Bottled Water Consumption Reached 5 Billion Gallons in 2000, Largely Due to Concerns Over Water Safety

Updated: Mon, Nov 05 1:40 PM EST

 

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- By some estimates, bottled water will replace coffee and tea as the second largest beverage product category behind soft drinks in 2004. According to The U.S. Market for Bottled and Enhanced Water, the latest report from Packaged Facts now available on MarketResearch.com, the bottled water market is currently experiencing a period of pronounced growth that shows little sign of slowing.

Potability and portability have both played an enormous role in this tremendous upswing in the demand for bottled water. The U.S. Market for Bottled and Enhanced Water states that consumer awareness about arsenic levels in the water supply, as well as concerns about municipal water purification programs, have created the publicly held perception that tap water is unsafe. The report also pinpoints portability as a growth factor in the market. The health benefits of drinking water have been well-publicized in recent years and more and more people are making it a habit to stay well-hydrated during the day, making bottled water a constant companion, and, in some cases, a fashion accessory.

"Consumer awareness is driving this market on many different levels," said Meg Hargreaves, VP of Research Publishing for MarketResearch.com. "The public has questions about the quality of public water supplies and we are attuned to health and hydration issues. Drinking bottled water is an easy and convenient way to deal with both these concerns."

The U.S. Market for Bottled and Enhanced Water provides detailed information about consumer demographics, as well as distribution and marketing trends, sales figures, product development, and emerging retail campaigns. The report also includes historical sales data, as well as market projections through the year 2005.