Aquafina is an American brand of purified bottled water that is produced by PepsiCo, consisting of both unflavored and flavored water. The Aquafina brand name is also licensed for use on multiple skin care products, including lip balm and wrinkle cream. It was first distributed in Wichita, Kansas in 1994, before becoming more widely sold across the United States, Canada, Spain, Peru (called “San Carlos”), Lebanon, Turkey, the GCC countries, Iran, Egypt, Morocco, Vietnam, Pakistan, and India to compete with The Coca-Cola Company’s Dasani and Dr. Pepper Snapple’s Deja Blue. As of 2009, Aquafina represented 13.4 percent of domestic bottled water sales in the United States, making it the number one bottled water brand as measured by retail sales.
Bottled water is drinking water (e.g., well water, distilled water, mineral water, or spring water) packaged in plastic or glass water bottles. Bottled water may be carbonated or not. Sizes range from small single serving bottles to large carboys for water coolers. All of the tap and bottled water in Qatar is safe to drink, but some imported water has higher concentrations of tested parameters such as arsenic (average concentration in imported water = 0.62 parts-per-billion (ppb)); and chromium (1.04 ppb) than the locally produced tap and bottled water.Consumer demand for bottled water has increased in recent years in Qatar and as a result, the footprints of many companies are increasing in this sector. Bottled drinking water is commonly treated and disinfected for taste. In Qatar, a number of companies offer bottled drinking water and their services tend to adapt to the needs of each client that include delivery either monthly or weekly, sometimes even daily.
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