Nestle Waters North America, which owns Poland Spring, is seeking dismissal of a class action lawsuit that alleged the Maine-based company's bottled water did not come from springs.
The company introduced as evidence a number of documents, including a letter from the State of Maine Drinking Water Program (DWP) that affirmed all eight of Poland Spring brand springs in the state “meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) definition of spring water.”
In August, 11 plaintiffs filed a class action suit in Connecticut claiming that Poland Spring brand water is essentially filtered ground water, an accusation the company denied at the time.
“The DWP, which is the state agency that enforces the implementation of FDA rules about bottled water in Maine, has issued these letters to us in the past,” a Nestle Waters spokesperson told ConsumerAffairs. “This most recent letter verifies that all eight of the spring water sources are approved in the State of Maine.”
The spokesperson added that Poland Spring labels are accurate when they declare that the product is “100 percent natural spring water.”
Accorrding to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, bottled water overtook carbonated beverages in U.S. sales last year. Michael Bellas, CEO of Beverage Marketing Corporation says that bottled water has effectively reshaped the beverage marketplace.
"When Perrier first entered the country in the 1970s, few would have predicted the heights to which bottled water would eventually climb,” Bellas said earlier this year.
He added that bottled water sales have increased every year from 1977 to 2016, with the exception of two years during the Great Recession.
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