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Vichy Catalan 500mL Snap Top
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For a limited time, Exclusively for our Fountain Head readers - Aqua Maestro is offering the distinctive taste of Vichy Catalan in a Buy One Get One FREE offer. Use PROMO code "BOGO" when checking out.

Vichy Catalan, has a very distinctive taste with a particularly high TDS level and a natural sparkling mineral water which has additional carbonic gas added. 500mL glass (20) bottles per case. You will receive 2 cases for the price of 1. The discount will reflect once the cases are added to the shopping cart.

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Hildon Natural Waters
Hildon Natural Mineral Water comes from beneath the chalk hills of the beautiful Hampshire countryside in the South of England. The water is wholesome, naturally filtered and crystal-clear. It is free from pollution and has a stable composition, being naturally low in sodium. The water is bottled at the source and whether it is delightfully still or gently sparkling, it has a distinctive, delicious taste.

Hildon's beautiful understated bottle is served at scores of first class hotel and resort properties, is seen on the dais at the Ryder Cup when the event is played in the UK, it graces picnic tables at polo matches, and is allegedly first choice at Buckingham. The chemistry of Hildon features good levels of Calcium and Bicarbonates. According to the company, the Nitrate level is 6 milligrams per liter.

There are strict rules governing the labeling of water as Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water or Bottled Water. Water sold as Natural Mineral Water must originate in an officially recognized spring, be microbiologically wholesome and have been protected from all risk of pollution.

Hildon-Catchment-Area
Hildon's Catchment Area

The immediate physical catchment area, which is above the source, is protected from chemicals and is covered with trees and grassland offering a natural safe haven for wildlife. The Home of Hildon Natural Mineral Water remains virtually untouched.

The original Hildon bottle was created in 1988. Its design was based on the classic Bordeaux shape with its distinctive high shoulder, which originated in the early 19th century. Hildon has always had a close association with the wine trade and is the first choice for cleansing the palate at many prestigious wine tastings.

It was a proud day for Hildon in April of 2017 when they received the Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II. The new label on the Hildon bottles now features the Crest bearing the Royal Coat of Arms, prominently front and center.

Water In The News

Plastic Particles Found in Bottled Water?

Be careful, and don’t believe everything you read. A recent study from Orb Media, a non-profit journalism organization, has claimed 93% of bottled water tested has shown “some sign of microplastic contamination.” They don’t tell you that microplastics are found everywhere across the environment in soil, air and water. It also means you have been consuming the tiny particles in anything you ingest. What the study does show, is there is a lack of knowledge of the microplastic contamination. Smaller particles have even been deemed, “probably plastic” because the test is inconclusive.

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), British Soft Drink Association (BSDA), Pepsico, Coca Cola, Nestles and Danone have all responded to the study, and stand by the safety of bottled water and adherence with regulations.

The IBWA has stated that Orb Media “has preconceived positions on issues….the study’s “probably plastic” findings are weak at best and reporting it as news is alarmist and not responsible journalism”.

You can read the IBWA’s full response HERE

The World Health Organization plans to launch a review into potential risks of plastic in drinking water, but right now, it seems the jury is out.



China Bottled Water Market Slowing down

According to Mintel, the rapid growth China has experienced over the last decade is slowing down. Their per capita bottled water consumption has grown from 5 liters in 2007, to 20 liters in 2017. Relatively speaking their consumption is still low as compared to Mexico and the US which was 222 liters and 120 liters, respectively. Sales are still increasing however the rate of growth has slipped from 5% in 2015 to 4.2% in 2017.



Bottled Water Market by Volume

Bottled Water Market by Volume
Top 5 Billion Liters
U.S.A. 39
Mexico 28.7
China 27
Indonesia 16
Germany 12

Brands In The News

The Next Sparkling Wave

Sparkling Iced tea seems to be the next wave of excitement in the sparkling category. Nestle has introduced their product in limited markets, beginning in Canada. Lipton, Sparkling Ice and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, have all begun selling a sparkling Iced tea.



Spotted Somewhere ....

We’re not getting political, however found this interesting. This picture was taken in August 2015 at the US OPEN Tennis Tournament. We posted it in our September 2015 Fountainhead, specifically for the Evian bottle in the image. Little did anyone know at the time, he would become our next President.



Question To Ponder

Why Is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?


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Water leaves the stomach five minutes after consumption.

Saline water can be desalinated for use as drinking water by going through a process to remove the salt from the water. The cost of desalting sea water in the U.S. has been dropping, however considered to be too expensive to be done on a mass scale.

If all the water in the Great Lakes was spread evenly across the continental U.S., the ground would be covered with almost 10 feet of water.

There are approximately 7,000 gallons of water in each inch of rain.

There is more water in the atmosphere than in all of our rivers combined.

Celebrities and their water

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will & Jada Pinkett Smith
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Ariana Grande and Wat-aah
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Dwayne Johnson with Fiji (Shhhhhh….Don’t tell anyone… his Fiji (and Voss) come from Aqua Maestro)
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Justin Timberlake and Fiji
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Kate Hudson and Volvic
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Jack Nicholson and Evian
 
3/31/2018 12:00 AM By By Editor hildon, hildon natural spring water, 2018,
The Fountainhead - February 2018
 


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Highland Spring
Welcome scotch lovers! Highland Spring, located in the Ochil Hills near what today is Gleneagles, Scotland, is back. As with many of the ancient great brands, it is hard to place a precise date on the first time water was drawn from this source. We know for sure that King James IV of Scotland kept a few flasks in his kilt as far back as 1503. And it's likely that the native Celts were enjoying the same water as James, and us today, for thousands of years before that.

The modern Highland Spring's plant was christened by a member of Parliament in 1984. This followed the acquisition of the brand in 1979 by the Altajeer family, and they still oversee the operation today.

Highland Spring runs four massive bottling lines. Their rate of output ranges from 16,000 bottles per hour up to 37,000 per hour, depending on the line and packaging. The plant is in the village of Perthshire, and sits to the west of the north-south motorway that runs the length of Scotland. The hills where the water is drawn cover a large area to the east.

The water is drawn from a protected underground source where no farming, agricultural spraying, building or habitation is permitted within the 2,000 acre (about 8 km) catchment area. The land has been kept free from pesticides and pollution for over 20 years, enabling it to become the first British brand of natural mineral water to achieve organic status for its prestine area.

Three 3" and one 8" stainless steel pipes carry the water from the collection sheds approximately two and one-half miles to the bottling facility, where the water goes into holding tanks. The water is untouched throughout the entire process.

Highland Spring is a very low TDS (total dissolved solids) water at only 136 parts per million. The main feature is 35 milligrams per liter of Calcium, and a slightly alkaline, almost sweet flavored pH of 7.8. The water has 136 parts per million of bicarbonate, and nearly zero nitrates, a very highly desirable chemistry. This glorious chemistry results from a long-term filtration process of fresh rain water through the heather-clad slopes, and down into subterranean aquifers.



The brand is available in 1.0 Liter Glass, and 330ml Glass both still and sparkling. Highland Spring is considered one of the great waters of the world. Recently they have been awarded ‘UK Water Brand of the Year 2017-2018’ for the fourth year in a row.

Water In The News

Fine Water Tasting Event

The Fine Waters International Water Tasting Competition 2018 will be held in Ecuador May 22 and 23, 2018.
After Güitig bottled water won a Gold medal in the 2017 competition, they have been selected to host the 2018 event at the beautiful Chalet Güitig in Machachi, Ecuador.

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Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting

The 28th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting was held February 22-25, 2018. The award-winning event welcomes more than one hundred waters from across the country and around the globe. Held in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, it is the largest water tasting competition in the world. For a list of winners, click HERE.


Tethered Cap Legislation Fails

We previously mentioned this bill which would require a cap be permanently attached to its container (in California) by the year 2020. The IBWA and numerous others were opposed to this bill, and it is now officially dead. A recycling mandate will be taking its place, however, ensuring retailers recycle all plastic bottles.

Brands In The News

Pepsi launches Bubly Sparkling Water

Earlier this month, Pepsi officially launched Bubly, an 8 SKU line of fruit-flavored sparkling water available in 12 oz cans. Soft drink companies are going after the water category, which has surpassed CSD’s (Carbonated Soft Drinks) in volume.


Additional Sparkling Waters Enter The Playing Field

Everyone and more are getting into the action. We’ve seen Nestle, Pepsi, Coca Cola and LaCroix add to their sparkling water category, but a few lessor known names are entering the field as well, and all with a southern hospitality. Also, the can seems to be the decided favorite container. Montane Sparkling Spring Water available in Original (unflavored), Cucumber Lime, and Meyer Lemon are packaged in Georgia.

 

From Beer to Bubbles. Austin Specialty, a beer distributor in Austin Texas, has decided to enter the race. Big Swig is also available in 3 flavors, Original, Key Lime and Ruby Red Grapefruit.

 

Also, coming out of Austin, Texas is Waterloo. With 7 flavors, such as Black Cherry, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Lemon, Lime, Coconut and original.

 


Ounce Water

At least according to one brand, apparently, it’s not the source of the water that’s really important, but the quantity of ounces consumed. Described as a natural spring water, this bottle allows you to easily keep track of how many ounces you consume. If the goal is to consume 80 ounces a day, you can drink two of the 40 oz bottles, or 4 of the 20 oz size. Okay, and three bottles of 750ml is 76.2 ounces. Is that close enough?


Nestle's 100% Recycled Plastic

Nestles Pure Life Purified Water, the world's leading bottled water brand, is announcing the introduction of a 700-mL bottle made from 100 percent food grade recycled plastic, known as rPET. The new package is available starting this month on retail store shelves in North America.


A New Design for Large Bottles

Cisowianka, a Polish water brand has partnered with Agr International to produce a new bottle design for large 1.5L bottles. Primarily for comfort and ease of pouring, this new design is called a wasp waist, taking after the obvious tapering waist of the pesky insect.




Question To Ponder

Why do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten … and buns in packages of eight?


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Vichy Catalan, has a very distinctive taste with a particularly high TDS level and a natural sparkling mineral water which has additional carbonic gas added. Now available in a 500ml size. Buy it now

Bottled water has been around since at least prior to the 1800s. Some sources say that spa water in Belgium was bottled for export in 1583. Other sources credit Jackson's Spa in Boston for being the first to offer bottled water for sale in 1767.

Distilled water is not recommended for drinking. Distilled water is really intended to be used in processes where mineral build up can cause problems such as in running machinery, appliances or cleaning.

Spring water is water that has risen from aquifers beneath the surface and absorbed minerals along the way. Mineral water also has absorbed minerals, but it must have a specific percentage of them – 250 parts per million total dissolved solids, according to the US Federal Drug Administration.

Only about one percent of the earth’s water is suitable for drinking water.

Bottled water can be stored indefinitely if kept sealed and out of direct sunlight.

 
 
 
 
2/28/2018 11:16 AM By By Editor highland spring, 2018,
 
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Acqua Panna
Acqua Panna, is now over 450 years old. The spring of Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water, dates back to the Romans, and is considered by some to be Italy's most famous spring water. It comes from the region of Tuscany located 3700 feet high in the serene Apennines Mountains. It's a source located on a vast, unspoiled natural reserve. The source, to the north of Florence, is nestled among beechwood and chestnut forests, and lush meadows on the slopes of Mount Gazzaro in the town of Scarperia.

Legend has it that Romans built the only road from Northern to Southern Italy through Scarperia. This road went past the Acqua Panna spring, which provided deserved refreshment to weary travelers.

In the 1500s, terra cotta pipes were discovered near the source. These pipes were used to transport the natural spring water to the noble Medici Family, the wealthiest, most powerful and influential family in Florence. The Medici's home, called Villa Panna, is located on the land surrounding the source. The cream-colored villa provides the name for the brand, "Panna," which means "cream" in Italian. The lion's head found on the Acqua Panna logo was originally part of the fountain at Villa Panna.

In the 1860s, the first Panna water was manually bottled from a plant built in one of the Medici's farm buildings. Sold in demijohns or fiashi, straw-covered glass flasks now used for Chianti wine, the water was delivered by horse and cart to Florence. In 1927, after World War I, the water was bottled in glass on an industrial scale.

In 1959, San Pellegrino Spa purchased the plant, and in 1970 the brand was re-launched as the first still water sold in plastic bottles in Italy. The Panna plant quickly became one of the most technologically advanced bottling plants in Europe. In 1994 Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water was first exported to the United States. Italian waters are famous for their lightness. The low mineral content of Acqua Panna (less than 150 mg/l) is due to filtration by sandstone which is neutral with regard to mineral dissolution. In just ten to fifteen years, rainwater and runoff seep into the catchment basin, cross the mountain and encounter impenetrable clay, where they rise back up to the surface. Today, Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water is one of the premier imported still waters in fine dining establishments in the United States.

Water In The News

Why Does Water Matter?

The more you learn, the more you’ll know the answer to that question. Even while producing spirits, Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned companies in the spirits and wine business, takes the water very seriously. For a supplier like Brown-Forman, water quality is of the upmost importance. It is water that gives Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey its trademark mineral chew, and Finlandia Vodka its crisp and clean, almost effervescent mouthfeel. For Brown-Forman, water is so essential to the success of its spirits that the company employs a fleet of chemists to make sure that the water they use makes the grade. For further information, click here;


California Moving To Tether Your Caps

A Bill (AB 319) in California is moving closer to requiring all bottle caps be tethered to the bottle by 2020. Environmentalists support the legislation, but a coalition of business and industry groups, including the IBWA, continue to oppose the proposal. It is undecided if this will address only bottled water, or all PET bottles.

Do you live in Sherman Texas?

This is how the water has appeared since Friday, Jan 26. The city reports it’s a result of a water main break. In addition to the color, it’s coming through the pipes with a pungent odor. They have since fixed the problem but are still flushing the lines. This is another incident which lends itself to justifying keeping a quality bottled water on hand.

Brands In The News

Evian Vows to Use Recycled Plastic

Companies around the world are aiming to bolster their credentials regarding helping the environment, and Evian has vowed to make all its plastic bottles from 100 percent recycled plastic by 2025, compared to 25 percent at present.
Evian is teaming up with Loop Industries, which has developed a new technology to transform all types of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plastic waste into the high-quality plastic Evian requires, to redesign its packaging.


Sparkling Category Attracting All Brands

Nestle Waters North America hopes to drive significant growth in the sparkling-water category with a new and updated line of sparkling spring waters with more flavors and packaging choices.
Sparkling waters in 10 flavors will be added under the Poland Spring, Deer Park, Zephyrhills, Ice Mountain, Ozarka and Arrowhead brands next month. The drinks will come in a new bottle design as well as the introduction of 12-ounce cans (taking a cue from San Pellegrino).



JUST Water Launches JUST Infused Flavored Water

JUST water announces the launch of JUST Infused—a collection of three certified organic, unsweetened flavors to its brand portfolio. JUST launched in 2015 with a single product: 100% spring water sourced in upstate New York and bottled in paper-based cartons. The new line includes three flavors: Organic Apple Cinnamon, Organic Tangerine, Organic Lemon.


Question To Ponder

Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage?


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When slightly acidic rainwater filters into the limestone, it moves horizontally. Over thousands of years, sections of the limestone rock dissolve, creating channels and caves. As those cavities grow, the overlying rock may collapse and form a sinkhole or a spring.

Today, there are more than 160 spa resorts using water therapy which are located in various parts of the country.

If your roses wilt, put the entire flower and stem in cold water for a couple of hours.

The tallest waterfall in the world is the Angel Falls. Angel Falls drops 3,212 feet (979 meters) from Devil Mountain in Venezuela. The waterfall was named for Jimmy Angel, an American flyer who discovered it in 1935 and crash-landed nearby in 1937.

Most Florida springs flow from the Floridan Aquifer, one of the most productive aquifers in the world. Florida has 27 "first magnitude" springs with a total flow of slightly more than eight billion gallons per day. By comparison, Floridians use 7.2 billion gallons of water everyday - 60% drawn from aquifers. That's more than any other state east of the Mississippi River.

 
 
 
 
1/15/2018 12:00 AM By By Editor Acqua Panna, 2018,
The Fountainhead - 2017
 
We would like to wish all of our customers and followers a Happy Holiday, along with special wishes for a peaceful and prosperous New Year. We would also like to take this time to offer a sincere "thank you" to our customers for supporting us through another year. 
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Voss
VOSS premium water is bottled at an artesian source in the pristine wilderness of Southern Norway. VOSS is shielded from pollutants for centuries under layers of ice and rock. This pristine aquifer, found in the small community of Iveland, produces a naturally pure water, free of sodium, low in minerals and incomparable in taste. With a clean yet distinct taste and low mineral content, VOSS is recognized as one of the purest bottled waters available. VOSS has been tested to contain a TDS (total dissolved solids) level of 44, which is extremely low in comparison to other leading bottled waters.

Designed by the former Creative Director for Calvin Klein, the iconic cylindrical VOSS glass bottle has pioneered the ultra-premium bottled water industry as the exclusive choice in purity, luxury and design. The award-winning bottle is inspired by the purity of VOSS’ untouched source and the simplicity of classic Scandinavian design. VOSS is available in Still and Lightly Sparkling in 100% recyclable glass bottles. Inspired by the luxurious VOSS glass bottle, each PET bottle is specially designed to offer the functionality of durable PET while conveying the premium image of glass at a price that is sensitive to today’s market conditions.

The newest addition is the FLAVORED VOSS; zero calorie, sugar-free, all-natural flavors added to their lightly sparkling water. Available now in their iconic 375ml glass bottle, and three flavors, Lemon Cucumber, Tangerine Lemongrass, and the newest, Lime Mint.

A Holistic Approach to Sustainability: VOSS has taken a comprehensive look at the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for all their products, using the globally-accepted and non-profit-created Carbon Trust Methodology. VOSS has accounted for all GHG emissions from all stages of the product lifecycle, including raw material production, manufacturing processes, transportation of materials and products, and ultimate disposal. Additionally, VOSS has taken many internal steps to reduce environmental impact. For example, the VOSS Production Facility runs on 95% clean, renewable hydroelectricity; VOSS has reduced the amount of PET in its plastic bottles and incorporated environmental impact considerations into their vendor selection policy. Through these reduction projects, VOSS is now a Carbon Neutral product.

Water In The News

Bottled Water Increasing Among Consumers
A recent online survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), confirms that bottled water is the No. 1 packaged beverage in the United States by volume. Sixty-three percent of Americans pick bottled water as their go to beverage, while 62% pick coffee, and 58% still choose regular or diet soft drinks. Taste, quality and safety are the top factors when choosing a beverage, followed by ready to enjoy, convenience, and being resealable.

Planet Water Podcast…Have You Heard It?
If you consider yourself a water enthusiast, this is a must! We have mentioned Martin Riese, the water sommelier, numerous times, and if you would like to educate yourself on why “Water is Not just Water,” his podcasts are essential. The link below will take you to his site and additional links to the current podcasts. In Martin’s words…Stay Thirsty!
https://www.martin-riese.com/planet-water-podcast

Brands In The News

A New Battle Emerges For Nestle

Maybe not new, but an old battle is resurrected. The State Water Resources Control Board notified Nestle’s on Wednesday, December 20th, that an investigation concluded it doesn’t have proper rights to about three-quarters of the water it withdraws for bottling. Nestle has contended that it inherited rights dating back more than a century to collect water from the forest northeast of Los Angeles. It uses the water in its Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water. The court has ruled that the company could continue water operations while its application to renew the permit was pending.

Believe It or Not

Beam Me Up Scotty
We’re hoping our readers know the derivation of that title, because this is getting very close. We need to give credit to Richard Hall of Zenith Global for this article, however, we felt it warranted repeating.

Can the color and flavor of a beverage be transmitted online, and tasted by the recipient, who is only drinking water? The explanation may be plausible. The National University of Singapore and the Georgia Institute of Technology are both producing positive results.

The explanation…. “Flavor is mainly how we perceive food or beverages in our mind and it consists of multisensory information including visual, taste, smell among others… Our approach is to augment the beverage flavor experience by overlaying extra sensory stimuli.”

The method is straightforward. The sender dips a sensor into a beverage and sends the data to a recipient who drinks from an electronically connected container, which both stimulates the taste buds and uses LED lights to convey the relevant color signals.

Virtual reality raised to another level …Virtual lemonade.

Holiday Cheer (and some creative minds)


Question To Ponder

Why do Banks leave vault doors open, but chain the pens to the Counters?

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Water boils quicker in Denver, Colorado than in New York City.

It takes seven and a half years for the average American residence to use the same amount of water that flows over the Niagara Falls in one second (750,000 gallons).

Landscaping accounts for the most treated water use in the United States.

Less than 1 percent of the water treated by public water systems in the United States is used for drinking and cooking.

Residents in the US use an average of 100 gallons (378 L) per day. Their European counterparts average 50 gallons per day. Sub-Saharan Africa uses 2-5 gallons per day.

 
 
 
 
12/15/2017 12:00 AM By By Editor voss, 2017,
The Fountainhead - 2017
 
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Iskilde
A Rare Find. A Welcome Gift of Nature. It was discovered just over 10 years ago, but God only knows how old Iskilde is. Some geologists believe it dates back to the Ice Age. One thing we do know, it is sensational!

Iskilde means “cold spring” in Danish and, yes, the water is truly cold as it comes out of the ground. But what stuns your palate on your very first taste is its wonderful silky texture and its subtle sweet taste - similar to a glacial water - only with much more body.

These rare qualities are due to the fact that Iskilde is filtered through billions of mineral particles before it is harvested. As it sieves through these layers of mineral matter it is exposed to a huge surface compared to waters that simply penetrate rock through a crevasse. In the process, Iskilde is exposed to many different types of rock, instead of just one variety. During this process the water absorbs a wide range of minerals, many of them rare in nature. It is these many different tastes, balancing each other out, that gives Iskilde its rare sweetness. This is also the reason why the water has more body than glacial waters, which it resembles at first impression.

Another distinguishing characteristic of Iskilde is its extreme purity, with not a trace of human activity to be found. This was no easy feat to achieve according to Jan Bender, the man behind the miracle of Iskilde. “My goal was to transport the experience of drinking Iskilde right at the source, to wherever one decides to open a bottle, explained Mr. Bender. We had to simulate the influence air has on Iskilde's soft and silky texture as it comes from the ground. The only gas we could find that didn’t change the taste, while still restoring the life and silkiness of the water at the spring, was pure oxygen. All this had to be done without introducing a single germ to a single bottle of Iskilde. Even a single germ, is one too many. As a result of the high level of oxygen, very often when a bottle is opened, the water will even take on a milky appearance, which is millions of tiny bubbles of oxygen, which will then float to the surface. The result is a pure silky texture which mimics the experience as if taken directly from the source.

The creation of Iskilde's packaging was made the responsibility of renowned Danish designer, Jesper Mathiesen. The design goal was a bottle as elegant as it is functional. It was very important to maintain focus on the contents, the water, rather than the packaging, explains Bender. Iskilde, pictured here, has taken it’s place among European mineral waters ever since.

Water In The News

Bottled Water Continues To Grow
The recent report; Bottled Spring Water Market 2021 by Absolute Reports indicates this sector will continue to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 7.31 % through the years 2017-2021.
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Maintaining Number 1
In 2016, bottled water overtook the CSD’s (Carbonated Soft Drinks), as the most consumed beverage by volume. Numerous reports from Euromonitor International, Beverage Marketing Corp, Mintel and Nielsen’s all confirm, bottled water is continuing its dominance. Sales are thriving on its healthy, natural and better-for-you attributes. Sparkling, import and premium waters are driving the growth, with sparkling leading with a double-digit growth. Enhanced waters are a close second with an 8% growth rate. In the last year, water sales have reached a new high of $12.7 billion.

Thousands In Puerto Rico Still Without Water
Seven weeks after Hurricane Maria, 20% of the Island is still without running water. Finding bottled water can be a challenge, and the price for that water which is available, has gone up, making it another challenge for the poor. Disease and sickness have spread and even the chore of washing clothes is no longer a simple task. FEMA and other Government agencies are doing what they can and still recommend anyone getting water, must boil it before using.

BP’s North Shore Rig Cannot Drink The Water
It’s happening everywhere, and the North Sea Magnus oil platform is no exception. It seems diesel fuel has contaminated the water supply. BP has supplied bottled water for drinking, cooking and brushing your teeth, however claim it’s still safe to shower in. Hmmm…we’re not quite onboard with that decision.

Brands In The News

New In The Marketplace

Brands are still striving to find their niche. Now, hydrogen enhanced HTWO, a purified water which is enhanced with hydrogen gas. HTWO boasts improved endurance, reduction of lactic acid and fatigue and antioxidants.

New, Almost In The Marketplace
Now, this may be a very useful idea. A new bottle cap, which comes with its own bottle of water, may soon become available. The cap will fit most standard plastic bottles. The idea is still in a fundraising mode, and not available just yet, but it’s not far away. With a twist of the top, it becomes a mister, another twist and the cap comes off for drinking. A great idea. (Another, why didn’t I think of that?)



Question To Ponder
Why, do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions….while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

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Over 42,000 gallons of water are needed to grow and prepare the food for a typical Thanksgiving dinner for eight in the United States! This is enough water to fill a 30’ by 50’ swimming pool.

In 1583 the first bottled water was exported only to King Henri II of France.

The elephant can smell water up to 3 miles away.

A dogs' nose is so sensitive that it can tell the difference between a tub of water and a tub of water with a teaspoon of salt in it.

Each day the sun evaporates 1,000,000,000,000 (a trillion) tons of water.

 
 
 
11/17/2017 10:17 AM By Editor iskilde, 2017,

 
Hurricane Irma had other plans for our month of September. We found ourselves working around the clock (literally) as the storm approached on Sept 5th. By that weekend, those that chose to stay, were hunkered down hoping (praying) for the best. At the time, a CAT 5 was heading for us and to call it scary, is an understatement.

As it turned out, we were fortunate to only be hit by a CAT 1. Our good fortune, however was at the expense of Key West and Naples which both received direct hits. The enormous size of the storm is what captured ALL Floridians. The entire State was hit with flooding, loss of power, and downed trees.

In the span of 1 month, there have been 4 hurricanes to be dealt with.



It’s not very often we see our customers on Brickell Avenue in Downtown Miami, needing a boat to cross the street.


Aqua Maestro was without power and fuel for a week. Additionally, a server hosting our database was compromised, and our site went down. In retrospect, maybe that was a good thing. Check out our site now, www.aquamaestro.com. A screen shot of our home page is below. We’re very proud!
 
 
 

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Chiara Ferragni’s label can best be defined as playful, chic, bright and lively – the very traits that Evian was looking to infuse in its latest bottle designs. Expected to be available in late November, we are taking pre-orders now.

 
 

All new….Evian 330ml Sport Cap just for kids!

 
 
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Vichy Catalan 
The rugged scenery and landscape of Caldes de Malavella in Cataluna, Spain has inspired visitors and health-seekers for millennia. Beneath this uniquely picturesque terrain are mineral water springs, none more famous than the legendaryВ Vichy Catalan. The photo below looks toward the nearby city of Girona.

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The Roman legions, ever on the prowl for curative baths and spas, discovered a real winner in the rocky Spanish area south of the Pyrenees near the French border. It was special enough that they dug in, dug down, and built up an entire system of baths and recuperative facilities. The remnants of those ancient spas remain today as a tribute toВ Vichy Catalan,  pictured here, which has been legendary among European mineral waters ever since.

Fast-forward through the centuries to the modern origin of the now internationally famous brand. The first few decades of its modern history begin in 1852, when Doctor Modest Furest y Roca, trained in medicine and surgery at the University of Barcelona, got involved. He was responsible for connecting the most advanced scientific thinking of his time with the mystique surrounding the ancient waters of Caldes de Malavella. In 1880-81 he purchased the property that included the renown thermal springs. Within a few years, his aim of building a "modern" spa establishment became a reality. The waters were declared a public utility by Royal Order in 1883, and their use in bottled form was registered.

In 1990, Grupo Vichy Catalan was created, consisting of the companies S.A.  Vichy Catalan and Malavella S.A, both located in Caldes de Malavella (Girona). Vichy had the distinction of being selected as the water for the XXVth Olympic Games at Barcelona in 1992.  

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The modern-day bottling plant

Much modernization has transpired since the 19th century, the modern-day bottling plant above, and 100 hundred years testifying to the brand's continuity and pedigree below.

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Water In The News

Hurricane Harvey In The News

As Hurricane Harvey has recently unleashed his fury on Texas, hats off to those brands who always step up to offer help and bottled water in time of need. The timing is perfect to look at a video released by “Bottled Water Matters” showing the benefits of bottled water. We read in the news, daily, how water mains are shut down, boil advisories are in effect, lead is flowing through our pipes, and toxins and chemicals are tainting our water supplies. Take two minutes to watch this video. For those of you who are “pro” bottled water, this is a reminder. For those who are “anti” bottled water…take notice! (This video was released before the recent storm)

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This Bud’s for you, Texas
Anheuser-Busch has sent three truckloads (155,000 cans) of water to affected areas of Hurricane Harvey. Their Cartersville, Ga. brewery regularly stops production to help during emergencies. MillerCoors has also stepped up, sending another 50,000 cans.

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Nestles Waters …NOT to be outdone
Nestles Waters North America said they are actively donating truckloads of bottled water in Texas and Louisiana. So far, they have sent 26 truckloads, carrying 1.1 million bottles of water to aid local residents.

Local Texas Brewery Offering Free Water
In light of Hurricane Harvey, local Blackwater Draw Brewing company is offering Bryan/College Station residents free water. Just bring your container, and they’ll fill it for you!

National Park Service Rescinds Bottled
Water Sales Ban

Latest update…. We have previously reported how the US National Park Service tried to eliminate the sale of disposable water bottles, but were unable to determine any benefit from such a ban. The IBWA (International Bottled Water Association) worked tirelessly to change the policy. On August 16, 2017, the NPS rescinded their Policy Memorandum 11-03.

Acting NPS Director Michael T Reynolds stated, “While we will continue to encourage the use of free water bottle filling stations as appropriate, ultimately it should be up to our visitors to decide how best to keep themselves and their families hydrated during a visit to a national park, particularly during hot summer visitation periods.”

The Trend Continues
According to Zion Research, volume and revenue for Global Bottled Water will continue for the foreseeable future. Since 2014, it’s been a steady increase in both numbers, and that trend still continues. Consumers switching to a healthier lifestyle, as well as a fast paced one, look to carry their hydration with them. In the year 2020, revenue is predicted to top 280 billion USD.

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Sparkling Water Category Jumps
Along with the increased trend in bottled water, in terms of percentage of increase, Sparkling Water is the victor. Bottled water outsold soda, (CSD- Carbonated Soft Drinks) for the first time last year, and sparkling water has helped accomplish that. Brands such as LaCroix and Talking Rain, have ridden the wave with sales nearly doubling in the last 52 weeks, ending May 27, according to Nielsen Reports. Consumers have opted for a natural transition away from soda and diet soda habits.

Bottled Water Costs More in Washington (State)
Sales of Bottled Water became subject to sales or use tax in the State of Washington, effective August 1, 2017. Residents are now paying more for their healthy alternative.

Philadephia Drinking More Bottled Water
That Wasn’t the intention of city law makers. A 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax which was levied on sweetened beverages, was promoted as a means to generate revenue to fund schools and community programs.  A recent study by market research firm Catalina, however, revealed that the tax seems to have encouraged Philadelphia residents to purchase more bottled water, with bottled water sales increasing 13 percent in the "city core" and nearly 9 percent within "city lines." Meanwhile, carbonated beverage sales have plummeted, falling 55 percent within city limits and failing to reach the projected revenue the city expected to net from the new tax.  

14th Global Bottled Water Congress
Zenith’s Global Bottled Water Congress, is a three-day event incorporating, market briefings, conference sessions and a networking dinner during which the 2017 Global Bottled Water Awards will be presented. The Congress will cover a range of key themes for the global bottled water industry. The Congress will be held October 23-25, 2017. For more information, click here>

Brands In The News


A recent lawsuit claims Poland Spring water is not what it claims to be. The Food and Drug Administration has a strict definition of what constitutes “spring water” and according to the suit recently filed, not one drop of the billions of gallons of water peddled by Poland Spring fits that definition.

The suit claims that “the famous Poland Spring in Poland Spring, Maine, which defendant’s labels claim is a source of Poland Spring Water, ran dry nearly 50 years ago.”

A spokeswoman for America’s best-selling bottled water brand stated that “Poland Spring is 100 percent spring water. The claims made in the lawsuit are without merit and an obvious attempt to manipulate the legal system for personal gain,” according to the LA Times.


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Evian Kids
Two new bottles by EVIAN will soon be available. The Spiderman bottle, the first of a series to be introduced is a 310 ml bottle. The new sportcap version of the 330ml plastic bottle will also soon be available.

 
 

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By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.

Approximately 85 percent of U.S. residents receive their water from public water facilities. The remaining 15 percent supply their own water from private wells or other sources.

Ice water may be harmful to persons with cardiovascular disease. Sudden drops in tissue temperatures are a shock to the system and cause a strain on the heart.

According to the National Cancer Institute, nine studies correlated water quality and cancer with the drinking water in Pittsburgh, New Orleans and various cities in Ohio, New York and New Jersey.

Sugar lowers the boiling point of water.

 
 
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De L’aubier 
There is not an unlimited supply of De L'aubier, the way there are with most other waters. This water is harvested from Maple trees, not bottled from a well or aquifer. So, when the demand is great, and the supply is limited, sometimes you must wait until the next harvest. After a brief outage, De L'aubier is back in stock.

The ultimate "green" water, in fact De L'aubier may be the greenest water on earth. De L'aubier is made from the sap of the maple tree, and literally harvested like a fine wine during maple syrup season. Each spring, Quebec maple syrup production generates about one billion liters of sap water. During the process, the sugars are separated from the sap, leaving a full-bodied, silky characteristic water, as a by-product. Until now, this water had been discarded, but is now bottled and dated by harvest date. Because the sap only runs for a short time in early spring, the number of bottles that come to market is limited. Further, adding to the “green” nature of this water, the harvest is done with an equitable partnership with Quebec Organic Maple Farms.

It bears the name of its origin, the sapwood, which is l'aubier in French. It's the living part of the tree that allows the sap to rise from the roots to the branches. It is a refined taste, and not a sugary or maple flavored water.


 

Water In The News

National Scotch Day


Did you know, July 27, was National Scotch Day? Our customer, Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub was on Fox19 News in Cincinnati, offering Scotch and Whiskey 101. Notice the bottle of Speyside Glenlivet water proudly displayed with this great selection.


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IBWA Goes To Washington

IBWA members and staff met with members of Congress and their staff on July 19, 2017, to address important bottled water industry issues. One focus was the National Park Service (NPS) policy that allows individual parks to ban the sale of single-serve bottled water in plastic containers. The NPS has failed to provide data that showed the policy was needed and has done nothing to prove that it has been effective since it was implemented in 2011.

Zenith Global to Host 14th Global Bottled Water Congress

Zenith Global will hold its 14th Global Bottled Water Congress in Barcelona, Spain, October 23 - 25, 2017. For more program information and to book your reservation, visitВ www.zenithglobal.com.


Brands In The News


The Fancy Food Show in NY is always a place to see new trends. Companies are striving to find new ways of making hydration exciting. From plants, we find a variety of Rose waters, Organic Birch Water, and Hemp infused water. Chemically speaking there is Oxygen infused, and Hydrogen infused waters. There is even a “Prehistoric Water,” from Tanzania, called Tanzamaji, claiming to be 10,000,000 years old.




In The Learning Corner

Water Bottle In a Hot Car?

Be careful leaving your water bottle in the car! No, not because it may leach harmful toxins. Most water bottles do not contain BPA, which is what that hype is all about. But instead, your water bottle may actually start a fire. Bottles that have been left in bright sunlight can “refract” the light-waves in such a way, that the bottle becomes a magnifying glass, and your seat may become the kindling. Take a look at the brief video, and see for yourself. Now, if you’re lucky the fire might melt the plastic bottle, and extinguish the flame!

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Hot water is more dangerous than using cold water and heating it. Hot water is more corrosive and can contain larger amounts of dangerous debris.

If you live in an old house with lead pipes, lead can end up in your tap water. (We have seen this recently in Flint MI)

Water regulates the temperature of the human body. If you have a fever, drink lots of water.

U.S. public water supply utilities process 34 billion gallons daily.В 

There are 58,900 community public water supply systems in the U.S.

 
 
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San BenedettoВ 
San Benedetto mineral Water comes from glaciers in the Dolomites, part of the Italian Alps in North Eastern Italy. After flowing a great distance underground, the water, which was tapped at the surface in ancient times, is now drawn from 1,000 feet below, in an underground basin in the Veneto Plain. This ensures that all its original features are unchanged, and the natural balance of minerals and trace elements that is essential to our well-being remains uncontaminated.

San Benedetto  was arguably the original favorite of the Republic of Venice, in vogue with aristocratic Venetian families during the Renaissance. It became known as theВ San Benedetto Health Water," and was consumed and appreciated for its curative qualities. Without question,  San Benedetto is an elite, low-mineral delicacy that carries a 30 milligram per liter punch of Magnesium. TheВ San Benedetto bottle is attractive, and is available in both still and sparkling versions.

San Benedetto, one of Italy's Finest (and by the way, there are over 600 of them) has based its own growth on technological innovation. Today it has one of the largest bottling plants in the world.  


 

Water In The News

Water Summit And Tasting Competition


Aqua Maestro recently attended, and presented, at the Fine Water Summit in Guangzhou, China. Pictured below are some of the world’s foremost water sommeliers, representing the US, China, Korea, the UK, and Macau.


In collaboration with the 2017 WaterExpo Guangzhou, the 2nd International Fine Water Tasting competition was also held.



We have included the GOLD winners, but for a full list, go to “Finewaters” site. Click here to view the winners.

STILL

Super Low Minerality

Gold: Lofoten
Beloka

Low Minerality
Gold: Fine Nordic Raw Sand

Medium Minerality
Gold: Krystal, Primal

Exotic Sources
(Deepsea, fruit, …)
Gold: Deeps
  SPARKLING

Added Carbonation
Gold: American Summits

Natural Carbonation
Gold: ROI


Trouble At The US Open
The second major of the golf season, the US Open, at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, has brought attention to why bottled water may be important. Bacteria E. Coli was discovered in a drinking fountain near the 12th hole, opening day.  The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department discovered the E. coli in a sample of water taken at a hydration station. It is presumed that the E. coli originated from a contaminated well connected to the station, which was immediately closed. In response, the U.S. Golf Association had agreed to supply complimentary bottled water at all drinking stations for the duration of the tournament.


Brands In The News


Millennial’s Choose Favorite Water
A survey completed by media company Condé Nast and Financial guru Goldman Sachs have concluded that San Pellegrino mineral water is included in their “Love List” among 7555 US consumers and millennial food enthusiasts. Three broad trends emerged in their study; Millennials want healthy snacks, price quality and brand are paramount, and they are one-stop shoppers. (We did notice a direct relationship to advertising…for example, the top ten food retailers include Wal-Mart, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Target, Kroger, Safeway, Aldi, Sam’s Club and Amazon.


NestlГ© Waters expands Perrier Line
NestlГ© Waters is adding two varieties to the Perrier Flavors line. The new lemon and green apple offerings will not include sugar and boast just two calories each.


Believe It Or Not

Chocolate Without Milk?

/Peter Svenningsen, an award-winning chocolatier from Denmark, was also present at the Fine Water Summit in Guangzhou. He has mastered the art of using water instead of milk in his chocolates. His philosophy is all about ingredients….the quality of the cacao, the berries or any ingredient he may choose to add. Now comes the water…he has used Iskilde water in his recipes, and only recently tried other brands such as ROI, or Svalbardi. In a mini chocolate tasting, as pictured, you could taste the difference between the three brands of water used.

The Secret To Shiny Hair?
/Mineral water: Rinsing your hair in bottled spring water is the celeb secret for glossy locks. But can it really be worth it?
Apparently, the trick is to wash your hair with shampoo as normal, then rinse it with bottled water for two weeks. Celebrities including Kim Basinger and Demi Moore are rumored to have been doing this for ages. Trichologist Dr. Bessam Farjo, who has conducted intensive research into hair and scalp health, confirms that washing your hair in bottled water can improve its overall health. Who knew!

On A Hot Day….How Refreshing?
(as seen in the Hong Kong Airport)

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/Two Spoiled Dogs

Those are bottles of Hildon water sitting there, used to quench their thirst.







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Waterfalls don't freeze completely because of the tremendous volume of water that never stops flowing.  

Water polo has been part of the Summer Olympics program since the second games, in 1900.

1 out of 10 American adults say they do not drink any water daily.

Heating water is the second largest energy user in the home.

More than 79,000 tons of chlorine are used per year, in the United States and Canada, to treat water.

 
 
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Borsec 
Borsec is situated in the Eastern Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, and is one of the most renowned curative spas in the subalpine, windless, peat-rich county of Harghita, Romania. It is listed in the country's register of historical monuments. Bottling ofВ Borsec commenced over two hundred years ago, and since modernization in 1992, the facility outputs two million liters per month of its legendary "Regina Apelor Minerale SAВ Borsec " (Mineral Water QueenВ Borsec ).

The curative properties of the water were already known in the 1600s, and for centuries it was transported by carts in wooden casks to be served in the Royal Court in Vienna. It was Emperor Franz Josef who dubbedВ Borsecthe "Queen of Mineral Waters." The pH, although slightly acidic, is near enough to neutral to distinguishВ Borsec from other naturally carbonated waters whose carbonic acid origin tends to create much lower final pH levels in the harvested water. The Calcium is high at 310 milligrams per liter. Magnesium and Bicarbonate - are robust at 97 and 1,800 milligrams respectively. However, the Sodium level is very low for a high mineral water at only 53 milligrams per liter. Traditionally,  Borsec has been helpful for circulatory disease, anaemia, disease of the endocrine glands, nervous disease, rickets, renal disease, diabetes, and even for obesity. It's most popular use today is as a super-healthy drinking water.  Borsec was awarded a GOLD medal at 2004 Berkely Springs, WV USA International Water Tasting event, for carbonated waters.  


 

Water In The News

Water Summit And Tasting Competition


The 5th Fine Water Summit will be held in conjunction with the Water Tasting Competition at Water Expo 2017. The summit and competition will be in Guangzhou, China, June 14 – 17, 2017. В Aqua Maestro, a founding member of the society, will be attending. We will be unveiling a new website and program designed to feature water of brands that are longing to open into the US market. Fine Water Society members are excited about this plan which will be shared at the Fine Water Summit in Guangzhou 2017.  

Global Bottled Water by Volume

Projected share of global bottled water volume by region, 2011 - 2021(P)



Brands In The News


Voss Adds Third New Flavor
/“Sparkling water is currently one of the fastest growing categories in beverages, with flavored sparkling growing even more quickly, as consumers look for healthier alternatives to sweetened, caloric drinks,” according to Ken Gilbert, CMO of VOSS Water of Norway.

Voss recently added "Lime Mint" to their other two flavors, "Lemon Cucumber and Tangerine Lemongrass"


Is This The Next Evian or Fiji?
/CEO Nicholas Reichenbach thinks so. This is a naturally alkaline spring water from Blue Lake Springs, Ontario Canada. It comes packaged in Tetra Pak, and has taken Canada by storm. Reichenbach thinks he can duplicate his growth in the US. Look out Evian.


In The Learning Corner

Remedies For Treating Swollen Feet
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Tonic water contains a natural anti-inflammatory called quinine, so if you soak your feet in water that’s cold or room temperature, you can get the relief you need—plus a satisfying tingling sensation!

/Simply drink a glass of water! Your body might be trying to retain water, since it doesn’t have enough. Hydrating yourself with eight to 10 glasses a day helps release toxins from your body and prevent swelling.

/You may not have enough magnesium in your diet, which helps your blood circulation. Try eating moreВ fish, seeds, avocados, and leafy green vegetables, or take a 200 mg magnesium tablet twice a day.... OR...you can drink a liter of Mivela and get 330 mgs of magnesium, and get hydrated at the same time.


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There are approximately 1 million miles of water pipeline that span the US and Canada, enough to circle the earth 40 times.

More than 13 million households use private wells for their water supply.

One gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds (3.78 kgs)

On average, a drop of water which finds its way into Lake Superior from runoff or rainfall takes more than two centuries to travel through the Great Lakes system and along the St. Lawrence River to the ocean.

Ancient Egyptians treated water by siphoning water out of the top of huge jars after allowing the muddy water from the Nile River to settle.

 
 
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