Mineral water or packaged drinking water, or bottled water, can quench our thirst, especially when we are outdoors and need clean and safe drinking water.
Packaged drinking water, therefore, becomes essential when we travel. The companies that manufacture these packaged drinking water for consumers are also, one of the most thriving sectors in India. The market is growing at a whopping rate of about 55 per cent annually and is expected to grow within the next couple of years.
In India, the popular mineral water brands such as Bisleri, Aquafina, Bailley, Kingfisher, etc., have monopolised the bottled water market and are now vying with other major competitors, like Nestle, Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Manikchand, United Breweries, Britannia, and more. According to a study conducted at the national level, there are over a dozen bottled water brands in India. Of these, nearly 80 per cent are local brands.
Why or How is Bottled Mineral Water Different?
Although bottled mineral water may be called (or promoted as) mineral water, it doesn’t actually contain minerals, so to speak. The water taken from the source is filtered and packaged in bottles for consumption. And, these packaged bottled water have expiration dates, too!
Drinking water that is obtained from a source has to be treated and disinfected before packaging and distributed for consumption. The entire process involves filtration, UV or ozone treatment, and reverse osmosis before the water is deemed fit for human consumption.
Let’s take a look at some of the top packaged mineral water brands in India.
List of 20 Packaged Mineral Water Brands Manufactured and Sold in India
Here are the top companies (listed in alphabetical order) that manufacture packaged drinking water and are available at stores in India.
1. Aava Water
Owned by: Aava
Aava is a brand of alkaline natural mineral water which originates from the state of Himachal Pradesh. The packaged water from Aava Aquifers passes through several layers of alluvial clay and the resulting water which is rich in minerals has a pH level of 8 plus.
Aava packaged drinking water has powerful antioxidant properties and is rich in magnesium and calcium. In addition to this, Aava does not undergo chemical processing during its production.
Owned by: PepsiCo
Aquafina is one of the top-selling bottled water brands in India. It manufactures and distributes purified water, and has been in the business for many decades around the world. The bottled water is manufactured under the brand name PepsiCo, which is a very prominent name in the industry. Aquafina was first introduced in 1994 in Kansas, USA.
In India, it was launched in the market in the 2000s. Owned by the Pepsico company, it is one of the most popular and best-selling packaged drinking water brands nationwide. The company now has almost 19 plants situated in different parts of the country that aims to supply pure and safe drinking water to the population.
Owned by: Parle Agro
Bailley is another popular bottled water brand in India. It is owned by the FMCG, Parle Agro Ltd. The brand was launched back in 1993 and is a product of Parle Agro Ltd. It is known among users for its purity and quality of packaged drinking water.
Bailley is one of the biggest manufacturing industries for purified bottled water in India. The brand is also one of the most trusted names in India for safe and healthy drinking water.
Owned by: Parle Group
In 1969, The Parle Group purchased Bisleri from the Italian entrepreneur Signor Felice Bisleri. Bisleri holds about 40% share in the mineral water industry in India. It is the most popular brand which sells mineral water packaged in bottles and is available in various capacities and prices.
Parle brand’s Bisleri bottled water is the most popular brand in India and is today, a household name as well. The brand has a huge customer base that has been built over years of trust that the company has created with the quality of water served to the nation. It holds a 40% market share in the packaged drinking water industry in India.
Owned by: Coca-Cola Company
Dasani was first launched in 1999 in the USA and after having a huge success from the popularity of the Aquafina brand of bottled water. It is owned by the Coca-Cola Company, which is one of the biggest brands in the world. Dasani packaged drinking water has since gained a lot of trust in Indian consumers, as well as in being healthy and safe drinking water packaged in bottles.
Owned by: Aquarius Exim Pvt. Ltd.
Edlin is one of the most prominent names in the packaged drinking water industry in India. Its manufacturing company, Aquarius Exim Pvt. Ltd., is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The company is known for their bottled water which they believe is an economical green concept mineral water bottle.
Aside from producing packaged mineral water for consumption, the company also manufactures a variety of products, like fruit juice, aerated water, soft drink, syrup, and more.
Owned by: Danone
Evian is one of the most popular brands of packaged drinking water that originated in France. Evian in French means ‘stylised’, which is also the reason why the brand has taken utmost care to provide safe and healthy drinking water in packaged bottles, and that is attractive, too.
As of now, Evian is owned by Danone, which is a French multinational corporation.
Owned by: Tata Global Beverages
Himalayan is another popular brand of bottled water in India. The packaged drinking water is a product of the Tata Global Beverages and part of the Tata Consumer Products Ltd., a name that is very well-known in the country.
There is a joint venture between Tata Global Beverages and PepsiCo India in the manufacturing of the Himalayan packaged water brand. It also boasts of containing only natural water and without undergoing any chemical processing. It is the only packaged drinking water brand in India that has accreditations from renowned institutes across the world, including the Institut De Fresenius, US FDA and the Health Ministries of Japan and France.
Owned by: Jusica Agro Foods Pvt. Ltd.
The brand Jusica, a packaged bottled water, was founded by Mr. Teja Ram Jat, who is also an expert in the field of dairy products. He worked as a dairy technologist and under his supervision, he formed the company, Jusica Agro Foods Pvt. Ltd., which later became a fruit beverages and dairy products enterprise.
The company produces a wide variety of fruit juices with different flavours, like mango, apple, litchi, and many more.
Owned by: United Breweries Ltd.
Owned by United Breweries Ltd., the popular bottled water and soda brand Kingfisher now boast of having over a million of its customer base. Its premium packaged drinking water is prepared by removing undesirable dissolved solids, suspended solids, biological contaminants, and gases from water.
Kingfisher’s packaged drinking water is a sub-brand of Kingfisher, which is a very prominent name throughout the globe. Their bottled water has been a popular choice of consumers for many decades thus, providing the most healthy and safe drinking water.
Owned by: Coca-Cola Company
Yet another popular name for bottled water in India is Kinley. This brand is owned by the Coca-Cola Company. Their packaged drinking water goes through a lot of purity tests before making it to the market for consumption. The company uses the latest technology of operation, which is called Reverse Osmosis in the manufacturing of bottled water.
Kinley is also a brand that is widespread in the European and Asian markets providing consumers with safe and healthy packaged drinking water. The brand mainly serves the Coca-Cola Company for two drinks, which are packaged drinking water and carbonated water.
12. McDowell’s No. 1
Owned by: United Spirits Limited
McDowell’s No. 1 is not just a popular alcohol brand in India. The company called the United Spirits Limited also manufactures soda and bottled water for consumption and is available in the country. The company goes through a five-step state-of-the-art purification process in order to provide pure water packaged in bottles and perfect taste. The brand has become one of India’s leading brands of bottled water in a relatively short span of time.
McDowell’s No. 1 is a brand of packaged drinking water and is a prominent name in the spirits industry, and is now also gaining popularity in the packaged drinking water industry.
Owned by: Manikchand
Oxyrich packaged drinking water from Manikchand is the only brand in India to have over 200% of the oxygen present in the water. The brand is also certified by the World Standard for Food Safety Management System. The Purity and the quality speak for the brand.
Manikchand’s Oxyrich packaged mineral drinking water provides the most healthy and safe mineral water to its consumers. The brand was established in the year 2002 when the first water plant was set up in the state of Maharashtra. Manikchand, being the manufacturing brand, deals in a wide variety of everyday consumer products, in addition to producing packaged drinking water for consumers.
14. Pure Life
Owned by: Nestle
Nestle is one of the most popular names in the FMCG sector throughout the world. Nestle’s Pure Life brand of packaged drinking water is one of its subsidiaries, which has gained a lot of popularity in recent years.
The packaged drinking water from Nestle was introduced in the year 1993 giving the brand a new direction in the packaged drinking water industry.
Owned by: Narang Group
Another brand of bottled water in India, Qua, is a subsidiary of the Narang Group, which has its reach all over the country. Qua is 100% natural water that is packaged at the source using French Bottling expertise. The bottled water brand contains alkaline water, which is produced in India and is available in a PET bottle to keep it fresh and pure at all times.
The company is owned by the Rahul Narang Group. The company believes in using 100% organic products and no chemicals. Their bottled water is known to have been sourced from the Himalayan foothills.
16. Rail Neer
Owned by: IRCTC
One of the most widely used packaged drinking water in India, especially when travelling in trains, is the Rail Neer brand of mineral water. It is a product of the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which falls directly under the Ministry of Railways, Government of India. The packaged drinking water from IRCTC is purified and bottled at their water plants.
The Indian Railways installed four Neer bottling plants that can produce about 6.14 lakhs of packaged bottled water per day. The Indian Railways also plans to produce at least 16 crores of bottled water for consumers, and that can have a turnover of Rs. 120 crores.
17. Tata Water Plus
Owned by: Tata Global Beverages
Tata Water Plus packaged drinking water in India is manufactured by the Tata Global Beverages company, which is a very popular brand in the Indian market. Tata Water Plus is also known to be India’s first nutrient water that is developed by a team of international scientists. Tata has collaborated with PepsiCo India in order to provide the most healthy and safe drinking water to consumers.
This is the first nutrient water of India that was introduced by the NourishCo along with a joint project between PepsiCo and Tata Global Beverages Limited. As the brand’s tagline says ‘Goodness of Copper’, the brown label on the bottles showcases the goodness of using copper vessels to drink water that was used in India since ancient times. Thus, the water is infused with copper that strengthens the immune system and refreshes one too.
Owned by: Bisleri
Vedica packaged drinking water is a brand of natural water by Bisleri. It offers the goodness of the mighty Himalayas in every sip and is available in three pack sizes – 250ml, 500ml and 1 litre, respectively.
Owned by: Xalta Food and Beverages Pvt. Ltd.
Xalta bottled water is a very successful company which is located in Delhi. Apart from bottled water Xalta also manufactures a wide variety of cold drinks. It is manufactured under the brand name Xalta Food and Beverages Pvt. Ltd.
Owned by: Ashoka Food and Beverages Pvt. Ltd.
Xlliant packaged drinking water has its plant in the state of Gujarat manufacturing under the name of Ashoka Food and Beverages Pvt. Ltd. It primarily has three packaging sizes 1 litre, 500 ml, and 200 ml. The company was founded in 2005 under the excellent leadership of Mr. Ashok Gupta.
The top mineral water brands in India listed above constitute more than half the market share of the mineral water industry in India. The mineral water companies in the country have witnessed a massive surge in the demand over the past few years, owing to the high demand for clean and safe drinking water, and in creating awareness about the ill-effects of water-borne diseases across the country.