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31 JANUARY

Eden Springs and Aproz Source Minerales Sign a Partnership Agreement



Eden Springs and Aproz Source Minerales Sign a Partnership Agreement

Eden Springs, the Swiss market leader in water coolers and Aproz Source Minerales, largest Swiss producer of bottled mineral water, have signed a partnership agreement concerning the bottling of still and lightly carbonated water in 0.5, 0.75 and 1.5l bottles, as well as the water cooler activities of Aproz.

As of January 2008, Eden will offer customers in Switzerland still and lightly carbonated water in bottles of 0.5l and 1.5l, in addition to the 0.75l bottles currently on offer. These products will help expand the Eden product range which has previously been focused on water coolers, both bottle-fed and plumbed-in systems connected directly to the municipal water supply. The agreement comes as part of Eden's decision to position itself as a supplier of all forms of water solutions in the workplace.

In searching for a partner for the production of the small-pack bottles, Eden was naturally interested in Aproz, which is located only 30 km from its own bottling site of 19l bottles for water coolers in Dorénaz, Valais. "We were looking for a partner with a strong national presence, and we found that in Aproz" explains Jean-Marc Bolinger, Managing Director of Eden Springs Switzerland.

"For us, a local partner was extremely important, for reasons of corporate philosophy, but also for ecological and logistic reasons", continued Mr. Bolinger. "We can therefore transport 19l bottles for water coolers and small-pack bottles in the same trucks and on the same routes."

For Aproz, the deal proved interesting because it presents a growth opportunity for the company. "We were not really present in the B2B sector that Eden covers," explained Michel Charbonnet, Director of Aproz Sources Minerales. "Now we will be able to increase our production and Eden will handle the distribution under its own brand to its existing client base."

At the same time, Eden will take over the service of Aproz's water cooler activities, some 700 clients, primarily in the Swiss-Romande region. "For us it represents a small market of less than 1 million litres per year," explain Mr. Charbonnet. "In order to offer our customers the best possible service, it makes sense that both our companies concentrate on its area of expertise. We are very pleased to have reached such an agreement with Eden."


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