Nestlé steps up sustainability efforts with launch of two water bottles made with much less plastic

FRANCE – Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, has developed two new packaging innovations aimed at reducing use of virgin plastic in its supply chain. According to a statement from Nestlé the novel water bottles developed for its Vittel® natural mineral water are designed to function just like traditional plastic bottles but with much less plastic. The first innovation is the Vittel® GO system which consists of a reusable hard protective case designed to hold 50cl refills of Vittel® natural mineral water that are made with 40% less plastic than…

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Nigeria secures US$700m from IDA for water, sanitation project while French company Vergnet Hydro to rehabilitate 1,000 boreholes in Ivory Coast

NIGERIA – The West African nations of Nigeria and Ivory Coast are currently ploughing in funds to finance water and sanitation projects in their communities. In Nigeria, the International Development Association (IDA), a subsidiary of the World Bank, has granted the region’s most populous country, a US$700 million loan for implementation of its Sustainable Urban and Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (Surwash) Programme. The loan will finance access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for 6 million people, mainly in rural areas and small towns. The World Bank funding…

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Uganda’s Hariss International debuts new premium water brand Krystal in style

UGANDA – Hariss International Limited, one of Uganda’s leading manufacturers of food and beverages, has caught the attention of Ugandan consumers, with the launch of its new premium water brand dubbed ‘Krystal Natural Mineral Water’ through a hyped promotional campaign. Sticking true to its name, Krystal is packaged in a 500ml sleek, elegant PET bottle with crystal-like edges, providing a firm grip as one sips the drink. According to the company, the water is ozonated and UV treated to make every sip pure and vibrant. Krystal is an addition to…

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Fordmax commences rehabilitation of solar powered drinking water supply

NIGERIA – Fordmax, a water company, has begun the rehabilitation of a drinking water supply system in Enugu State in south-eastern Nigeria which will be able to supply 28,000 m3 of water per day, and powered by solar photovoltaic energy. The systems 12 boreholes were built a few years ago to improve the supply of drinking water in Enugu State in the south-east of the country. But since then, the pumping station has remained out of order. Charles Egwu, the Director of the National Urban Water Sector Reform Project in…

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Carlsberg’s Danish brewery becomes the world’s most water efficient brewery

DENMARK – Danish multinational brewing giant, Carlsberg is inaugurating a new, revolutionary water recycling plant that recycles 90% of the process water at the Carlsberg brewery in Fredericia, Denmark. To achieve this great feat in recycling, the plant uses a new and innovative approach to cleaning and recycling process water where, among other things, UV-light is used to eliminate bacteria. Carlsberg Denmark Brewing Director, Anders Kokholm says that the recycling process is so effective that the process water ends up being clean enough to drink. He is however quick to…

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Cargill kick-starts safe water access project in Ghana’s cocoa-growing regions

GHANA – Cargill Ghana Limited is seeking to setup ten mechanized solar water systems in partnership with Safe Water Network Gh. The sustainability partnership project, dubbed Expanding sustainable access to safe water in cocoa-growing communities in Ghana, aims at enhancing access to safe water in cocoa rural farming communities. The installation is expected to be completed in six months, at a cost of US$150,000. According to Cargill, the project is in line with its Community Wellbeing Strategic Action Plan linked to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 of…

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EIB approves US$35.7m loan for clean water supply in Malawi

MALAWI – The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved $35.7 million loan to extend the drinking water network in southern Malawi. The project is to be implemented by the state-owned Southern Region Water Board (SRWB). The soft loan is to be repaid over 20 years with a grace period of 5 years. The EIB funding is for the extension of the drinking water network in the southern region of Malawi, particularly in Balaka and Liwonde. According to the SRWB, part of the funding will be used for the development of…

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Nestlé Waters North America renamed BlueTriton Brands

US – A few weeks after Nestlé announced completion of sale of its North America Water business to One Rock Capital Partners, the business has begun operating under a new corporate name, BlueTriton Brands. The business was sold to One Rock Capital Partners, in partnership with Metropoulos & Co for US$4.3 billion with the deal being finalised on 31 March. Referring to Triton, the god of sea in Greek mythology, the new name is said to reflect the company’s role as a guardian of sustainable resources and provider of fresh…

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Nestlé acquires alkaline water brand Essentia to expand presence in premium functional water segment

US – Nestlé USA has announced that it has acquired leading alkaline water brand Essentia Water in an effort to expand its presence in the functional water segment. Essentia pioneered ionized alkaline water more than twenty years ago and is the leading brand in that space in the U.S. Its acquisition is part of Nestlé’s continued transformation of its global water business, which was announced in June 2020. The company is sharpening its portfolio to focus on international premium and mineral water brands and healthy hydration products, such as functional…

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Senegal secures US$138m from EIB to improve supply of drinking water

SENEGAL – The European Investment Bank (EIB) is set to provide US$138.39 million (€114.5 million) in financial support to improve the drinking water supply and promote integrate solid waste management in Senegal. The support will strengthen the country’s resilience to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other future pandemics as climate change exacerbates the urgency of the situation. By focusing on secondary cities, the Bank is supporting Senegal’s efforts to achieve balanced development across the country, reducing geographical disparities to ensure greater regional equity. Sustainable cities are an absolute necessity given…

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