Thursday, September 6, 2007

Norland International’s Expertise Saves Customer Big Money
It pays to have a close relationship with your bottled water equipment supplier. You get to know us. We get to know you.

And that means we can help you spot areas in your business that can be made more efficient, cost-effective, and profitable.

For Healing Waters LLC, Dillon, Montana, the company’s relationship with Norland International, its bottled water equipment supplier, has paid off in significant cost savings in bottle acquisition. David Hegsted is the president of the company, which markets its bottled water under the Montaqua™ brand name.

“Now he’s saving at a rate of 9 cents per bottle,” says Bruce Kucera, Norland’s Vice President-sales. “Figured over 3 to 5 million bottles a year, that’s a significant cost savings.”

During routine customer follow-up, Norland International learned that the company was spending a lot of money to purchase and ship vendor-supplied empty bottles. Healing Waters produces from 3 million to 5 million bottles a year.

Bruce suggested to Healing Waters’ president David Hegsted that the company consider manufacturing its own bottles on site. Norland International could provide the perfect blow molder line, the Freedom™ Series, to fit his company’s business requirements, Bruce informed him.

This way, he’d save the cost of shipping empty bottles, save plant space by better inventory control (they make their bottles when they need them) and avoid the occasional delivery problems from vendors.

“We approached him with the idea and set up a special rental program for him,” Kucera says. “He liked the idea and purchased a Freedom™ 1500 blow molder.” The Model 1500 produces up to 1500 bottles an hour.

Norland International custom-designed the molds that make Healing Waters’ bottles unique to its market. The company bottles water in 16.9 oz, 20 oz and 1 liter sizes. Hegsted now controls his inventory, conserves floor space, and avoids problems that crop up from time to time on delivery from vendors.

Add to those benefits that 9 cents a bottle savings, and Healing Waters LLC has improved its bottom line significantly, thanks to Norland International.

Norland International Client Featured in Beverage World Magazine
Lincoln, Nebraska–Beverage World, a leading trade publication serving the beverage industry worldwide, features in its March 15, 2007 issue Crystal Mountain Natural Spring Water, a Norland International client located in Huntsville, Alabama.

The article provides “an excellent case history from which new start-up bottling companies, as well as established companies, can learn much about this industry and how to operate a successful and profitable bottled water company,” says Bruce Kucera, vice president sales and marketing for Norland International. “Terry Roberts and his company have done an excellent job in the 5-gallon market niche, and have expanded into the small-bottle processing and packaging business.”

Norland International worked with Crystal Mountain to develop a customized plant design, utilizing the company’s SpectraPak™ 5000 bottle-per-hour small-bottle plant and the automatic ShrinkPak™ to package these single-serve products. Crystal Mountain has also added Norland’s automatic RackStacker™ to improve operational efficiency for their large-bottle (3- to 5-gallon) market. Norland International continues to provide Crystal Mountain with equipment upgrades and technical support.

To read this article, click here.

(Link courtesy of Beverage World.)

Italians Consume Most Bottled Water Per Capita
Ever wonder who consumes the most bottled water around the world?

Well, based on per capita consumption, Italians drink the most bottled water per year, based on the most recently available statistics (2006), followed by the United
Arab Emirates and Mexico. The complete Top Ten countries measured by bottled water consumption per person:

1. Italy 53.6 gal.
2. United Arab Emirates 51.9 gal.
3. Mexico 50.5 gal.
4. France 39.3 gal.
5. Belgium-Luxembourg 38.3 gal.
6. Germany 34.1 gal.
7. Spain 33.3 gal.
8. Lebanon 31.3 gal.
9. Switzerland 29.0 gal.
10. United States 27.6 gal.

Source: Bottled Water Reporter, April/May 2007 issue, citing Beverage Marketing Corporation figures. Bottled Water Reporter is the official publication of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA).

Did You Know?
You can get ideas for the design of your bottling plant by taking a free look at several designs on the Norland International web site? Many of our customers ask Norland to provide plant designs for their operations. We have a number of generic layouts you can view free on our web site. Our engineers also design custom layouts to meet the unique requirements our customers may have. Check them out here