Bottled Water - US - March 2013
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“Bottled water has been able to rebound from declines showcased during the worst of the economic downturn, but it still faces challenges, such as consumers being more likely to drink tap water than bottled water. However, bottled waters have been able to appeal based on taste, convenience, and value-added products. Manufacturers must continue to address these key issues in order to propel the growth in the category, which also faces competition from within due to the growth of flavored sparkling water.”
– Jennifer Zegler, Beverage Analyst
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The bottled water segment has rebounded from recessionary declines shown in 2008-09 as well as negative perceptions about its possible environmental effects. However, consumers are not returning in droves due to increased price-consciousness that has encouraged ongoing tap water consumption. But bottled water still appeals to consumers based on convenience and taste. Manufacturers need to remain innovative and proactive about bottled water’s drawbacks, such as eco-friendliness, by releasing consumer-facing philanthropic activities. In addition, companies can take advantage of consumer desire for healthier beverage options and customization, which is addressed by beverage mixes that are encouraging additional water consumption. Brands that can appeal to these trends without losing key connections will be poised to grow along with the overall category.
Mintel covers the U.S. market for bottled water as defined by the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA). The IBWA defines bottled water as water sealed in a sanitary container to be sold for human consumption. This water may be artificially purified or tapped from a natural spring. Flavored carbonated and noncarbonated waters also are included. Therefore, the following types of bottled water are included in the report:
In addition, this report will include a special supplement on the sales, marketing strategies, and consumer use of powdered and liquid beverage mix products, including Crystal Light and MiO, as it relates to water consumption.
Not included in this report are the following: water sold from bulk dispensers or coolers; water sold in restaurants; and home or office water delivery.
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