A timeless gourmet favorite, Badoit is a naturally sparkling mineral water characterized by its abundance of tiny bubbles and its unique, delicate taste. In fact, the name Badoit, (pronounced ba-dwah) is French for fine bubbles.
Badoit is an iconic beverage in the restaurants and homes of France and has long held a special place in the French diet. It makes for an ideal dining accompaniment; its fine and delicate bubbles deliver a clean and crisp taste that enhances, but does not overtake other flavors. Bottled since 1838 at its source in the picturesque town of St. Galmier, Badoit has a legendary history in French water consumption. This naturally sparkling water was not only known and prescribed by local doctors for its many healthful properties in the XVIIIth century, but was obviously known to the Romans since the remains of thermal baths have been found on the present site of the Badoit factory.
For centuries the residents of the town of Saint Galmier have satisfied their need for sparkling, refreshment by partaking directly from the water’s source. Today, the local inhabitants venture to the town’s “filling station” where they can tap into the sparkling benefits of Badoit whenever the need arises.
Propelled by the pressure of naturally occurring underground gas deposits, Badoit travels the long journey from its deep and ancient source through fissures in the granite sub-strata slowly acquiring its distinct mineral composition, unique taste and its lively, intensely sparkling, carbonation along the way.
Badoit is captured at a depth of 100 meters into the granite where it retains a constant temperature of 16°C (61°F). The size of the bubbles of a sparkling mineral water is influenced by its mineral composition. It contains bicarbonates, as well as calcium and fluoride, and has a low sodium content. It is also rich in magnesium, an important component of a balanced diet. The source water emerges lightly sparkling, then the carbonation is carefully intensified.
The parent company, Danone has just recently changed to screw caps, replacing the snap cap on all sizes. A long time market leader in France, Badoit is now available in North America at select fine dining establishments, exclusive hotels, gourmet food retailers and, of course, proudly delivered to these venues by Aqua Maestro.
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Bottled Water By The Numbers
A recent report By Zenith International has shown premium water has strengthened globally. Sales increased to 10.3 billion liters, a 3.9% increase. "85% of sales were in the mature markets of North America and West Europe, noted Karen Wells, Senior Consultant at Zenith.The global premium water market is relatively consolidated, with The leading five brands in th eglobal premium market include; Evian, Volvic, Vittel, Gerolsteiner and San Pellegrino, which account for more than half of total volume.
Zenith estimates that the global market for premium water will increase to more than 12.5 billion liters by 2020.
The above graph is "Global" Premium water, and breaking it down further, another Graph supplied by the Beverage Marketing Corporation, breaks the US market down into segments. The "Fine Water" segment falls almost entirely into the very small pink sliver of Imports, reflecting 1.1%. There a few domestic brands, but they are far outnumbered in volume by imports.
Looks like we have a lot of room to grow.
First A Drought....Now..Uranium??
A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey has found high levels of Uranium in up to one in ten public water systems. A by-product of draught, and irrigation, the Uranium is not being diluted or washed away. Pumping more and more groundwater on to the rich farm lands of California, over long periods of time, are producing this harmful effect. To date little is being done to warn the public, however, in some predominantly Mexican neighborhoods, who make up the majority of farm workers, signs are being posted which say (in poor English), "you can drink the water....but if you drink the water over a period of time, you can get cancer."
Some cities are taking steps to filter the water, or dilute the Uranium rich water, with cleaner water, lowering the Uranium to safer levels.
Fort Lauderdale Boil Water Alert
We see these alerts, happen all over the country, and apparently our "home town" is not immune to the same thing. A water main break on Christmas Day, effected a portion of Ft. Lauderdale, and took a few days to repair and flush the system. Aging water lines are the culprit, but this is the third time in five years, Ft. Lauderdale has lost water service during the holidays.
Going where no man has gone before
At least in a semi tracktor trailor. A historic bridge in southern Indiana collapses in just seconds, officials saying the semi-truck crossing it was too heavy and too big to be driving across the bridge. The bridge in Paoli, Indiana was built in 1880, and clearly marked with signs indicating "NO TRUCKS," and a 6 ton weight limit. The woman driving the truck was 23 years old, and had just received her commercial drivers license 7 months earlier. She stated, she didn't know how much 6 tons was in pounds. Her truck weighed in at almost 30 tons. (We mention this accident, because the truck was carrying bottled water!)
Brands in the News
No, not Smartwater...
but a "smart" water bottle
The HidrateSpark bottle keeps track of how much water you drink and connects to your phone. The HidrateSpark app recommends a customized water goal for you to reach each day and sends helpful reminders so you don't fall off track. The bottle even GLOWS when you fall behind and need to drink more.
The Next New Addition
Oxygen rich, electrolyte rich, vitamin rich, mineral rich.....and now...hydrogen rich. HFactor uses a patent-pending manufacturing method to naturally infuse pure hydrogen into
water. The product is packaged in a special aluminum vessel to keep the hydrogen inside. The
hydrogen can escape through plastic, glass or other bottle materials. According to Gail Levy,
founder of HFactor, "Consumers understand the benefits of antioxidants, and molecular
hydrogen is one of the best".
Believe It Or Not....
You Can Bath In Your Favorite Water
Serena Williams does....after a grueling tennis match (if she's in Miami)
This treatment is part of an exclusive package offered to selected special guests at the Hotel Victor in Miami. It involves taking a luxurious bath in 1,000 liters of Evian natural spring water with hundreds of gorgeous rose petals. Priced at just $5000, but hey, also in the package is a couple of spa treatments, a bottle of champagne, and an exotic dessert.