Bottled water distribution facts


Environmental impacts in the distribution phase have remained stable over the reporting period, with a decrease of 1% for GHG emissions and non-renewable energy.

Of the areas covered in our GEF tool, the main impact of this phase is domestic transport from factory to customers. It is important to note that cooling of Home and Office fountains is quite a significant variable in this specific channel.

Due to the high volume and weight of our products, transport has always been a key consideration for the bottled water business model.

At Nestlé Waters we have built significant expertise due to our longstanding experience in supply chain management.

As a result, our logistics and delivery programmes are amongst the most efficient in theconsumer goods sector.

Our company’s transport policy must take into account several external parameters that we have a limited influence on, including:

  • Geographical position of the populated areas
  • Available freight and transport infrastructure in a given country or region
  • Regulatory limitations for payload, e.g. the maximum allowed weight of finished goods per truck

Nevertheless, Nestlé Waters has continued exploring opportunities to further reduce ourdistribution footprint. Between 2005 and 2010, new initiatives have been launched throughout our organisation.

Read our success stories highlighting new opportunities in the next few years.


Today, the Nestlé Waters’ transport policy focuses on the following five key areas:

  • Reducing distance to consumers
  • Using alternative transport
  • Exploring new technologies
  • Optimising payload
  • Working with our carriers


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