Germans Still Pick Mineral Water As Their Top Thirst Quencher

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Bottled Water

Americans visiting Germany for the first time are often caught be surprise when it comes time to get some refreshing water.  Germans are known to love their water “with gas” rather than the still water that Americans are used to.  Of course, both types of water are available in Germany, but if you find yourself ordering water in a restaurant, make sure you say without gas if you want your water still.

The Association of German Mineral Water Producers (VDM) in Bonn released the latest figures on mineral water and it looks like it is still very popular in Germany when it comes time to finding something to quench a person’s thirst.  Mineral water companies bottled 10.3 billion liters of the bubbly water, a 1.7% increase over the previous year.  This makes the water the most popular cold drink in Germany, beating out sugary sodas which also happen to use mineral water.

Mineral water with carbon-dioxide gas controls 84.5% of the drinking water market, and still water without the gas comes in with 12.4%.  Flavored waters are less popular with only a 2.3% share, a number that is much higher in America, and mineral water that originates from natural sources, and considered as medicinal water, only accounts for 0.8%.


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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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