Nestlé Waters Canada Puslinch plant achieves CBWA Excellence in Manufacturing standing

To Press Releases listSep 27, 2010

Nestlé Waters Canada Puslinch plant achieves CBWA Excellence in Manufacturing standing

Facility scores 97.3% following surprise NSF International inspection

TOWNSHIP OF PUSLINCH, Ontario – 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 following a surprise inspection and audit  required by CBWA’s Model Code that was performed by world-renowned, independent auditor NSF International.

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 this achievement as it confirms 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.”

“An achievement such as this speaks very well of the continuous commitment to manufacturing excellence by each and every one of our employees at our Puslinch bottling facility,” said David Thorpe, Director of Supply Chain, Nestlé Waters Canada. “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, Canadian Bottled Water Association (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 NSF International

NSF International is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards writing organization headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan (www.nsf.org). NSF International’s Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program verifies both the quality and performance of auto aftermarket parts via testing and inspections. Additional NSF services include management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd. (NSF-ISR), NSF Standards and Protocol Development, NSF Education and Training programs, and NSF Environmental Sustainability Solutions. As one of the first registrars to be recognized by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) to conduct audits to ISO/TS 16949, NSF-ISR is a world leader in quality and environmental management systems registration serving the automotive industry. NSF-ISR also is accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to perform aerospace industry management system registration audits for AS9100, AS9110, AS9120, and AS9003. Located near the automotive manufacturing capital of the world, NSF International has over 1,100 automotive clients, more than 900 employees and certifies more than 275,000 products.
NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

For further information, please visit our web site at www.nsf.org or contact:

Greta Houlahan
NSF International
Telephone: (734( 913-5723
Email: houlahan@nsf.org

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