Nestlé Waters and Ambev establish a distribution agreement.

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Nestlé Waters and Ambev establish a distribution agreement

Partnership will extend the presence of Nestlé Pureza Vital and São Lourenço
in the Southeast area and complement the portfolio of the beverage distributor

São Paulo, December 2012 – Nestlé Waters, the Nestlé Group’s water division, and Ambev have entered into an agreement for the distribution of the water brands Nestlé Pureza Vital and São Lourenço. The agreement is valid for the Southeast area and the states of Paraná and Bahia, the latter only for the brand São Lourenço. Nestlé will benefit from Ambev’s extensive distribution network. For Ambev, the agreement will complement its beverage portfolio with the offering of the Nestlé waters. The strategic agreement is aimed to bars, grocery stores, bakeries, liquor sellers and small and medium size supermarkets channels.

"Ambev’s logistics expertise will assure that consumers find our products in more places and points of sale with Nestlé’s recognized water quality standard. This agreement will should contribute to accelerate our growth and will be a win-win for both parties", states Alexandre Carreteiro, General Manager of Nestlé Waters in Brazil.

According to Ricardo Moreira, Ambev’s Refrigenanc (sodas and non-carbonates) director, "our non-alcoholic beverage portfolio that already includes brands such as Pepsi, Guaraná Antarctica, Soda Limonada and Sukita, among the sodas, Lipton in the ice tea segment, Gatorade, the quencher leader, and the energetic Fusion, now finds this perfect complement with household water brands, adding value to consumers and clients".

Nestlé Pureza Vital and São Lourenço will be distributed in the sparkling and still formats in 300 ml, 510 ml, 1.2l and 1.5l bottles. The agreement will comprise the Southeast Region and the states of Paraná and Bahia, the major consumption areas of bottled water in small-size format (less than 20l). This is a total market of 13 billion liters in Brazil that already turns over US$ 8.2 billion, according to information of Zenith International.

The terms of the partnership have already been submitted to the Administrative Council of Economic Defense (CADE) for prior exam by the regulatory agency.

About Nestlé Waters – Nestlé Waters, is the leading global bottled water company. In Brasil it has four plants, in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro. Nestlé Pureza Vital is the global brand leader in volume, combining the Nestlé’s quality expertise with a pure and light water for the whole family. São Lourenço is a spring water with unique characteristics, because is naturally sparkling. It has been in the market for over 100 years, and it is found in the best restaurants and bars nationwide. It is also marketed in the still version. Nestlé Waters also markets in Brazil the imported water brands S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna (both Italian) and the French water, Perrier.

About Ambev – To be the "Best Beverage Company Worldwide in a Better World". This is Ambev’s mission, a publicly-held corporation headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, with operations in 16 countries of the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Equator, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Dominica, Antigua and St. Vincent).

Holding a "star" portfolio with brands like Antarctica, Brahma, Bohemia, Budweiser, Skol, Original, Stella Artois; the sodas Guaraná Antarctica, Soda, Pepsi and Sukita; the quencher Gatorade, and Lipton tea, in addition to the innovations H2OH!, Fusion and Antarctica Citrus, Ambev is the leader of Latin America’s breweries.

Its recognized excellence in management generates return to its shareholders and warrants sustainable performance. In 2011, the company’s sales volume exceeded 165 million hectoliters of beverage and the net turnover was R$ 27.1 billion – a 9.9% growth compared to 2010.

Press information:
Relações com a Imprensa Nestlé Brasil
Mariana Lemos – (11) 5508-9737 – mariana.lemos1@br.nestle.com
Claudia Galli – (11) 5508-9396 – claudia.galli@br.nestle.com
Anahi Guedes – (11) 5508-9395 – anahi.guedes@br.nestle.com

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