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Fiji Water goes green

BY Tara Smith

Fiji Fiji Water is about to make a big splash in the domestic bottled water industry, announcing plans Wednesday to become carbon negative, that is, to make more than make up for the greenhouse gasses released in the production of its product. The company also announced goals for using renewable energy, preserving forests and conserving water.

“Our existence has been a strong net positive for the economy of Fiji, and we don’t want to be any less than that on climate change,” said Thomas Mooney, Fiji Water’s senior vice president for sustainable growth.

As part of its plans, the company will install a windmill in 2009 to provide energy to its bottling plant in Fiji, located in the South Pacific, will employ biodiesel and other alternative fuels in its trucks and as a backup at its plant and it will reduce the amount of plastic and paper it uses for bottles and cartons. The Fiji Water Foundation, let by Fiji’s owners Lynda and Stewart Resnick, has pledged money to protect the Yarqara Valley watershed, the main source of Fiji Water, and to preserve the Sovi Basin, a rainforest that is home to many plant and animal species.

The announcement comes after a period in which environmental groups attacked the bottled-water industry for selling an unnecessary product at great environmental cost, thought Mooney argues Fiji’s plans were in the works long before that.

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Snapple’s new antioxidant water offers healthy benefits

BY Tara Smith

PLANO, Texas Snapple on Tuesday introduced Antioxidant Water and LYTeWater, taking drinking water to a new level.

The Antioxidant Water line helps restore the body and supports a healthy immune system. Featuring seven flavors inspired by nature’s “superfruits,” the antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes in each flavor provide one of four distinct health benefits—the power to Protect, Defy, Awaken and Restore.

The zero-calorie Snapple LYTeWater line is enhanced with electrolytes and minerals for premium hydration. Both lines provide consumers looking to incorporate healthy behaviors into their lifestyles with nutrient-packed alternatives to traditional bottled water, according to Brian Mazur, vice president and general manager of Snapple.

Snapple Antioxidant Water is available in 20-ounce single bottles for $1.39 to $1.59 and Snapple LYTeWater is available in 20-ounce six-packs, as well as one-liter single-serve bottle for $1 to $1.69 per unite. They can be found in major retailers, grocery and convenience stores nationwide.

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Coca-Cola to shut down Frederick, Md. plant

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FREDERICK, Md. Coca-Cola Enterprises is planning to close operations at its Frederick county distribution plant by the end of March, citing growth constraints.

The announcement was made last month to the site’s 52 employees, with plans to relocate most of them to of the company’s 10 other facilities in Maryland, including Rockville and Hagerstown.

With Coca-Cola’s truck traffic increasing, the 100-year-old Frederick site has little room to accommodate them and cannot expand the 21,000-square-food building. Instead, the Atlanta-based company will shift to other locations around Maryland, despite the building’s 60-year history housing the Coca-Cola company.

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