Ancient Greek fabulist Aesop once said, “Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” The notion of not letting outside influences take away from a core message has been applied to literature, music, politics and even business. For one beverage-maker, substance over style has been a philosophy engrained in its products and messaging from the beginning.
As Americans look for better-for-you alternatives to carbonated soft drinks (CSDs), the U.S. bottled water category is reaching unprecedented heights, according to new research from Chicago-based Mintel, which reveals that sales of bottled water increased 6.4 percent to top $15 billion in 2015. The market research firm expects sales to continue ascending at a rapid pace through 2020, with projected sales growth of 34.7 percent for the category, including 75.1 percent growth for the sparkling/mineral water/seltzer segment, it says.
After being out for the past few weeks on maternity leave, I am happy to be back at Beverage Industry. The birth of my first child definitely was a time for celebration in our family. However, I still was too exhausted to join in the festivities.