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Nestlé water turned into cups at Milan Expo

One of the four towers at Switzerland’s pavilion at the Expo 2015 in Milan was originally meant to be filled with bottles of water from sponsor Nestlé. Now, however, visitors will be offered cups which they can fill with local tap water.  The decision by Presence Switzerland, the government body responsible for Switzerland’s image abroad, follows criticism of the heavy involvement of the Swiss food and drink multinational, which has contributed CHF3 million ($3.1 million) to the pavilion’s CHF23.1 million budget. Sponsorship totals CHF8 million.  Nestlé has been criticised for commercialising water resources, according to a cabinet statement in September in response to a parliamentary question. It added that this was hard to reconcile with Switzerland’s image for sustainability, which is what it wanted to convey at the exposition.  “We raised the water question, we thought about it and listened,” Nicolas Bideau, head of Presence Switzerland, told the media on Tuesday. Show more

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