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Vittel-spa-town

69 AD

The Vittel® spring has been around a long time: there was already a Gallo-Roman spa town on the site by this point. It seems it was named after its owner, a Roman general called Vitellius who used it to treat his gout.

vittel-louis-bouloumie

1854

Lawyer Louis Bouloumié was taking the waters nearby when he was told about the Vittel® spring. Noticing how the water improved his digestive problems, he decided to buy the meadow containing the Grande Source spring known as the Fontaine de Gérémoy.

Vittel-stoneware-bottle

1855

Having been permitted to use the spring, Louis Bouloumié created the Vittel spa. At first, the Grande Source spring, public baths and showers were housed in a simple wooden cabin. From 1857, the healing water was bottled in square stoneware bottles with porcelain stoppers.

Vittel-spa-waters

1860

Spa waters were at the height of their popularity. Louis Bouloumié's simple spa was expanded, a hotel was built and a park was put in. It quickly became famous in France and abroad thanks to the contributions of many famous doctors, architects and artists.  

vittel-pierre-bouloumie

1869

Louis Bouloumié handed over the reins to his sons: military doctor Pierre who improved hydrotherapy practices, and Ambroise, a lawyer like his father, who later became Mayor of Vittel. Together, they developed the spa resort.

vittel-vosges

1882

The “Société Générale des Eaux Minérales de Vittel®” (SGEMV) mineral water company was founded. A year before, the Longes-Vittel-Nancy railway line had opened, facilitating access to Vittel and allowing more people to take the waters. Famous architect Charles Garnier was responsible for updating the resort by renovating the arcades and building new thermal baths, the Grand Hotel, the Casino and concert halls.

vittel-cure-1898

1898

Pierre Bouloumié came up with the idea of increasing Vittel® Grande Source Mineral Water sales by putting the healing water into glass bottles so people could carry on taking it at home. In June 1898, celebrations were held to mark the first million bottles. Vittel® Grande Source Mineral Water was famous as a treatment for arthritis.

Vittel-Grand-Source-1903

1903

Vittel® Grande Source Mineral Water was officially recognised as being “of public interest” by the French Academy of Medicine. The spa resort’s reputation was now international. An industrial packaging unit meant over three million Grande Source bottles and demijohns were produced.

Vittel-drinking-water

1929

Ambroise’s son Jean, a doctor by profession, took over from his father. With sales of Vittel® Natural Mineral Water continuing to increase, he had a modern bottling factory built and attached to the railway station. Vittel® was then sold as water to drink daily, rather than simply a way to extend treatment outside the resort. 

Vittel-bottles-1968

1968

Following a request from Air France, Vittel® designed a plastic bottle for passenger in-flight meals. Plastic bottles replaced glass bottles and moved from pharmacy shelves into supermarkets. 

vittel-Bonne-Source

1990

To meet growing international demand, a second spring was identified in a deeper aquifer in the heart of Vittel’s hydromineral basin. This was Vittel® Bonne Source water, which was recognised as natural mineral water in 1990 and authorised to be bottled for export in 1991.

vittel-Agrivair

1992

Nestlé bought Vittel® and incorporated it into its water division, Nestlé Waters. Vittel® then launched AGRIVAIR, a cutting-edge initiative to protect the impluvium of the Grande Source, one of Vittel®’s two springs. Farmers, businesses, research institutes, tourism operators, regional authorities, individuals and charities all work together to protect the land around the spring.

Vittel-pet

1994

Bottles no longer contained PVC: it was replaced with PET. This revolutionary plastic is 100% recyclable, tougher and more transparent.

vittel-sports-cap

1998

Vittel® launched a new 75cl bottle with a revolutionary sports cap. Hikers and sports enthusiasts took to it straight away.

Vittel-Vosges-thermal-bath

2001

The thermal baths were sold to the Partouche Group, then bought by the Town of Vittel in 2008.

Vittel-tourdefrance-partner

2008

Vittel® partnered with the Tour de France: the third-biggest sporting event in the world. One value shared by both the natural mineral water brand and the Tour is togetherness, with the former handing out almost a million bottles at the event each year. Vittel® also partners with the Paris Half Marathon and Marathon.

Vittel-infusion-range

2018

Vittel® & Organic Infused Fruits were launched: a simple recipe inspired by all things homemade and yet the only one of its kind, combining Vittel® Natural Mineral Water with cold-infused organic whole fruit for an intense, natural fruit flavour. Plus, it's organic and low in calories!

Vittel-up-range

2019

Vittel® Up was launched: a fresh range that combines Vittel® Natural Mineral Water with natural fruit flavourings so you can quench your thirst any time on a low-sugar organic drink with a little fruity touch!

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Protecting the spring

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