NEW YORK -- The growth of bottled water and other noncarbonated products resulted in a soft year for soft-drink sales increases, according to preliminary data from Beverage Marketing Corp. here. U.S. carbonated soft-drink sales increased only 0.5% in 2001 over 2000, or a total of about 54 million cases. Industry volume topped 10 billion cases for the fourth straight year, but per capita consumption fell for the third year in a row after several decades of consistent growth. "We see a very ...

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