Bottled water expected to pass soda in sales

Soda sales have declined for the 10th straight year

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – According to Beverage Digest, bottled water sales are expected to surpass soda sales within the next two years.

That’s not bad news for all soda companies. Coca Cola and Pepsi both own their own water brands: Aquafina and Dasani.

People told 22News it’s not just about the health benefits. Bottled water is also a lot more versatile than soda. People can buy plain water, flavored water, energy water, flavor squirts and powders, seltzer water, high-end artisan water like Fiji and Pellegrino, or a filter for their own faucet at home.

Colleen Brennan of Holden said, “I don’t want to drink the tap water from my school. I don’t want to say trust, but I kind of don’t really trust it. I think that people want to get healthier, as I am. I think it’s better for people to drink more water than soda. Soda is obviously very bad for you.”

For the 10th straight year, soda sales have declined with the biggest decline being diet soda. Experts say it’s due to health concerns surrounding artificial sweeteners.

One 16-ounce bottle of soda has 128 calories, and 44 grams, or 11 teaspoons, of sugar.

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