Nestle Waters North America Donates First Half-Million Bottles of Water to Hurricane Sandy Victims

AmeriCares and The American Red Cross distribute bottled water donations to East Coast residents affected by storm

STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — As of this morning, Nestle Waters North America has donated more than half a million bottles of water to its emergency relief partners, AmeriCares and The American Red Cross, serving communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont. Additional donations are expected in the coming days.

Nestle Waters teams are currently working at full production to meet the needs of relief organizations, retailers and communities. In preparation for the storm, Nestle Waters ramped up production at six bottling facilities in Maine, Pennsylvania and northern Florida. These facilities help ensure that high-quality bottled water is available as a vital backup when municipal water supplies are affected.

“Bottled water is a critical second source of drinking water, and never is that more clear than when access to public water is disrupted,” said Heidi Paul, vice president corporate affairs for Nestle Waters North America. “Our partnership with American Red Cross and AmeriCares helps emergency relief workers quickly get bottled water where it needs to go. We will continue to support their relief efforts until our friends and neighbors are back on their feet.”

So far, 12 truckloads of Nestle® Pure Life® purified water and Deer Park® spring water have been delivered to Red Cross warehouses in Middletown and Somerset, NJ for immediate distribution to Jersey Shore towns most in need of clean drinking water. Through AmeriCares, Nestle® Pure Life® purified water and Deer Park® spring water have been distributed to The Salvation Army for Nassau County, the Food Bank for New York City, and Vermont Food Banks to help residents affected by the storm.

For nearly three decades, Nestle Waters has worked with AmeriCares and The American Red Cross to help communities across the country in need, including those affected by major flooding, wildfires and tornados.

Those interested in supporting relief efforts should visit: http://www.americares.org/ or http://www.redcross.org/.

About Nestle Waters North America Inc.

Nestle Waters North America is the nation’s leading bottled water company. Nestle Waters offers consumers a variety of portable, calorie-free bottled waters, including Poland Spring and other natural spring water brands; Nestle® Pure Life®, a nationally distributed purified bottled water; and international brands, S. Pellegrino, Perrier and Acqua Panna. Most recently, the company has added a refreshing line of ready-to-drink iced teas. Nestle Waters North America is committed to creating shared value for society. It does so through healthy hydration, jobs and benefits to communities where it operates, and environmental stewardship, most notably responsible water management, lightweight packaging and advancing recycling in America. People’s interest in reducing their calories from beverages and having a reliable second source of water has led Nestle Waters North America to be third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S.