Global bottled water maintains growth momentum
Global bottled water consumption advanced 6% to 206 billion litres in 2007, according to the new 2008 Global Bottled Water report from leading drinks consultancy Zenith International. Growing demand for pure water in emerging markets outweighed the impact of poor summer weather in the most developed market of West Europe.
Asia/Australasia reinforced its position as the largest regional market with a 26.5% share, achieving a 10% increase on 2006 volumes. Africa and East Europe also recorded gains of 14% and 10% respectively. These two regions, however, hold the smallest overall shares. Volumes climbed in all other regions except West Europe, which dipped by 0.2%.
"Media debate about the environmental impact of bottled water will have had some impact in the United States and West Europe, but last year's wet summer was of greater consequence in West Europe," commented Zenith Market Intelligence Director Gary Roethenbaugh. "The resilience of the global bottled water market shows that consumers continue to believe in the benefits of its purity and convenience."
Other points highlighted by the Zenith report include:
- Consumption per person reached 30.8 litres in 2007, up 1.4 litres on 2006.
- The United States and China were the two largest national markets, with Indonesia and Mexico maintaining their lead over Italy in 5th place.
- Still water continued to outpace sparkling water, reaching 86% of total volume.
- Bulk sizes above 10 litres accounted for 36% of overall consumption.
The world's top four bottled water companies - respectively NestlÃ¯Â¿Â½, Danone, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Ã¯Â¿Â½ maintained their 2006 combined volume share of 33%. Danone and NestlÃ¯Â¿Â½ each own three of the top 10 brands by volume. The top five global brands in volume terms were Aqua from Danone, Pure Life from NestlÃ¯Â¿Â½, Aquafina from PepsiCo, Electropura also from PepsiCo and Poland Spring from NestlÃ¯Â¿Â½ Waters North America. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo each have two brands in the top 10.
Providing detailed forecasts by country for the next five years, Zenith predicts bottled water consumption will rise a further 32% to 272 billion litres in 2012.
The 2008 Zenith Report on Global Bottled Water provides 2002-12 figures across 75 key countries plus smaller country groupings and includes a 12 month subscription to the bottled water database at www.globaldrinks.com. Contact Zenith International on tel +44 (0)1225 327900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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