Nestlé Waters Canada Hope plant achieves CBWA Excellence in Manufacturing award and NWNA Company-wide awards recognition

To Press Releases listApr 26, 2011

Nestlé Waters Canada Hope plant achieves CBWA Excellence in Manufacturing award and NWNA Company-wide awards recognition

Facility scores 97.3% following surprise NSF International inspection

DISTRICT OF HOPE, British Columbia – Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage choices, today announced that its bottling facility has achieved Excellence in Manufacturing standing from the Canadian Bottled Water Association (CBWA) as well as Supply Chain of the Year, Logistics Excellence and Quality Excellence recognition from its parent, Nestlé Waters North America.
The Hope plant shared its Supply Chain of the Year and Logistics Excellence recognition with its sister plant in Puslinch, Ontario. The supply chain award recognizes superior performance across a number of key performance indicators, including cost-management, overall productivity, overall performance, quality and safety. The logistics award recognizes exemplary performance in the areas of logistics and transportation. This is the first time the Canadian organization has won this award.
The Quality Excellence award recognizes outstanding performance in the areas of audit, customer complaints, line health, quality, etc. Hope previously won this award in 2005, 2006 and 2007. It also won the most improved quality award in 2006 and a manufacturing award in 2005.
The CBWA Model Code is a quality assurance program with more extensive requirements than federal and provincial authorities demand. Beyond federal and provincial regulations and regular annual inspections, CBWA bottlers like Nestlé Waters Canada are subject to a third level of regulation involving independent inspections, water testing and analysis, and adherence to the CBWA Model Code.
As a condition of membership, the Company must pass an annual, un-announced plant inspection administered by an independent, internationally-recognized organization. This inspection audits quality and testing records, reviews all areas of plant operation from source through finished product and checks adherence to the CBWA Model Code and its code of ethics. The CBWA code of ethics adheres to a philosophy of sustainable development, environmental protection and collaboration with local communities in the management of the water resource.
A second condition of membership is that bottlers pass an annual water analysis administered by an independent government-certified laboratory and regularly conduct microbial testing by qualified personnel.
“We are extremely proud of these achievements as they confirm the quality of our manufacturing processes and, ultimately, the quality of our products,” said John Zupo, President, Nestlé Waters Canada. “It is through rigorous testing and adherence to high standards such as this that consumers can have confidence that we are producing and distributing a high-quality, healthy beverage choice.”
“Achievements such as these speak very well of the continuous commitment to manufacturing and logistics excellence by each and every one of our employees at our Hope bottling facility,” said David Thorpe, Director of Supply Chain, Nestlé Waters Canada. “With respect to the CBWA recognition, there was no advance notice of this inspection. NSF International audited our operations during a typical day in our manufacturing facilities. We are very pleased with their review of our operations. All of our employees should be extremely proud of this achievement.”
“On behalf of CBWA, I want to congratulate Nestlé Waters Canada on achieving this very high manufacturing standard,” said Elizabeth Griswold, Executive Director, CBWA. “Our association members produce the highest quality bottled water in the world and Nestlé Waters Canada typifies the quality consumers can expect when they purchase bottled water produced in Canada.”
About the Canadian Bottled Water Association
The Canadian Bottled Water Association (CBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters. Founded in 1992, CBWA's membership includes Canadian bottlers, distributors and suppliers. CBWA is committed to working with Health Canada, which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, and provincial governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products. Additionally, CBWA requires member bottlers to adhere to the CBWA Bottled Water Model Code, which mandates additional standards and practices, which in some cases, are more stringent than federal and provincial regulations. A key feature of the CBWA Bottled Water Model Code is an annual unannounced plant inspection by an independent, third-party organization.
For more information about CBWA, bottled water and a list of member’s brands, please visit our web site at www.cbwa.ca or contact:
Elizabeth Griswold
Executive Director
Canadian Bottled Water Association
Telephone: (905) 886-6928
Email: griswold@cbwa.ca.
About Nestlé Waters Canada
Established in 1970, Nestlé Waters Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé Waters North America of Greenwich, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, bottling facilities in Hope, British Columbia, and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia; Puslinch and Laval, Quebec, approximately 450 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.
For further information, please visit our web site at www.nestle-waters.ca or contact:
John B. Challinor II   APR
Director, Corporate Affairs
Nestle Waters Canada
Telephone: 1 888 565-1445, Ext. 6441
Email: john.challinor@waters.nestle.com
Jamie Jo Alton
National Public Relations
Telephone: (416) 848-1370
Email: jalton@national.ca