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Not enough water for Starbucks in California

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Due to the serious drought conditions and necessary water conservation efforts in California, Starbucks is moving the sourcing and manufacturing of Ethos Water out of state.

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Beginning the first week of May and over the next six months, Starbucks plans to move production to its Pennsylvania supplier, while simultaneously exploring alternatives to transition to a new source and supplier to serve the company’s West Coast distribution.

Starbucks has been actively engaged in the local efforts to conserve water and has decreased usage by 26 percent in the State of California through green building and water conservations practices.

"We are committed to our mission to be a globally responsible company and to support the people of the state of California as they face this unprecedented drought," said John Kelly, Starbucks senior vice president of Global Responsibility and Public Policy.

"The decision to move our Ethos water sourcing from California and reduce our in-store water reductions by more than 25 percent are steps we are taking in partnership with state and local governments to accelerate water conservation."

Ethos Water serves the needs of some of the billion people around the world who lack access to clean water. Starbucks acquired Ethos Water in 2005 in an effort to help address the global humanitarian water crisis.

Since then Starbucks has invested over $12 million in water, sanitation and hygiene education in coffee growing countries in Africa, Indonesia and Latin America.


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