Perrier
According to legend, as far back as 218 BC, Hannibal and his army, after crossing Spain on their way to conquer Rome, set up camp on the site of what would later become known as Les Bouillens, a naturally carbonated spring. Soldiers found it remarkably refreshing. The Romans were the first to build a stone basin at the site of the spring, along with a few buildings. These installations were a precursor to the spa that would be built much later on.

Commercial operation really took hold only in 1863, when Napoleon III signed a decree acknowledging that the spring water was a natural mineral water. Six years later, in 1869, fire razed the Vergèze installations. Despite attempts to restore the site, the company experienced heavy losses, and eventually went bankrupt. Louis Rouvière, a Vergèze landowner and businessman, bought the Bouillens estate in 1888, and in 1894, leased the spring, with an option to purchase, to a doctor from Nîmes. In 1898, Dr. Louis Perrier took over ownership of the Bouillens estate.

In 1903, Sir St.-John Harmsworth, a member of the English aristocracy, invested in the property and renamed the spring from Les Bouillens to Source Perrier, named after the dedicated physician who brought it to his attention. St John Harmsworth was instrumental in developing the Perrier Spring Company, giving it a strong identity and image, and became responsible for the distinctively shaped bottle. 

Perrier's famous green bottle became popular throughout Europe and was the first sparkling natural mineral water in the U.S. Perrier became an intrinsic part of an active, healthy American lifestyle in the late 1970s. 

Nestlé took over Perrier in 1992, forming what would eventually be known as Nestlé Waters SA, which leads the world bottled water market today with 73 brands, including such names as Perrier, Vittel, Valvert, San Pellegrino, Acqua Panna and Contrex.

 
Water In The News

The Summer Fancy Food Show in NY.
The show, with more cheese, chocolate and beverages than anyone can possibly sample, has come and gone. Reports are that it was a great success. We are somewhat biased, and walk past most of the displays. On a mission, we're looking for the perfect water and presentation. Many new brands are trying to make their entry into the US, and of course many of our great sellers were there also. Here's a few examples of what we found.



If you haven't been there, just the entry area at the Javits Center is huge.



The Scottish booth, proudly displaying Highland Spring and Speyside Glenlivet

   
         
Be careful,
that's 142
bottles of Ferrarelle
  San Benedetto introduces a
new bottle design.
  TyNant and
Tau made a showing


Second International Fine Water Tasting

Fine Waters and the Fine Water Society in collaboration with the Water Expo, Guangzhou is conducting the 2nd International Fine Water Tasting Competition in Guangzhou, 29th of June to July 1st, 2016.


US Bottled Water Statistics

Now here are a few US statistics on trends, however, we went to Zenith International in the UK as our source.
  • 73% of the growth in bottled water consumption since 1998 is attributable to people switching from carbonated soft drinks, juices and milk. So tap water is in the remaining 27%.
  • Bottled water could overtake carbonated soft drinks in volume by next year.
  • Current growth rates for selected different water types are:


More Evidence Consumers Are Switching
A recent press release from the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) also highlights the trend of consumers increasingly choosing healthy, convenient, zero-calorie bottled water. In 2015, Americans’ per-capita consumption was up 7.1 percent, with every person in America drinking on average 36.5 gallons of bottled water (up from 34.1 gallons in 2014). BMC also reported that in 2015 bottled water achieved a new volume record—exceeding 11.7 billion gallons, almost 3 billion gallons higher than it had been in 2007. Bottled water sales increased by 8.9 percent in 2015, totaling $14.2 billion (wholesale).

And Further Evidence....
Keurig Green Mountain Inc., which made its name as a maker of single-cup coffee machines, is laying off more than 100 workers after its Keurig Kold home soda machine system fizzled out after less than a year on the market. The company said that it's discontinuing Kold in its first generation and offering customers refunds for the full purchase price. The home soda-making machine debuted last fall to questions about its affordability, in a market in which the demand is decreasing.

"Toilet to Tap" A Solution For Southern CA.

We have discussed this idea before, and now it's even closer to reality. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California working towards a plan to purify wastewater into potable drinking water. The company is discussing the plan with county sanitation districts, initially, to use the recycled water to recharge underground basins, but there could eventually be a “direct to potable” reuse, according to the district.

Right now, California does not allow “toilet to tap” water, primarily because most people find the concept rather unsettling. But in the coming months, that could change thanks to pending legislation.


Brands In The News

The Trend of New Products Continue
Drinking a bottle of Formula Four Oxygen water not only hydrates consumers, but delivers the same amount of oxygen as breathing for ten minutes, according to the company. This extra oxygen translates to improved endurance, faster recovery, increased stamina and greater mental clarity. Besides distilled water and stabilized oxygen, the only ingredient in the functional beverage is sea salt.


For Your Kids Funny Bone
Tickle water, an unsweetened sparkling water designed for children. Available in 4 flavors, original, green apple, watermelon, and cola. These sparkling beverages are free of preservatives, GMO's, gluten, sodium, sugar, calories and artificial sweetners.

In The Learning Corner


Be Careful Of Too Much Potassium
"Too much of a good thing can actually be bad for you"...well, one man definitely should have heeded that old adage.
On this particular day, he had been playing tennis for hours in over 90-degree temperatures. In that time he drank eight 11-ounce bottles of coconut water…

Suddenly, he started to feel lightheaded and even briefly lost consciousness. Afterward, the man felt weak and was rushed to the emergency room in an ambulance. In addition to feeling unusually warm and disoriented, his heart rate and blood pressure were extremely low.

It turned out that the man had too much potassium in his blood, and the culprit was the massive quantities of coconut water he was regularly drinking. Coconuts, are absolutely loaded with potassium. An abnormally high amount of potassium can lead to deadly conditions like cardiac arrest. Fortunately, the man survived, but he was lucky. Limit your intake of coconut water to just a few servings a day in order to avoid risking your own health!

 
 
 

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