Surge in bottled-water demand brings more business — and scrutiny — for Nestlé Waters
STAMFORD — Demand for bottled water in the U.S. is turning into a torrent.
By Paul Schott
July 16, 2017
Consumption has spiked as Americans have increasingly sought healthier alternatives to carbonated and sugary beverages in an option they see as safe and reliable.
The rise of bottled water represents a boon and challenge for Stamford-based Nestlé Waters North America, a dominant force in the market. To generate enough supply for its growing customer base, Nestlé Waters has submitted a controversial proposal to increase its production capacity at a Michigan spring. More bottles also create littering hazards. On both fronts, company officials said they are taking action to ensure their operations are environmentally sustainable.
“We are responsible water stewards,” Nelson Switzer, Nestlé Waters North America’s chief sustainability officer, said in an interview this month at the Nestlé Waters headquarters on Long Ridge Road. “We operate sustainably, and we understand water is a renewable resource as long as you manage the resource responsibly.”