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Traditionally, mineral waters were used or consumed at their source, often referred to as "taking the waters" or "taking the cure," at sites such as spas, baths or wells. Today, it is far more common for mineral waters to be bottled at the source for distributed consumption. There are more than 3,000 brands of mineral water commercially available worldwide. Here’s a detailed look at two very popular brands.
S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water benefits were recognized as early as the 12th century. However, the use of the water for therapeutic treatment did not begin until the 18th century, due to the difficulties in reaching its remote location.
In 1842, 75 percent of the spring was sold to Ester Palazzolo, on the condition that the remaining shares would be offered to the residents of San Pellegrino Terme, who could draw the water from an external tap free of charge. This is still done today. In 1899, the spring was purchased by Societá Anonima delle Terme di San Pellegrino who managed the activities of the spas and the bottling of water.
35,000 bottles were packaged and delivered around the world in 1900, the first year of the company's operation. In 1905, a new bottling plant was built, enabling the company to increase output to 50,000 bottles a day. By 1908, three million bottles had been sold.
Mineral water was the main ingredient in a new soft drink called Aranciata. Successfully launched in 1932, the beverage was comprised of a combination of simple and healthful ingredients such as Sicilian oranges, S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and sugar. In the 1950s, another bitter-tasting beverage, Chinotto was introduced to the market. The beverage took its name from a particular citrus fruit, which outside of China, only grows in Sicily on a plantation located on the slopes of Etna. In 1960, the company launched Sanbitter apéritif. By 1968, the product had already sold over 150 million bottles.
On April 20, 1970, the company changed its name to Sanpellegrino SpA and continued to its growth through the next two decades.
In 1999, Sanpellegrino SpA became part of Nestlé Waters. Today, S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water is the number two sparkling bottled water brand imported to the United States and is the brand of choice in many fine dining establishments.
• Bicarbonates: 170 PPM
• Calcium Ion: 180 PPM
• Fluoride: 0.64 PPM
• Magnesium: 47 PPM
• Potassium: 3.0 PPM
• Sulfates: 530 PPM
• Sodium: 32 PPM
• Total Dissolved Solids: 950 Mg/l *(except TDS which are parts per million)
• Other Principal Components: Nitrate 0.59, Chloride 61 PPM
Address: PO Box 2313, Greenwich, CT, 06830
Bottled in: Italy
President/CEO: Owned By Nestle Waters North America
Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water was most likely introduced during the Roman Empire. Legend has it that in 218 B.C., Hannibal and his army rested at the spring to rejuvenate after defeating the Romans.
In 1793, the mayor of Vergeze, France, where the Source of Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water is located, recognized its exceptional qualities. Napoleon III was responsible for allowing the Source to be developed in 1863. In 1903, Sir St.-John Harmsworth, a member of the English aristocracy, invested in the property and renamed the spring from Les Bouillens to Source Perrier, named after the dedicated physician who brought it to his attention: Dr. Perrier.
Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water is packaged in distinctive green bottles, shaped after wooden clubs. Sir St. John Harmsworth suffered a leg injury and maintained his body by exercising with smooth wooden clubs. It was the wooden clubs’ comfortable shape that inspired the design of the Perrier® bottle that is so recognized today. With Dr. Perrier and Sir St. John Harmsworth at the helm, Perrier's famous green bottle became popular throughout Europe and was the first sparkling natural mineral water bottled in the U.S. In the late 1970s, Perrier played a fundamental role in the active, healthy American lifestyle.
The Perrier Group of America initiated the immense popularity of mineral water in the United States. Perrier was the first imported sparkling natural mineral water brand to be sold in supermarkets and quickly became a staple in homes and fine dining restaurants across the country. Social drinkers started ordering Perrier instead of a cocktail or soft drink. The brand's popularity grew as a refreshing, all-natural, alternative beverage.
Perrier continues to be bottled at the original source in Vergeze. In April 1985, Perrier with A Twist of natural lemon or lime flavor was introduced in the U.S. These well-liked flavor varieties helped revolutionize natural beverage refreshment.
Today, Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water is the best-selling imported sparkling mineral water in the U.S., and is enjoyed in more than 140 countries around the world. It is enjoyed as an aperitif or the perfect non-alcoholic social beverage.
• Bicarbonates: 320 PPM
• Calcium Ion: 150 PPM
• Fluoride: 0.12 PPM
• Magnesium: 4.2 PPM
• Potassium: 1.2 PPM
• Sulfates: 43 PPM
• Sodium: 11 PPM
• Total Dissolved Solids: 460 Mg/l *(except TDS which are parts per million)
• Other Principal Components: Nitrate ND PPM
Address: PO Box 2313. Greenwich, CT, 06830
Bottled in: France
Telephone: (800) 937-7708
President/CEO: Owned By Nestle Waters North America www.nestlewat