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British-sourced bottled water sector hits 1.9 billion litres

03 June 2014

British bottled water production grew to 1,194 million litres (1.9bn) in 2013, according to the latest figures. 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 of locally-produced waters continue to account for a large 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.

Commenting on the figures, Jo Jacobius, director of British Bottled Water Producers, said: "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 account for 6%; while Purified waters have a 2% share.

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