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British-sourced Bottled Water Sector Now 1.9 Billion Litres

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British bottled water production grew to 1,194 million litres (1.9bn) in 2013, the latest figures show. The total value of the bottled water market in Britain has increased yet again - to £1.7 billion compared with £1.6 in the previous year - according to British Bottled Water Producers.

Bottled water holds a significant share of the soft drinks industry in the UK and sales in this country of locally-produced waters continue to account for an enormous proportion of the total: according to the latest figures from Zenith International, 1,120 million litres of UK-produced bottled water were consumed in the UK in 2013.  In total, UK production was 1.9 billion litres.

In just under ten years (1994 - end 2013) the UK total UK bottled water market, including water coolers and imported waters, has grown from just 690 million litres to just over 2.3 billion litres, says Zenith International.

Jo Jacobius, Director of British Bottled Water Producers, says: “As a nation we now drink more bottled water than fruit juices/nectars, wine or spirits. The long term growth in bottled water consumption continues and it is good to see that in Britain we like to support home-sourced waters. In addition, interest in natural foods and drinks is reflected in the fact that natural water – Natural Mineral Water and Spring Water – have seen combined growth of approaching 9.3% in 2013. Buying British is good for Britain”.

UK bottled water consumption per person exceeded 37 litres in 2013, up from 34 litres in 2012 and 26.9 litres in 2001.

Sales of still water continue the recent trend of out-stripping sparkling water with still water now accounting for around 85%.  Natural Mineral Water accounts for 60% of the UK market; Spring Water accounts for 32%; Bottled drinking waters (ie. so-called ‘table’ waters) account for 6%; whilst Purified waters have a 2% share..

British Bottled Water Producers now has 14 member brands: Belu, Brecon Carreg, Celtic Vale, Chalice Well Water, Hatterall Ridge, Iceni Waters, Llanllyr Source, Princes Gates Spring Water, Shepley Spring, Blue Keld, Love Water, Swithland Spring, Wenlock Spring  and Wingham Well Spring. For details of these and links visit
*BBWP would like to thank Zenith International for providing the research data.
For further information:
Jo Jacobius

020 8347 8206
07850 338 998

Article posted on: 20 May 2014

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The trend towards healthy eating and drinking means that more people are buying bottled water. We're mostly made of water. Water is life-giving and vital.

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