Consumers want bottled water to be available wherever drinks are sold, and if ita??s not, most will choose another packaged beverage that uses much more plastic

Alexandria, VA, Jan. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More than 9 in 10 Americans (91 percent) say bottled water should be available wherever other drinks are sold, according to a new national survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults aged 18 and older conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA).And if plain bottled water is not available, 74 percent of people who identify bottled water as among their most preferred beverages said they would choose another packaged drink: soda (19 percent), coffee (9 percent), sparkling bottled water (7 percent), tea (7 percent), juice/fruit drinks (7 percent), sports drink (6 percent), flavored or sweetened sparkling or still bottled water (5 percent), functional water (5 percent), bottled tea (5 percent), energy drink (3 percent), and any other packaged drink (1 percent).Among the remaining 26 percent, 1 percent said they would stay thirsty, half (12 percent) would drink filtered tap water, 7 percent would drink from a public water fountain, while 5 percent would drink unfiltered tap water.Ninety-four percent of Americans said they have purchased bottled water, which aligns with news that bottled water continues to be Americaa??s favorite drink, outselling soda (by volume) for the fourth year in a row in 2019, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC).A Much of bottled watera??s rise in popularity stems from people switching from caloric drinks to water. In fact, since 2006, 69 percent of the growth in bottled water consumption has come from people switching from carbonated soft drinks and fruit juice to water, data from the BMC shows.
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