2023 & 2024 Sparkling Water Industry Statistics and Trends

2023 & 2024 Sparkling Water Industry Statistics and Trends

Table of Contents:

The rise of sparkling water
Global leaders in sparkling water
Sparkling water company`s market share
Lifestyle changes drive sparkling water growth
Technological innovation is changing the water industry
Future trends in the sparkling water industry


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Sparkling water is the new bubbly. At least that’s what the numbers say:

  • The global sparkling water market size is worth $29.71 billion
  • The market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6% from 2021 to 2028
  • The sparkling water industry’s revenue forecast for 2028 is $76.95 billion
  • Natural or mineral sparkling water holds the largest market share
  • The caffeinated market segment is projected to grow 12.6% between 2021-2028
  • Flavored sparkling water with caffeine held the largest market share at 85.4% in 2020.
  • North America has the biggest selling power with a market share of 35%
  • The largest brand in the world is San Pellegrino

There are numerous driving factors behind these statistics, and a closer look reveals exactly why sparkling water is growing in popularity in the US and across the globe.

The rise of sparkling water

With the growing trend of the importance of fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle among all age groups, people around the globe have embraced bottled waters. Gone are the days of syrupy drinks loaded with sugar and additives. The ever-increasing preference for sparkling water over carbonated and sweetened beverages has driven the market upwards. In 2020, the value of the global sparkling water market was $29.71 billion, and it was forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6% from 2021-2028. By 2028, the industry is predicted to be worth a whopping $76.95 billion. Advertisements and marketing have also increased in the last decade, and as far back as 2015, Seltzer became cooler than Coca-Cola. Since then, key players in the industry have launched sparkling water brands to gain maximum market share.

Global leaders in sparkling water

The US holds a huge segment of the sparkling water market, and US citizens prefer sparkling to still. North America leads the way with a more than 30% market share. Over in the UK, Britain dominates the market in Europe, although unflavored sparkling water is preferred on that side of the Atlantic.

Sparkling water product insights

In 2020, natural or mineral sparkling water held the largest share of the market at 60%. Based on this demand, it’s unsurprising that big brands are continually launching new products as more and more consumers swap sodas for sparkling water. Many consumers like the fact that sparkling waters have no carbohydrates, sweeteners, or sodium. But that doesn’t mean they don’t like additives like caffeine. Flavored sparkling water with caffeine held the largest market share at 85.4% in 2020. The growth in this market segment is said to result in rising demands for different flavors such as lemon, cucumber, berry, and orange.

PepsiCo, Inc. brought out five new caffeinated sparkling water flavors in 2021 in response to this trend. The beverages were flavored with mango passion fruit, blood orange grapefruit, triple berry, blueberry pomegranate, and citrus cherry flavors and quickly became a massive hit with consumers. Since then, many other brands have released their own flavored fizzy beverages, and we’ve witnessed spin-offs such as the much-hyped Prime Energy launched by Logan Paul that blends coconut water with a whopping 200mg of caffeine. With big names and brands behind it, it’s unsurprising that the caffeinated market segment is projected to record the fastest CAGR of 12.6% between 2021-2028. Consumers are seeing these drinks as a substitute for coffee, sweetened teas, and conventional energy drinks.

Biggest sparkling water brands

Some prominent players in the global market include:

Sparkling water company`s market share

San Pellegrino. Lombardy, Italy (Sales: $981.13 million)

With sales of $981,13 million, the world's most prominent sparkling water brand is San Pellegrino. The company has a market share of 4.9% and prides itself on quality. Its natural mineral water flows from Val Brembana in the San Pellegrino Terme area in the Italian Alps. This enriches it with natural mineral salts. It takes 30 years for the river to filter from the top of the mountain to its source. The company, Sanpellegrino S.p.A., began more than 620 years ago when the water from the region was said to be magical and miraculous. In 1997, the company was purchased by Perrier Vittel SA, a division of Nestle. Nestle owns both San Pellegrino and Perrier.

Private label (Sales: $199 billion)

Private-label sparkling water brands own a large chunk of the entire market share at 18.3%. This includes almost all store-branded products, such as Costco’s Kirkland or Kroger’s Simple Truth Organic Seltzer Water.

Sparkling Ice. Preston, Washington (Sales: $836.46 million)

In 1992, the company created the Sparkling Ice brand and moved to its current home in Preston, Washington.

La Croix. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Sales: $707.8 million)

La Croix was the king of flavored water for many years. The holding company, National Beverage Corporation, is the fifth-largest soft drink producer in the US. Although beset recently by a few controversies, the company is still very successful.

La Croix Curate. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Sales: $707.8 million)

La Croix Curate (pronounced coo-rah-tay) translates as “cure yourself.” It claims to be inspired by the romance of French and Spanish cultures and uses this to create bold packaging that appeals to the younger generation.

Polar Beverages. Worcester, Massachusetts (Sales: $420.0 million)

This company is still family-owned and has been in operation since 1882. It’s a hometown favorite and has a growing national following. It registered a 17.2% growth in 2022.

Bubly. Harrison, NY (Sales: $376.69 million)

Soda giant, PepsiCo owns Bubly. Sales are stratospheric, with an increase of 216.3% in 2022. The company uses humor and celebrities like Michael Buble to market its products.

Perrier. Vergeze, Gard, France (Sales: $323.67 million)

Perrier was once so iconic and featured in many old-time movies. The company has been in operation since 1863. Nestle Waters France now owns it. To move with the times, Perrier introduced various flavors in 2007.

Topo Chico. Monterrey, Mexico (Sales: $172 million)

This company’s water has been bottled in Monterrey, Mexico, since 1895. Coca-Cola now owns them.

Schweppes. Plano, Texas (Sales: $54 million)

Schweppes has been a household name with bartenders across the world for years. To stay current, they have added flavored drinks to the mix. Originating in Switzerland, Schweppes is now owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper and bears a US trademark.


Lifestyle changes drive sparkling water growth

While alcohol is still a huge industry, there has been a shift to non-alcoholic drinks as consumers have become more health-conscious. Additionally, people have become more mindful of the need for healthy and nutritious beverages since Covid-19. Sparkling water only hydrates bodies and provides essential minerals, including sodium, magnesium, and calcium. Drinking water also improves digestion and can help relieve constipation. In addition, many studies have also suggested that sparkling water is not as harmful as carbonated drinks, such as sodas, for dental and bone health. This has also made it a great mixer for those who still want to enjoy their alcohol without an unhealthy, sugar-laden soda. Hard seltzer—sparkling water with alcohol in it—has become a big seller, with revenue reaching $21.65 billion in 2023.

Annual market growth of 16.92% is expected between 2023 and 2027 as more leading brands launch their hard seltzers or collaborate to create new drinks in this fast-growing category. Unhealthy lifestyle choices and the dangers of a fast-food diet have also led to a global increase in diabetes and obesity. The co-morbidity of these two conditions is well-known and extremely high, and it's been a great motivation for people to change their drinking habits. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes was the direct cause of about 1.5 million deaths in 2021 alone. Additionally, 39 million children under five were overweight or obese, according to WHO data. The current value of the sparkling bottled water market is expected to be $45.4 billion in 2023. In the next ten years, this value is projected to rise to $93.6 billion.

Technological innovation is changing the water industry

Tech has influenced almost every sector globally, so it makes sense that it’s also affecting the beverage industry. Nestlé unveiled mock-ups for its Perrier® bottles using a unique recycling technology as far back as 2021. The bottles were produced as part of the Carbios global partnership, which supports the automation of Vanguard technology. The new technology allows repeated plastic recycling while keeping the same features as virgin plastics.


The numbers say it all. When you add carbonation, the Earth’s most precious resource is worth an absolute fortune. Flavored, caffeinated, or served “hard”, sparkling water has become the go-to drink for consumers in the US and worldwide, and all indications show that it will stay this way for a while. The question is now, what new twist will the biggest brand names in the industry put on this classic favorite to keep consumers coming back for more?

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