“Community groups, First Nations, residents across the country and Council of Canadian supporters have persistently challenged Nestlé’s water takings in Wellington County, Ontario and Hope, British Columbia. This is their victory against the multi-national giant,” says Vi Bui, water campaigner with the Council of Canadians. “This is a victory for the people of Ontario. This is a response by Nestle to public pressure,” said Robert Case, chair of Wellington Water Watchers, an advocacy group that had heavily criticized Nestle’s purchase of the Middlebrook well in Elora.
After years of criticism from environmental groups, Swiss-based consumer products giant Nestle is selling its Canadian bottled water business. The company announced Thursday it’s selling its Nestle Pure Life business in Canada to Shelburne-based Ice River Springs. Financial terms of the deal weren’t revealed.