Starbucks No Longer Using California For Its Ethos Water Brand

David Wangberg

Due to the ongoing drought in California, coffee giant Starbucks has announced that it has plans to relocate production of its Ethos Water brand to Pennsylvania.

According to a statement on the official Starbucks website, the relocation is currently a six-month stint that will have Ethos Water bottles be produced at the company's Pennsylvania plant, while Starbucks tries to find distribution "alternative" for west coast operations.

The statement continues by stating that Starbucks has already cut back water usage in California stores by 26 percent because of the ongoing drought. John Kelly, the company's senior vice president of Global Responsibility and Public Policy, mentioned that the decision to relocate production to Pennsylvania came as a way to "accelerate water conservation."

"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."

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Lenzer noted that she had reached out to a Starbucks representative in regards to the use of the spring while California is facing a drought. The spokesperson said the spring is not open to the public.

"[It's] a private spring source that is not used for municipal water for any communities."

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