Nestle will bottle city water at new plant


PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- Nestle Waters is ceasing production at the Phoenix factory, effective immediately.

Phoenix factory manager, Hugues Larente made the announcement in a press release on Monday.

“In response to the competitive situation, we have been evolving our operations to meet our future needs and to position the company for long-term success. As another step toward that goal, we have made the decision to cease production at our Phoenix factory, effective immediately. We plan to move the existing production line from Phoenix to another factory to support growth in a different part of the country,” Larente said.

In 2016, Nestle spent $35 million turning the warehouse near 43rd Avenue and Buckeye Road into a facility which bottled several million gallons of city water each year. The facility opened in July 2018.

At the time, Nestle company officials said their plan to bottle Phoenix city water made good business sense.

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Nestle company officials said water delivery service will continue to operate as normal in Phoenix. They will move those operations to another location, not yet announced.

Arizona's Family reached out to the City of Phoenix for a statement on Nestle's decision, but we have not yet heard back. 


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