Who We Are

Premium Waters is a consortium of bottling plants with a long history in the bottled water business. Our company was incorporated by the Chesterman Company in 1994. That same year, we purchased the Kandiyohi Bottled Water Company, signaling our reentry into the bottled water industry. In 1997, we purchased Chippewa Springs, a company that has been in the spring water business for more than a century.

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EXPANSION AND INVESTMENT

Organic growth through fundamental distribution gains, as well as the emergence of the bottled water industry, led to expansion. Acquisitions complemented natural growth and allowed us to scale the business. Geographic expansion followed acquisitions of plants, people and new customers.

As growth was occurring, investments were made in plant, equipment, automation and, most importantly, in integration, as we made our own bottles and caps. Continual investments in technology have been a difference maker in our success.

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STAYING INNOVATIVE AND COMPETITIVE

Innovation has been an important part of service to our customers. We combined branded- and private-label production as part of our strategy. By producing 5-gallon, gallons and PET packages, provides a broader service for our customers. It also enabled us to reach more consumers with our offerings.

In addition to innovation, cost reduction and competitive pricing are ways we keep our products and services going strong in the marketplace.

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A REGIONAL NETWORK

Our corporate offices are located in Minneapolis, MN and Kansas City, MO. Through our growing network of bottling plants and distribution centers, we serve customers throughout the United States. In spite of our continued growth, we’ve made a decision not to be a national producer, preferring to perform well in the regions we serve.

Premium Waters is proud to be a member of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA). Our membership means we are subject to strict standards of quality that ensure we continually meet our promises of reliability and satisfaction.

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PREMIUM WATERS HISTORY

Here’s a historical look at our company and its growth:

1798

Chesterman Co.

Unsweetened carbonated water is first bottled in Europe; the idea quickly spreads to the United States.

1835

Chesterman Co.

Soda water is first bottled in the United States and sold as medicine (syrup was added for flavor).

1870

Chesterman Co.

Cilo Chesterman lends his brother-in-law $400 to start a bottling company (more than a century later, Premium Waters, Inc. would be incorporated by Chesterman Company, a pioneer in the U.S. bottling industry).

1994

Kandiyohi™

Chesterman Company re-enters the bottled water business by purchasing Kandiyohi Bottled Water Company, a distiller of purified bottled water, and adopts the name Premium Waters, Inc. This was the first step toward creating one of the largest bottled water companies.

1997

Premium Waters, Inc. (PWI)

PWI purchases Chippewa Springs Water® located in Chippewa Falls, WI. The purchase included 200 acres of natural woodlands that protects the Chippewa Springs, which was discovered in 1700.

1998

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PWI acquires Artesian Water (Racine, WI), Nature’s Purest (New Berlin, WI) and Lindsay Water Company (Madison, WI).

1999

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PWI purchases All Star Bottling of Kansas City, KS.

2000

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PWI purchases Mirage Distribution (Neenah, WI).

2001

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PWI acquires Naturally Pure Waters (Kenosha, WI) and Beer Capital Distributing water operations (Milwaukee, WI).

2002

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PWI purchases the Glacier Clear™ Company, adding four more plants to its operation.

2003

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PWI purchases the Stonepoint Group Ltd, a Canadian publicly traded company.

2004

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PWI begins blow molding operations, reducing the environmental footprint.

2011

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PWI builds a new home office and warehouse in Minneapolis. PWI also acquires the Glenwood Inglewood Company.

2012

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PWI builds a plant operation in Riverside, MO.

2015

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PWI purchases the Nicolet™ Natural Artesian Water™ Company.

2016

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PWI builds a new production facility in Las Vegas, NV. Makes continued enhancements for flavored and water beverages. Introduces Water Joe™.

2017

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PWI builds a new production facility in Jackson, MS.

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BOTTLED WATER BRANDS

Our popular brands of bottled water include: Chippewa® Springs, Glacier Clear™, Glenwood™, Nicolet™, Kandiyohi™ Premium, Nature’s Crystal™ and Water Joe™.

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BOTTLED WATER COOLERS

Energy-efficient stylish water cooler systems chill water for drinking or heats water for coffee, teas, cocoa and meals.

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WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

Our “bottle-less” water solutions provide pure and refreshing filtered water at your fingertips. Choose a carbon filtration or reverse osmosis water filtration system.

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COFFEE SOLUTIONS

We offer Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers, coffee products and accessories … and Newco™ Thermal Brewing Systems and accessories.

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