It’s official: Americans drank more bottled water than soda in Y 2016.
After decades-long streak of strong growth, bottled water has surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States in Y 2016, according to research and consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp.
The shift comes amid widespread concerns about the health effects of sugary beverages.
Several US cities voted for Soda Tax in November, in a bid to battle diet-related diseases, including obesity and diabetes.
Bottled-water consumption in the United States reached 39.3 gals per capita last year, while carbonated soft drinks slipped to 38.5 gals, Beverage Marketing Corp said.
In contrast, per capita soda consumption regularly exceeded 50 gals in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, according to the report.
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