must also produce a strategy on how it intends to protect local wildlife and manage the local environment.

The firm will also pay US$500,000 to fund students on environment-related courses, as well as offer contracts to local construction companies and hire at least half of its lorry drivers from the local area.

Nestle Waters executive vice-president John Harris said in July that the group was eyeing acqusitions in emerging markets, after seeing sales struggle in North America and Western Europe.


Sectors: Water

Companies: Nestle, Arrowhead Water

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