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|Nestlé Waters North America in Sacramento Answers to Frequently Asked Questions|
Q: How has Nestlé Waters contributed to the local community since arriving in Sacramento?
A: We practice our Good Neighbor Policy through environmental excellence, disaster relief and supporting community causes. We are committed to practicing our Good Neighbor policy here in Sacramento, and since our arrival, we have partnered with several local organizations that share our commitment to healthy living and community development.
We sponsored both the 2009 and 2010 California International Marathons and partnered with Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento to donate one bottle of water for every runner crossing the finish line at the 2010 American River Parkway Half Marathon. Nestlé Waters also sponsored the Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s Concert in the Park series at Cesar Chavez Plaza, and we are proud to have joined the American Heart Association in promoting its Start! Sacramento Heart Walks.
In addition, Nestlé Waters has joined forces with Sierra College to launch an internship program that provides students in its mechatronics program with the opportunity to gain real-world, on-the-job training by working in our Sacramento plant as paid, seasonal employees.
We hope to learn much more about how to continue contributing to the community in the months and years ahead. If you would like to submit a request for sponsorship of a local event or not-for-profit organization, please click here for more information and to complete an application
Q: What is the size and scope of your plant in Sacramento?
A: Located in existing leased space in the Florin-Fruitridge Industrial Park in South Sacramento, our 214,000 square-foot plant houses two production lines to produce our Nestlé Pure Life® brand Purified Water and Arrowhead® brand Mountain Spring Water to serve customers primarily in the Central Valley and in northern California. We estimate we will purchase a total of approximately 150 acre-feet of water for the plant annually from both the City of Sacramento at the same rate other light industrial businesses pay and from nearby private springs where our long-standing relationships with the spring owners go back at least a decade. Our initial investment in the infrastructure for the plant totaled approximately $14 million.
Q: How many jobs will your Sacramento plant create?
A: The equipment installation and building retrofit phase directly employed approximately 16 people. In addition, we hired more than 80 contractors, tradesmen and their employees to complete the construction and installation of the plant in 2009 and early 2010. Now that the plant is fully operational, we currently employ 46 people and will hire more as our production needs demand it and as positions become available. These jobs pay competitive wages and offer a generous array of benefits, including medical, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, 401(k) and profit sharing.
If you are a local business interested in partnering with us, please contact us.
Q: How much water does Nestlé Waters plan to buy from the City of Sacramento and at what price?
A: We plan to purchase approximately 30 million gallons of water annually from the City of Sacramento. Nestlé Waters will be a customer of the City of Sacramento just like any other business such as a restaurant, car wash or other manufacturer, and we will pay the same rate for water as the City’s other light industrial customers.
Q: Is it true that Nestlé Waters will be among the top 10 users of water in the City of Sacramento?
A: No, this is not true. The 10th largest water user in 2008 used more than twice the amount of water we will purchase from the City annually.
Q: Does Nestlé Waters have any rights to the City of Sacramento’s water?
A: No, we do not hold any rights to the City of Sacramento’s water. Rather, we will are a customer of the City of Sacramento just like any other business in the City.
Q: Will the company be subject to any drought restrictions imposed on customers of the City?
A: Yes, we will be subject to all restrictions, drought or otherwise, imposed on business customers by the City of Sacramento.
Q: What nearby springs will Nestlé Waters be using to supply the plant with water for Arrowhead® brand Mountain Spring Water?
The Arrowhead® brand Mountain Spring water bottled at our Sacramento plant comes from a number of different spring sources. Specifically, we anticipate purchasing water from Lukens Spring in Placer County, Sopiago Spring in El Dorado County, Sugar Pine Spring in Tuolumne County and/or Arcadia Spring in Napa County. We have had long-standing relationships with each of these private spring owners going back at least a decade. Water from these springs has been bottled previously at other plants including our Livermore and Calistoga operations.
All of the bottles produced at the Sacramento plant bear a label indicating the particular spring sources of the water. In addition, water quality and other information about our springs can be found on our national website at www.nestlewatersnorthamerica.com.
Q: What does Nestlé Waters do to increase recycling rates and reduce use of plastic?
Q: All of the bottles produced at our Sacramento plant are 100 percent recyclable, and we encourage our customers to recycle every time they enjoy a bottle of water. In addition, Nestlé Waters North America leads the industry in reducing the amount of plastic used in beverage bottles through the development of our Eco-Shape® bottles, which use one-third less plastic than typical beverage bottles. In addition, our Re-Source® bottles have one of the highest recycled contents on the market, and we are working in collaboration with Whole Foods Market, Inc. and Waste Management, Inc. to promote recycling nationwide. For every container recycled as part of our program at Whole Foods, we donate 5 cents to Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit known for its anti-litter campaigns. Proceeds will help support local recycling programs across the country. We also support local recycling programs across the country and look forward to partnering with the Sacramento community to increase recycling rates.
Q: What has Nestlé Waters done to reduce its carbon footprint?
A: We have a proven track record as a leader in reducing our environmental footprint through responsible production, packaging, manufacturing, transport and water sourcing. Over the last five years we have reduced our carbon emissions by more than 30 percent for every liter of water we produce. These reductions have come in many forms; for example, in California this year alone our trucking fleet has eliminated 996,710 pounds of carbon emissions due to initiatives implemented to increase miles per gallon. This is the equivalent of removing 81 cars from the road per year.
The decision to open a plant in Sacramento was also motivated by our desire to bring our production closer to our customers and reduce truck trips from other factories farther away. This makes good business sense, and it also reduces the number of miles our products must be transported to market.
Q: How can I find out more about your project if my questions were not answered here?
A: We are committed to providing the public with information regarding our facilities and operations. Our website, sacramento.nestlewatersca.com, serves as a portal anybody can visit to learn more about our company, our operations and open job opportunities. In addition, this site features an “Ask Us” section where members of the community can submit questions to the company and find our contact information. We commit to responding to all questions promptly. If you have a question about our project that is not answered here, please let us know and someone will get back to you with an answer.