STAMFORD, Conn. — Nestlé Waters North America Inc. (NWNA) announced Friday that it is expanding its ReadyRefresh by Nestlé operations with the acquisition of Watchung Spring Water Co., Inc. (Watchung) in Lakewood, New Jersey, one of NWNA’s largest distributors in the U.S. As part of the transaction, NWNA will acquire the Watchung service and assume the lease for the building in which Watchung operated.
The acquisition will broaden the ReadyRefresh footprint to the following New Jersey counties: Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer, Atlantic Cape May, and Cumberland; and enable ReadyRefresh to expand capacity across New Jersey. The purchase agreement was signed on October 9, 2019 and the transaction closed today.
“This transaction is part of ReadyRefresh’s focus on aligning its current operations to meet its future needs and positioning the company for long-term success,” said Henrik Jelert, Executive Vice President, ReadyRefresh® by Nestlé®. “We look forward to welcoming Watchung Beverage Delivery associates into the ReadyRefresh family and serving our new customers.”
ReadyRefresh will continue to deliver, for a 90-day transition period, all products currently offered by Watchung Beverage Delivery, which includes many of NWNA’s most popular bottled water brands in a variety of sizes, as well as coffee, tea, paper products, snack foods, household products, and more.
Following the transition period, customers will continue to be able to purchase Poland Spring, Nestlé Pure Life and Deer Park still, sparkling, and flavored waters in a variety of sizes. Customers will also be able to purchase Poland Spring® ORIGIN 900-mL and Nestlé® Pure Life 700-mL bottles made with 100% recycled plastic, which will both be new product options to New Jersey shore customers.
“We have worked with Nestlé Waters for nearly 70 years and have always valued our relationship,” said Andrew Berliner, President and owner of Watchung. We are excited to take the next step and be able to offer our customers new ownership who can provide excel