to a finished product takes
about a half-hour. Finished
products quickly make their
way to grocery shelves,
Franceschetti says. “There’s
been days when I walked
down to the supermarket and
saw our product on the shelf
that was produced the same
Finished product not
immediately shipped to
retail customers is stored in
the Pure Life East facility’s
warehouse, which can hold
approximately 1.6 million
cases of inventory.
The Nestlé Pure Life East
plant makes approximately
2. 8 million preforms per year.
About 1.6 million preforms
are utilized in the Pure Life
East facility, while the rest
are sent to its sister plant.
Franceschetti says that pro-
ducing preforms helps enhance the plant’s efficiency
and performance. “[Producing our own preforms] helps
make us self-sufficient as a manufacturing business.”
Nestlé Waters maintains a strong commitment
to sustainability. The company was the first bever-
age manufacturer in the U.S. to build a facility that
received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Certification. Today, Nestlé Waters has 10 LEED certi-
fied plants, encompassing 3. 7 million square feet.
The Nestlé Waters Pure Life East plant received LEED
Gold Certification in 2009, becoming the first food man-
ufacturing facility in Pennsylvania to obtain that status.
The plant was designed with a focus on the environ-
ment. The facility saves 66 k Wh of electrical energy per
1,000 liters of bottled water produced, due to onsite
bottle production, ongoing reducing of plastic used in bottles, use of nat-
ural light and light conservation, and heat energy recovery. In addition,
the plant conserves about 220,000 gallons of water each year.
The value of sustainability also shines through in the Allentown
Campus’ day-to-day operations. The two facilities have achieved a 100
percent recycling rate for materials including corrugate, PET, LDPE,
HDPE, preforms and pallets. By increasing communication and improving
utilization of its tanker fleet, the plants have been able to reduce their
number of tankers on the road by 1,200 annually.
Franceschetti says Nestlé Waters commitment to sustainable business
practices not only benefits the company — it helps the consumer as
well. “It’s about the environment and using less resources to be able to
service our customer sustainably.”
By maintaining self-sufficient production practices and sustainability
efforts, Nestlé Waters can look forward to smooth sailing. ◆
Preforms are created (left) before being blow molded into
full-size bottles, which are then filled with Nestlé water