Beverages

2014 NACS Show Focus on Sparkling Water (Slideshow)

Dozens of new SKUs are fighting for space in this growing subcategory

LAS VEGAS -- Like coconut water before it and energy shots before that, sparkling water was the beverage-segment must-have for manufacturers on this year’s NACS Show floor. From a new flavor from standard-bearer Perrier to and an entirely new line from new guard Sparkling Ice, dozens of sparkling flavors littered the trade show.

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Some focused on flavors, while others shouted their healthier distance from carbonated soft drinks. While packaging varied from bottles to cans, the 17-oz. test-tube-shaped PET bottle was the predominant go-to design.

Unit sales of sparkling waters grew almost 50% in convenience stores in 2013. Here’s a look at what’s new in the subcategory.

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