Fiji Water reverses plans to quit Fiji

A screen capture of the Fiji Water website

November 30, 2010 1:25:39 PM PST
Fiji Water has reopened its operations in the South Pacific nation - just two days after it closed its bottling plant and laid off 400 workers in a row over a major government tax increase.

The U.S.-owned company says after meeting with Fiji's leader it has agreed to "comply" with the hefty tax hike imposed on it by the military-led regime.

Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, said earlier he was ready to call tenders from international groups interested in taking over the artesian water bores that Fiji Water uses to extract one of the world's most popular bottled water brands.

On Monday the company, owned by California entrepreneurs Linda and Stewart Rescind, said it was closing its facility in Fiji, canceling orders from suppliers.


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