Nestle Abandons Plans for Water Bottling Plant in Black Diamond, WA

After Nestle Waters was unceremoniously kicked out of Enumclaw (after a citizen uprising), the company turned to he nearby communities of Orting and Black Diamond.

Now it appears that Nestle has ended talks with the town of Black Diamond, leaving us to speculate about the tiny town of Cascade Locks (OR), where Nestle was interested in a bottling plant (via the Enumclaw Courier-Herald):

Nestlé has been in discussions with the city of Black Diamond for a number of months, exploring the possibility of establishing a spring water bottling plant and becoming a commercial customer of Black Diamond’s spring water, but in a letter sent to the city of Black Diamond Thursday, the company has decided not to continue its pursuit there.

At this point, we can’t possibly know why Nestle abandoned their plans, though I suspect we’ll be hearing more about Nestle’s plans in the Northwest soon.

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2 thoughts on “Nestle Abandons Plans for Water Bottling Plant in Black Diamond, WA

  1. If they just dropped the deal, that means they’re planning sometihng bigger, and in their minds, ‘better.’

    Wherever they go next will be hit a lot harder by their advertising and bribing than Black Diamond was (The Black Diamond Council was probably sad to see Nestle go).

    Keep an eye and an ear out for Nestle. They aren’t going to leave without putting up a fight…

  2. Pat: Word has it they’ve got their eye on Cascade Locks (OR). It’s also true that Nestle’s bottled water market has ceased growing, and in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a shrinking of the bottled water market this year. Nestle will probably still want to open a NW plant to reduce transport costs, but I doubt the urgency is there.

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