Starbucks Moves Water Operation out of California

Ethos will relocate to Pennsylvania

Amid continuing drought across much of the West, Starbucks has announced it will move its bottled water operation from California to Pennsylvania for the next six months. (Ed Yourdon/Flickr)
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Starbucks is moving its production of Ethos bottled water out of California and into Pennsylvania in the next six months due to the drought in the West, according to a Thursday report from NBC News.

“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,” said John Kelly, Starbucks senior vice president of global responsibility and public policy, according to NBC News

The decision follows a Mother Jones article revealing that Ethos water sold in the western U.S. comes from private springs in Baxter, California, which is classified as being in “exceptional drought.”

*This story has been revised from the version first published on May 8, 2015, because it inadvertently used similar language to what was published in NBC NewsOutside apologizes for the error and is investigating all previous work of the writer.

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