Out of the USA, we have it that water has overtaken pop in popularity, but some feel it is worth highlighting the hidden cost in terms of plastic bottles.
Bottled water consumption last year hit 39.3 gallons per person vs pop consumption of 38.5 gallons per person. This is the first time bottled water has beat out pop.
Consider that per capita consumption of pop drinks was over 50 gallons in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Soda is still more expensive with sales of 39.5 billion vs 21.3 billion for water. The decline for pop sales has been on a steady decline since 2003.This comes with the highlighted concerns of sugary beverages and the links to obesity and diabetes. Scares from possible water contamination also helped bottled water sales.
As for the makers of Coke and Pepsi don’t be to worried as they are also owners of Dasani and Aquafina…two of the largest brands of bottled water. They are in the game.