Update: FIJI Water to Reopen December 1

FIJI Water ended its showdown with the Fijian government and will go back to work. Earlier today the company released a statement announcing that its operations plant would reopen on Dec. 1 and that the company would comply with a new tax levied by the Fijian government in 2011.

It’s a turnaround from yesterday, when FIJI Water president and COO John Cochran released a statement declaring that FIJI Water would close its plant due to the 15 cent-per-liter-tax, declaring it untenable and discriminatory.

“Following discussions today with Fijian officials, FIJI Water will re-open its bottling plant, effective Wednesday morning, Dec. 1, at its regular start up time of 8 a.m.  Through our discussions, we have also agreed to comply with Fiji’s new water tax law,” the company said in its new statement.

“Moving forward, FIJI Water is committed to working with the Fijian government, and remains dedicated to helping the country’s economy and its people.”

That second half of the statement might refer to the company’s intimation that it would be “putting on hold several large construction contracts” including a primary school renovation, and that as a result of the plant closure “hundreds of Fijians” would be out of work.

According to a representative, the company was not granting interviews at this time.