Nestlé Waters North America Contributes Additional Support to Hurricane Ike Disaster Relief Effort
More than 1,000,000 Bottles of Water Donated to Date to Citizens and Volunteer Relief Workers Affected by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav
Greenwich, Conn. (September 22, 2008) – Nestlé Waters North America continues to support Hurricane Ike disaster relief efforts with its most recent donation of more than 165,000 one-liter bottles of Ice Mountain® Brand Natural Spring Water. The American Red Cross is distributing the donations to evacuees and disaster relief volunteers in affected areas in Texas.
“The American Red Cross continues to provide families and individuals affected by Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and other disasters with comfort and hope. Our humanitarian mission is only possible through the generosity of our corporate partners, including Nestlé Waters North America, and the American public,” said Jeffrey T. Towers, chief development officer for the American Red Cross. “I would like to thank Nestlé Waters North America for their continued support, providing our neighbors with one of life’s basic needs.”
Last week, Nestlé Waters North America provided more than 350,000 bottles of Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water to the communities affected by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav. The company also donated more than 300,000 bottles of water after Hurricane Gustav made landfall earlier this month. Since late July, Nestlé Waters North America has provided more than 1,000,000 half-liter, liter and three-liter bottles of water to the communities affected by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.
“When the American Red Cross requested additional potable water for the residents and aid workers, it was a challenge,” said Alex McIntosh, director of corporate citizenship for Nestlé Waters North America. “Our Texas and other regional factories were already working 24/7 to meet requests from our disaster partners, from FEMA, and from our customers in affected areas. Fortunately, our plant in Michigan had bottled water available, and our logistics team was able to move quickly. We are proud to play a role in the relief efforts.”
Nestlé Waters North America is committed to supplying clean water to citizens in need. The company has provided millions of bottles of water to residents and relief workers affected by natural disasters, including Hurricanes Dolly and Katrina, the tornadoes and subsequent floods that struck the Midwest earlier this year, and last year's California wildfires.
About Nestlé Waters North America
Nestlé Waters North America Inc. is the number one bottled water company in the U.S. Its family of 15 well-known brands includes Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water, Ice Mountain® Brand Natural Spring Water, and Poland Spring® Brand Natural Spring Water, the leading spring water brand in America. Based in Greenwich, Conn., Nestlé Waters North America’s 9,000 employees provide bottled water products to consumers across the country, including Ozarka® Natural Spring Water and Nestlé ® Pure Life®.