Enhanced Water: Significant opportunities are arising in the segment

Enhanced Water: Significant opportunities are arising in the segment


Some major new trends are sweeping through the beverage industry and they are having a major impact on both manufacturers and consumers. For the soft drinks industry sugar has now become a dirty word and sugar taxes have forced companies to create new formulas and diversify away from carbonates as that segment begins to decline. For the enhanced water segment new opportunities are developing as consumers are moving towards bottled water and away from sugar and this means a great deal of innovation is happening with new enhanced water healthy ingredients. For the hot drinks industry convenience and premiumization is changing the landscape and new types of on the go products are becoming the main consumer choice. Packaging up these products is becoming a major headache for beverage manufacturers however, as environmental challenges and consumer behaviors are forcing companies to look for new solutions to old problems.

Key Highlights

  • The enhanced water segment covers a wide variety of products with the main theme being low sugar drinks with the main constituent being water. The focus of this segment is primarily on sports nutrition and health-focused water products, lacing traditional water products with additional ingredients such as electrolytes or vitamins to enhance the nutritional capacity of the product. However, manufacturers are feeling very free to develop all manner of new product varieties within this segment and there is good innovation. Varieties include: vitamin water, coconut water, electrolyte water, sleep inducing water, caffeinated water, artificially sweetened water, workout water, black water, and life water.
  • Since 2015, bottled water has become the new most popular product in the soft drink industry according to GlobalData research. Overtaking traditional carbonated drinks like popular varieties of soda, sports drinks and flavored water, bottled water is the new leading product in the sector. This is an interesting phenomenon, because traditional unflavored or uncarbonated water requires fewer ingredients and significantly less processing than the alternatives, meaning customers are choosing a product which is on the whole easier for manufacturers to make and in fact wastes less water during its manufacturing process.
  • The dangers and long-term effects of consuming too much sugar are now broadly recognized by most consumers and many are either reducing their consumption of traditional soft drinks, or entirely switching to new drinks options. The strength of the water segment is growing in many regions, in particular Europe and North America. In the USA bottled water is now the number one selling drink of any kind. Enhanced water has spawned as a segment through two strong trends, the decline of the traditional high sugar sports drink and the booming in the traditional water segment. Essentially innovators in the industry have been pushing to produce low calorie replacements that have additional benefits to that of just plain water.
  • Examine the major trends in the drinks and beverage industry and what companies are doing to exploit them
  • See why the latest sugar coverage is having such a big effect on the industry
  • Explore the reasons behind the rise of bottled water and the new opportunities in that segment
  • Examine the problems the industry faces with packaging
Reasons to buy
  • What are the key changes happening in the non alcoholic drinks industry?
  • What players are making significant new moves in the industry?
  • Are there any opportunities arising out of major industry trends?
  • What new products are starting to gain traction with consumers?

Enhanced water: Significant opportunities are arising in the segment
Enhanced water segment covers a variety of products
Bottled water is outselling all other segments in the soft drinks industry
Enhanced water is a relatively new trend but is appealing for many
The sugar tax and health trend are hitting some beverage companies hard
Lucozade rebrands and releases FitWater, an enhanced water product
Opportunities within the cannabis industry may be developing for enhanced water companies
Some big players are setting up for CBD enhanced water products
Some questions remain over just how valid industry claims are
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List of Figures
Figure 1: Global enhanced water market 2008-2021 million liters 5
Figure 2: Top selling global soft drink varieties by volume 2010-2020 liters M 6
Figure 3: Lucozade’s 2017 UK product range 7
Figure 4: California’s Kind Water, CBD bottled water product 9
Figure 5: Europe’s Love Hemp Water, CBD bottled water product 10

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