It goes without saying that water, a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, is a priceless natural gift that is critical for the existence of humans and animals alike. Water that is utilised for drinking reasons should be free of contaminants. Untreated water from sources such as wells, boreholes, and springs is often unsanitary and unsafe to consume. Purifying water and supplying it in sanitary conditions for human use is thus desirable and necessary.
Water that is safe to drink or use for food preparation is referred to as drinking water. The amount of drinking water needed to stay healthy varies, depending on physical activity, age, health-related disorders, and environmental factors. Even while only a small fraction of tap water is consumed or used in food preparation, it usually meets drinking water quality standards in developed countries. Other common use include laundry, toilets, and irrigation. Access to safe drinking water is considered a basic human right by the World Health Organization.
Mineral water is water from a mineral spring that contains salts and sulphur compounds, among other minerals. Mineral water is usually either still or sparkling (carbonated/effervescent) depending on whether or not additional gases are present. Mineral waters were traditionally used or drank near their spring sources, a practise known as "taking the waters" or "taking the remedy," in spas, baths, or wells.
Carbonated water (also known as sparkling water, fizzy water, club soda, and water with gas) is water that contains dissolved carbon dioxide gas, which is either naturally present or purposefully injected under pressure. Small bubbles form as a result of the carbonation, giving the water an effervescent aspect. Sparkling natural mineral water, club soda, and commercially made sparkling water are all popular options. Minerals such as potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate, and potassium sulphate are added or dissolved in club soda and sparkling mineral water, as well as several other sparkling fluids.
The global bottled water market was valued at USD 217.66 billion in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.1 percent predicted from 2021 to 2028. The important elements driving the industry over the next few years will be portability, ease of use and installation, and low maintenance costs. Additionally, increased consumer awareness of the health benefits of drinking bottled water is expected to propel market expansion throughout the forecast period. Plain and flavoured still and sparkling water have become immensely popular beverages on a global scale in recent years. This is a new megatrend that is expected to grow in popularity in the next years. Consumers are choosing for packaged water and limiting their intake of sugary drinks as their health awareness grows. Still bottled water consumption has increased in food outlets and restaurants, which is driving market expansion.
Few Indian Major Players
1. Aradhana Snack Foods Co. Pvt. Ltd.
2. Bhagyalaxmi Mineral Water Pvt. Ltd.
3. Chouksey Agro Pvt. Ltd.
4. Geo Aquatech Ltd.
5. Himalayan Oasis & Beverages Pvt. Ltd.
6. Ice Berg Foods Ltd.