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Bottled water sales overtake soft drinks in USA

The USA has passed a nutritional milestone:

 

in 2016, for the first time in a long time, Americans drank more water than sweetened soft drinks like cola. At least, this are among the latest results of a survey by the market research organization Beverage Marketing Corporation.

Sales of bottled water are rising steadily

Just a few years ago, few Americans would have been prepared to pay good money for water in bottles when they could get it “for nothing” by simply turning on a tap. Today sales of bottled water are on the up; in 2016 Americans drank on average 149 litres of water per person, while average soft drink consumption stood at 146 litres per person. Ten years ago, be comparison, the figures were over 190 litres of sweetened fizzy drinks and 104 litres of water. It looks as if the message is getting through about the adverse health effects of soft drinks – especially the number of calories or artificial sweeteners they contain. Another reason for rising demand for bottled water could be the poor quality of drinking water from the tap in some parts of America.

Water has long been tops in Germany

These results may be a sensation in the USA, but in Germany and many other parts of Europe it’s simply normal. Mineral water has ranked as the most popular cold drink for many years. According to figures from the Verband Deutscher Mineralbrunnen, in 2016, the average German consumed 149 litres of mineral water plus another 3.9 litres of spring and table water. Sales of soft drinks dropped a little to an average per capita consumption of 116 litres according to provisional results from the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Alkoholfreie Getränke.

 

Source: Heike Kreutz, www.bzfe.de