Nestle: A Giant In A Hurry

The top brass at food giant Nestle had always coveted leadership in the fast-growing mineral water business. That meant buying France's Source Perrier--but it didn't seem for sale. Then one day in November, 1991, the phone rang at the company's lakeside headquarters at Vevey, facing the Swiss Alps. A friend told Chairman Helmut Maucher the jolting news that Italy's Agnellis were about to bid for the holding company that controlled Perrier.

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