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Fourth year of water cooler growth recorded

24 March 2017

Further expansion of the water cooler market has been highlighted by the latest figures released by the British Water Cooler Association (BWCA).

Its research shows that total market growth increased by 5% last year to a value of £129m, compared with £123m in 2015.

The number of water cooler units grew from 645,000 to 651,000 in 2016, which was its fourth successive year of growth, according to the BWCA.

Increases were seen for both bottled and mains-fed water coolers, although the rented market for bottled water accounted for the most numbers.

Market data was supplied by Zenith Global, which showed that the divide between the two types of coolers has remained "relatively stable" since 2012.

Bottled water coolers account for 53% of the market, with the remaining 47% accounted for by mains-fed units.

The number of bottled water coolers installed had increased by 1.3% to 345,000 units last year, while mains-fed installations grew by 0.8% to 306,000 units.

Volume sales of bottled also showed a 3% rise, accounting for 305m litres.

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