Angola is the 39th largest bottled water market in the world, with sales of around US$600 million in 2021, according to a United Nations study on the natural bottled water market.
The study, carried out by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health in 109 countries, places Angola among the 50 largest consumers of bottled water in the world, which with the 270 billion dollars spent in 2021 by consumers of bottled water would be enough to ensure that safe tap water is available in much of the world.
“The report shows that bottled water has evolved into a major economic sector in just five decades”, which is now worth 270 billion dollars and produces around 350 billion liters, “being one of the most dynamic in the world, growing faster than any other food market and should exceed 500 billion dollars between 2025 and 2030”, points out in the report.
Entitled ‘Bottled Water Industry: Analysis of Impacts and Trends’, the study concludes that Angola occupies the 39th position among the markets where, in 2021, more was spent on the purchase of bottled water, around US$600 million, from a total of 1.5 million liters consumed.
Heading the list of the biggest markets is the United States, with spending of US$63.3 billion, followed by China, with US$49.1 billion, and Indonesia, where US$21.9 billion was spent. of dollars, in bottled water in 2021.
Brazil comes in 13th place, with an expenditure of US$3.8 billion, and is the only Portuguese-speaking country, apart from Angola, to be among the 50 largest bottled water markets.
The document also shows that 1.5 million liters of bottled water were consumed in Angola that year, and around one million liters in Portugal, the 44th largest market in terms of consumption, while Brazil, the 21st largest market, with around four billion liters consumed.
necessity and luxury
“The report shows that bottled water is widely consumed both in the North and in the South, although prices are higher than tap water”, points out in the document, which points to Germany as the largest European market and Mexico as the largest market in Latin America.
“While in the North, bottled water is typically perceived as a tastier and healthier product than tap water and is more of a luxury than a necessity, in the South bottled water sales are driven primarily by the lack of potable water supplies. by public authorities”, concludes the document.
Another conclusion concerns the pollution resulting from plastic bottles, pointing out that “the world currently generates around 600 billion plastic bottles of garbage, which are not recycled but placed in landfills or simply in the trash”, despite the increase of social awareness about this type of pollution.