NEW YORK -- Bottled water volume in the U.S. increased by 7.5% during 2003, and its total category volume now exceeds that of beer, milk and coffee, according to the Beverage Marketing Corp. Bottled water today trails only carbonated soft drinks among all beverages consumed in America, said BMC, which will publish its findings in a new report. Soft drinks still have more than twice the volume sales and average intake of bottled water, but consumption has dipped slightly for several years, ...

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