Berg Water. Natural Canadian Water.
Iceberg water is a very unique product, in a category all by itself. It is an all natural, truly virginal water with almost no trace of minerals. This water's journey started over 15,000 years ago in the ancient glaciers of western Greenland. It has been safely stored in the ice cap, protected by the ocean and the hazardous conditions of the arctic weather.

Isolation has made its source totally inaccessible to man. It is not until massive pieces of ice break off into the ocean in the form of icebergs that they can be harvested. Icebergs are melted and bottled under strict quality conditions in order to preserve the water's natural qualities.

Production can be limited due to extended winters and the harsh conditions of the North Atlantic. Harvesting icebergs is a dangerous task. They are very unstable, shift frequently and can roll over in seconds, which make the possibility of drinking iceberg water an accomplishment in itself.

Berg water comes from Icebergs, a unique source. Berg should not be confused with glacier water. The main difference is that glacier water is bottled after it melts to the pools at the base of the glacier, coming in contact with land. Iceberg water is harvested directly from the icebergs, and is not exposed to ground contaminants.

There are other waters that have a low TDS (total dissolved solids). However, Berg water has a TDS of less than 10 ppm, one of the lowest in the market. Since icebergs have the consistency of concrete, seawater is unable to penetrate the ice and contaminate the mineral content. The result is pure, clean water with the crisp natural taste of melted snow.

Harvesting is mostly done by hand and small quantities so the impact in the environment is almost non existent. Icebergs melt naturally in the ocean, so instead of exploiting springs or underground aquifers, Berg collects the water before it disappears into the sea. The water is bottled in its natural state, without significant processing in order to preserve its natural properties. The water maintains the same composition and characteristics both at the time of bottling and collection.

Water In The News...

IBWA Issues Statement Saying Water Helps Reduce Type 2 Diabetes
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) recently issued a statement in response to findings related to healthful hydration., released Sept. 15, at the Sustaining the Blue Planet: Global Water Education Conference.

"The findings, presented during the conference's Healthy Hydration Symposium, show that proper hydration, such as choosing water, can reduce weight gain and contribute to risk reduction of type 2 diabetes. This research reinforces the important role of drinking water, including bottled water, as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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United States Leads The Way
The United States remains the No. 1 country for bottled water consumption and saw it increase 2 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, according to Matt Wilton, commercial consulting director with Zenith International. Wilton adds that North America's return to growth in 2010 suggests a positive impression of 2011 bottled water sales.

Although the United States has seen this increase in sales, North America's percentage of bottled water consumption had been decreasing in the last few years. Zenith reported global bottled water consumption increased from 175 billion liters in 2005 to 237 billion liters in 2010, with large growth coming from Asia and Australia, which make up 30.6 percent of the global total.

Bottled Water To The Rescue
Recently, a passenger train came to a creaking halt in the East of England, because a safety feature cut off power after a leak had led to a loss of coolant. The quick thinking staff put a message out over the announcement system asking if anyone had bottles of water to top off the cooling system.

Fortunately, enough people had bottled water with them, and the train was able to complete its journey. Trains need hydrating too, it seems.

Italian Mineral Water Industry Conference
The Italian Mineral Water Industry Conference, to be held in Venice on March 7 and 8, 2012, is a two day event incorporating plant tours, workshops and conference sessions, organized in association with Mineracqua. The event brings together producers, suppliers, customers and other industry partners to gain an overview of market trends, developments and issues.

UK Bottled Water Industry Conference
The 20th UK Bottled Water Industry Conference in Bath will be held on November 9th and 10th. Coca-Cola, Danone, Highland Spring, Nestlé and Princes Gate are amongst the speakers.

Brands In The News…

Nestle Waters Sees Green
Nestlé Waters North America has announced its headquarters in Stamford, Conn. has received the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. This marks the company's 10th LEED-certified building.

They Also See Pink
Nestlé Waters North America has launches special "Pink Packs" of its Nestlé Pure Life brand which will donate a proportion of sales revenue to fund breast cancer research and education.

On The Less-Tech Side…

Light From A Water Bottle
A simple initiative in the Philippines is bringing a bit of brightness into the lives of the country's poorest people.

The project is called "Litre of Light", and the technology involved is just a plastic bottle filled with water.

It's an environmentally-friendly alternative to an electric light bulb, and it's virtually free.

As simple as it sounds, a one-liter plastic bottle filled with purified water and some bleach could serve as a light bulb for some of the millions of people who live without electricity. Properly installed, a simple PET litre bottle can produce 50-60 watts of light, without electricity. Originally developed by MIT students, the "solar bottle bulb" is now being distributed to homes throughout the Philippines.

An iceberg is a large piece of freshwater ice that has broken off from a glacier or ice shelf and is floating in open water.

The word iceberg comes from the Dutch term ijsberg which means "ice mountain".

Glaciers form on land as the result of snow accumulation over thousands of years. Icebergs are created when the edge of a glacier advances into the ocean and breaks off in pieces.

The biggest part of an iceberg, about seven-eights of it, is below water.

When iceberg ice melts quickly, the bubbles released from it make a sound like soda water fizzing.