Press releases 2011:
August, 2011, Appointment of new MD for Eden Springs Israel (Mey Eden)
Yariv Shapira appointed as managing director at Mey Eden, Israel
Leading provider of drinking solutions for the workplace, Eden Springs Group, has appointed Yariv Shapira as managing director of Mey Eden (Eden Springs Israel).
Shapira joined Mey Eden as a plant manager in 1990, having completed a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at the Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel and an MBA in business analysis at the University of Tel Aviv. Shapira has excelled in a number of positions within Mey Eden and Eden Springs (Europe) SA, helping to significantly grow the business during his 21 years at the company.
When the decision was taken to expand Mey Eden’s operations into Europe in 1999}, Shapira was tasked with establishing the company’s European headquarters and operations. He was then appointed chief operating officer for the Eden Springs Group and remained in this role until 2008 when he was promoted to deputy CEO. In this role, Shapira was responsible for the Group’s commercial development and overseeing several key projects for Mey Eden, including the integration of large acquisitions. In 2010, Shapira’s role was widened to also include research and development activities relating to news business development projects.
In addition to his outstanding achievements at the Eden Springs Group, Shapira held to role of chairman of the trade organisation EBWA (European Bottled Water Cooler Association - recently renamed WE, Watercoolers Europe) from 2008 to 2010.
In his new role as MD of Mey Eden, Shapira will remain as vice president (R&D Group) and deputy CEO (Group).
Raanan Zilbermann, CEO of the Eden Springs Group, comments: "2011 is a crucial year for Eden as a group but also for Mey Eden in Israel, with opportunities to explore and challenges to tackle. Shapira had more than 26 years experience in a number of key roles both for the group and locally so he was a natural choice for the role of MD of Mey Eden. With our focus on developing several new business initiatives for the Israeli market, Shapira is ideally suited to taking up the challenge and leading Mey Eden to success."
July, 2011, Eden Springs and People help People - One World join forces to deliver Tanzanian water projects
Eden Springs, Europe.s leading provider of drinking solutions for the workplace, has announced a charity partnership with the not-for-profit organisation People help People - One World. The agreement - which spans an initial three year period - will provide support for three drinking water projects in Tanzania, Africa.
Funding from Eden Springs will secure the provision of drinking water supply systems in three secondary schools in the Uru district of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. As a result, approximately 1,000 school children and a further 7,500 residents in the surrounding communities will have access to a clean drinking water supply.
Headquartered in Switzerland, Eden Springs serves 15 European countries with water coolers and other drinking solutions. The company has chosen to partner with People help People - One World because of the organisation.s strong track record in delivering tangible projects and its structure, which sees up to 95 per cent of donations going directly to communities.
Chief executive officer of Eden Springs, Raanan Zilberman, comments: "We spent a lot of time looking for the right partner and it was important that they shared our values and .can do. attitude. Obviously, selecting a charity that was involved in water projects was a prime attraction for us, but we also wanted to ensure our chosen partner would work efficiently and make a big difference to people.s lives through our support. People help People - One World has been established in Tanzania since 1985 and has helped to transform living conditions for hundreds of thousands of people across the country."
While Eden Springs has pledged to donate at least €30,000 each year in support of the three projects, the water cooler company is also engaging with its employees in 15 European businesses to ensure that further funds are raised for the charity at a local level. In the longer term, Eden Springs and People help People hope to extend the project by providing clean drinking water supplies to four further schools in the Uru district.
Zilberman adds: "Our experience as shown that while charity donations are a nice gesture, many companies forget to assess the effectiveness of their giving. We.re very excited about this partnership and the impact it will have at a local level in Tanzania. Through regular updates from People help People we will be able to see how our support is making a real difference to people.s lives."
An estimated 1.2 billion people in 60 countries worldwide have insufficient access to clean drinking water. The consequences for children are catastrophic: diarrhoea, unhealthy nutrition, insufficient body growth, and death. Every year, 1.5 million children die of diarrhoea before they turn five because of a lack of drinking water, unsuitable sanitary facilities and poor hygiene.
In Tanzania today only 55 per cent of people have access to clean drinking water and only 7 per cent of all children have access to secondary education*. In the Uru district, children and residents of the nearby villages currently have to resort to drinking dirty surface water or walking up to 10km (6 miles) in order to access clean drinking water. The partnership between Eden Springs and People help People will not only benefit the schoolchildren but also all of the communities around the schools who will have access to the water for both drinking and farming.
For more information on the Eden Springs and People help People - One World partnership please visit www.edensprings.com
* Source: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/tanzania_statistics.html
Press releases 2010:
November, 2010, Eden Springs acquires the HOD operations of Nestlé France
The Eden Group announced today (November 23, 2010) that it has purchased the bottled water cooler (HOD; Home and Office Delivery) operations of Nestlé Waters Direct France. This represents direct water deliveries to 38,000 business customers in France, with an annual turnover of 18.5 million euros. The Eden Group will pay Nestlé France 9.5 million euros, of which 8 million euros on signing the contract and the balance on completing the transaction after about four months.
Raanan Zilberman, President of the Eden Springs Group said: "We, at Eden Springs, constantly continue to try to base our status as the leading brand in the drinking water solutions market in every country in which we operate. Thus also in France where we serve 61 000 offices and workplaces we hold before completing the transaction a 25% market share. The Eden Springs’ strategy is to expand our operations in a combination of organic growth and acquisitions. In recent years, the Company carried out a significant number of acquisitions of competing companies, including in France”.
The Eden Springs Group started its operations in France in 2001. The company operates under the French brand name Chateaud’eau and is present in the bottled water cooler market as well as in the mains fed water cooler market. Among Chateaud’eau’s customers are: SNCF, the National Railways Company, Sodexo, BNP, the Danone Corporation, Dior, Amazon, LVMH, Club Med, Renault Vehicle Corporation, French Ministry of Defense and more than 38 000 other customers in the business and private market. In addition Chateaud’eau entered the coffee market partnering with well-known Italian coffee brand. Jointly these two companies offer solutions for business customers.
In recent years the French subsidiary improved its profitability and the level of its EBITDA stands today at about 20% of turnover. With this transaction Chateaud’eau will become market leader in France, will increase significantly its client base and will improve its operational excellence and its profitability level.
For more information please contact:
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Eden Springs (Europe) SA
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October, 2010, Number 1 in the water cooler industry, Eden Springs goes CarbonNeutral
In its quest to reduce its environmental impact and compensate its carbon footprint, Eden Springs, Europe's leading provider of water solutions for the workplace, is the first and only company to offer certified CarbonNeutral® water coolers. On top of this, in a couple of weeks, Eden Springs will launch an exclusive plumbed-in water cooler with a unique energy saving device.
Eden Springs, the only CarbonNeutral® water cooler supplier.
In cooperation with The CarbonNeutral Company, a world leading provider of carbon reduction solutions, Eden Springs is engaged in several carbon offset projects. Thanks to this collaboration, Eden Springs in Switzerland was able to offset the entire company and cooler emissions, thus receiving the CarbonNeutral® Company and CarbonNeutral® Product certifications. In 2010, Eden Springs Switzerland achieved a total CO2 reduction of 5,777 tonnes.
Other European countries, such as France and Sweden, have also engaged in offsetting their carbon footprint and thus received the CarbonNeutral® Product certificate. In Europe, Eden Springs is the only CarbonNeutral® player in the water cooler industry.
A new plumbed-in water cooler with energy saving device.
Eden Springs is preparing the launch of a new Plumbed-in water cooler, which integrates a new energy saving device based on a light sensor that shuts off the cooler during nights and/or when the lamps in the workplace are off. Thanks to this mechanism the cooler consumes up to 25% less energy than a regular plumbed in water cooler. This new cooler will be available as of mid-October all over Europe.
"More environmental initiatives are planned in line with our commitment to improving our environmental performances across all business activities, and we encourage our business partners and members of the wider community to join us" says Raanan Zilberman, CEO of Eden Springs Group.
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Eden Springs (Europe) SA
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