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22 DECEMBER

Eden acquires Quench Water Systems - UK



Eden Springs UK (ESUK) acquires Quench Water Systems

Eden Springs UK, the UK's second biggest water cooler distributor, Is pleased to announce the acquisition of UK based Quench Water Systems.

Quench Water Systems is a West-country based water cooler business, formed in 2003 by Fred Cairns Palmer. Most clients are based in Gloucester and the South West, which will fit comfortably with distribution from Eden Spring's Tewkesbury branch.

Eden has acquired around 2,400 coolers as part of the deal, including around 1,000 point of use contracts.

Eden Springs UK Commercial Director Graeme Caruthers commented: "We are delighted with the acquisition of Quench Water Systems, as this deal will greatly increase the density of Eden Springs' customer base in the South West. As a result, we will be able to improve our distribution efficiency and provide an even higher level of service to our customers."

Quench will retain its Watercoolers Direct business, an internet based water cooler sales business which retains maintenance contracts. The company has already sold around 2500 coolers and maintains vending contracts with clients such as the University of Birmingham. "We are very pleased with the deal. We can continue to grow our Watercoolers Direct business, taking it as far as we can," revealed Managing Director Fred Cairns Palmer

In a separate deal, Eden Springs UK has also acquired the HOD business of Wye Spring Water Trading, a family owned water cooler and natural mineral water HOD company which operates within the M25 area in the South East of England.

Wye Spring Water has been supplying water coolers and natural mineral water to homes and businesses since the 1980s. Water is supplied from the Blenheim Estate at Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

Eden Springs UK is a subsidiary of Danone Springs of Eden (DSE), a leading European supplier of 19-litre bottle spring water to homes and offices. DSE is currently active in 16 European markets. The Eden brand has been present in the UK market since 2004, servicing more than 125,000 customers from a network of 17 branches and three water sources located in West Hyde, Hertfordshire, Eden Valley, and Blantyre, Scotland.

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