FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday February 22, 2012
Facilities score 97.3% following surprise NSF International inspection
DISTRICT OF HOPE, British Columbia and TOWNSHIP OF PUSLINCH, Ontario – Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage choices, today announced that its bottling facilities have achieved Excellence in Manufacturing standing from the Canadian Bottled Water Association (CBWA).
As a condition of CBWA 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.
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.
“This achievement confirms the commitment to manufacturing and logistics excellence by each and every one of our employees at our Hope and Puslinch plants,” said David Thorpe, Director of Supply Chain, Nestlé Waters Canada. “It is important to note that there was no advance notice of the inspection. NSF International, which carried out the inspection on behalf of CBWA, audited our operations during a typical day in our manufacturing facilities. We are very pleased with this operational review. Each and every one 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:
Canadian Bottled Water Association
Telephone: (905) 886-6928
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 400 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
Jamie Jo Alton
National Public Relations
Telephone: (416) 848-1370