Nestle Waters receives manufacturing award

Hope bottling facility scores 97.7 on recent inspection

Nestle Waters Canada has achieved Excellence in Manufacturing standing from the Canadian Bottled Water Association (CBWA).

The Hope bottling facility scored 97.7 and the Puslinch, Ontario plant received 97.4 following a surprise NSF International inspection.

“This achievement confirms the commitment to manufacturing and logistics excellence by each and every one of our employees at our Hope and Puslinch plants,” said David Thorpe, director of supply chain. “It is important to note that there was no advance notice of the inspection. NSF International, which carried out the inspection on behalf of CBWA, audited our operations during a typical day in our manufacturing facilities. Each and every one of our employees should be extremely proud of this achievement.”

As a condition of CBWA membership, the company must pass the annual plant inspection. This inspection audits quality and testing records, reviews all areas of plant operation from source through finished product and checks adherence to the CBWA Model Code and its code of ethics. The CBWA code of ethics adheres to a philosophy of sustainable development, environmental protection and collaboration with local communities in the management of the water resource.

A second condition of membership is that bottlers pass an annual water analysis administered by an independent government-certified laboratory and regularly conduct microbial testing by qualified personnel.

The CBWA Model Code is a quality assurance program with more extensive requirements than federal and provincial authorities demand. Beyond federal and provincial regulations and regular annual inspections, CBWA bottlers like Nestle Waters Canada are subject to a third level of regulation involving independent inspections, water testing and analysis, and adherence to the CBWA Model Code.