Starbucks to move water business out of California
May 8, 2015
A week after media reported that Starbucks was running a bottled water business out of drought-stricken areas of California, the coffee giant announced it is moving the sourcing and production of Ethos Water to Pennsylvania. [LA Times]
The Starbucks subsidiary had been pulling water from private springs in Central California’s Placer County and was operating a factory south of there in Merced. The U.S. Drought Monitor ranks both locations as currently being in the “exceptional drought” category.
Starbucks executives say the move will take six months to complete. Ethos Water already has a supplier in Pennsylvania.
“The decision to move our Ethos Water sourcing from California and reduce our in-store water reductions by more than 25 percent are steps we are taking in partnership with state and local government to accelerate water conservation,” said John Kelly, Starbucks senior vice president of global responsibility and public policy.
Ethos Water was founded in 2002 with a promise to help battle global water issues, particularly in the developing world. Starbucks purchased the company in 2005 and now donates 5 cents to the Ethos Water Fund for every $1.95 bottle sold.
Companies like Nestle, Safeway and Arrowhead Spring Water are still drawing California groundwater to ship to other states.