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Owens-Illinois has completed its purchase of the Verrerie du Languedoc bottling plant in France, thereby expanding its “strategic relationship” with Nestlé Waters.

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The US-headquartered glass container manufacturer, which claims to be the world's largest, confirmed yesterday (26 July) that it has closed the purchase of the plant in Vergeze, near Nestlé Waters’ Perrier bottling facility, for around US$15m. The facility has a “long-standing” supply relationship with Nestlé Waters, O-I said, and the purchase will see O-I become “the leading supplier” of glass bottles for Perrier, as well as Nestlé Waters’ other water brands worldwide.

“As a result of this deeper strategic relationship with Nestlé Waters, O-I has the opportunity to support some of the pre-eminent brands in the water segment and reinforce glass’ position in this important category,” said O-I Europe's president, Jose Lorente.

When contacted by just-drinks yesterday (26 July), a spokesperson for O-I said that the firm would be providing bottles for San Pellegrino and Aqua Panna globally.

O-I announced its plan to to acquire Verrerie du Languedoc in November last year. The site employs 135 people.


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