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List of Bottled Water distributors in China

A quick overview of the fast booming bottled water market in China in 2022, and a list of Chinese water distributors and wholesalers.

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The bottled water’s boom in China

For several years in China, we assist with a serious shrink of consumption habits. People are turning towards a healthier lifestyle. They eat less fatty food and tend to consume less sugar. And this trend includes drinking consumption: Chinese people drink less carbonated drinks (sodas, energy drinks, …) and favor more non-carbonated drinks (juices, teas, coffees, and especially WATER).

Moreover, China’s water sources are limited and drinkable water is more than insufficient. That is why China’s need to import bottled water is enormous to satisfy its 1.4 billion population. And Chinese consumers are not only looking for simple bottled water but above all seeking quality water, with minerals, sometimes vitamins, etc.

Drinking bottled water is reassuring for Chinese people. It’s because of water pollution that more Chinese consumers stop drinking tap water and buy bottled water in supermarkets.

When vital needs turn to an opportunity

You may not pay attention to them in a supermarket, but the bottled water segment represents one of the most important markets in China!

Let’s drown more deeply into it: the bottled water market in China is….

  • One of the biggest market in the world
  • A market expected to reach 49 million tons of total annual consumption by 2020
  • Also a market expected to grow annually by 12.5%
  • A market size that has practically doubled in a few years (from 19 billion to 37 billion of liters from 2010 to 2015)
  • Sales volume growth increasing! (+1.5% in 2015 and over +4% in 2017)
  • Total revenue of US$42,774m in 2018!

The Chinese demand for bottled mineral water is colossal and many segments exist in this market. Indeed, you can find many different local or foreign brands with different strategies. To give you an idea about it, in China you can find a simple 500mL bottle of water that can be priced from RMB 1 to RMB 20 or even more depending on the brand you choose!

This price difference and the type of water you offer open the world of possibilities and gives you the chance to be different from the competitors (as mineral water, purified water, natural water, natural mineral water, or high-end water).

If you already think about your strategy to stand out from the competition, why not considering where you will distribute your bottled water in China?

Bottled water distributors in China

China’s lifestyle is different from Western countries. Even though they drink bottled water just like us, the Chinese do not buy their daily food and drinks in the same ways.

If you want to launch such a product in China, you should not neglect the e-commerce channel which is very dominant there.

Bottled water physical distributors:

  • Family Mart

Bottled water online distribution platforms :

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  • JD.com
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  • Tmall
  • Taobao

Local vs. from abroad

Here is a good example of the price difference which translates the marketing strategy difference in China.

While Evian offers a higher price for less quantity, local Chinese brands offer more of it at a lower price! And it is thanks to its foreign brand image that Evian can sell at this price. Offering better benefits and a higher quality experience, Evian is working very well in China thanks to its multiple marketing campaigns that have built its premium image.

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20 Comments

  1. Hello
    We are an Chinese firm based in South China, and we would like to partner with western Water brand .

    We would like to collaborate with serious companies, and we can help to enter China, and sell.

    Send me your brand information

    Erik Liu
    BD

    1. Hi Eric, we discovered a very good quality source of mineral water in Langkawi Island, Malaysia and are currently looking for a strong distributor as our partner to explore the China market. Please let us know if you are keen to get in touch further.

      cheers
      SK

    2. We are a western Canadian brand that’s perfect for you ERIK.

      Located in British Columbia Canada , we own and operate state of the art canning facilities at the base of the Rockies. We can ship our water directly from our plant on rail lines or by truck.

      I would love to chat about some opportunities.

  2. Hello.
    We are a start up bottling company from the arctic Located in Greenland.
    We aim to produce superior ultra-low TDS content iceberg water. A very unique and virginal water, that has been kept inside the icecap of Greenland for 10.000-40.000 years, and therefore not been circulated in this modern polluted atmosphere, and has not made contact with other elements of land, it will be collected from the sea, and will be melted by hand, before filtrated with no chemicals then bottled.

    Our product is similar to those that has mostly been seen as luxury water, like “Svalbardi” that costs 100’s of dollars per liter.
    We will make it affordable to common people. And hopefully make a brand of it, to whole the world.

    We are seeking partnership with good strategic partners, that can help us achieve this goal.

    You can contact us back to the e-mail above if you’re interested or you want to hear more.
    We are looking forward to hear from you.

    Best of regards.

    Nuka Peter Siegstad

  3. Hello there
    Here is Adilson Carvalho from AC&J Consulting, and our co-partner from Brazil is one of the largest producer of bottle water, mineral water and we already have registered brands at Carrefour and Walmart.
    We are looking for Chinese Importer companies
    Kindly be in touch by or weixin 13917863142

  4. Hello!
    I have the only premium water from the arctic region! Already approved for the chinese market, ready and tested. Please, kindly contact me if interested in importing and distributing in China.
    Camilla Ekman

  5. Dear Officer,

    We are looking for local distributors in China to distribute our mineral water (from Thailand). Much appreciated if you could share what type of partnership program you are offering and how does it work.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Regards
    Francis

    1. Hello Francis,

      Drop up a request here, we will connect you with one of our specialists to let you know more about the solution we have for you 😉

      1. Dear Officer, We are looking for local distributors in China to distribute our mineral water (from Thailand). Much appreciated if you could share what type of partnership program you are offering and how does it work. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

        Regards Francis

  6. We are a Canadian owned natural Spring water company looking to expand into China! Please reach out to further business opportunities! We are looking for reputable company to assist us!

    Thanks

  7. Dear Sirs
    We are the producer of mineral water from Poland , from clearest part of Tatra Mountains. Our water bottling plant is situated at a height of approximately 450 m above sea level in the Poprad river valley, in the vicinity of the Poprad Landscape Park. There are numerous pump rooms and our water springs in the picturesque spa town. Thanks to the unique geology, the mineral waters extracted from its area are saturated with natural minerals – the best for health. Elements such as magnesium and calcium allow the human body to function. Extracted from a depth of about 200 m, naturally saturated with minerals. We are constantly introducing innovative, ecological solutions. Our bottles are 100% recyclable ( plastic or glass) We use paper labels and organic glue. There are modern production lines water bottling company, and there is a laboratory which constantly monitors the quality of the water.
    We are looking for the big distributors in China.
    Kind Regards

  8. Dear sirs, nihao!

    It’s a great honor for me to introduce our company, The Swan Lake LLC, the supplier of the best natural mineral water Swan Lake from the same region where Peter Tchaikovsky, the genius who composed Swan Lake ballet, was born.

    The unique melodic charm of Tchaikovsky’s music won the hearts of millions. So does the unique harmonious taste of The Swan Lake water. It’s all because water provides nutrition to our body while music provides nutrition to our soul.

    WE COMBINE BOTH IN ONE BOTTLE!

    Just one sip of the best quality water will make you fall in love with it!

    We’ll be more than glad to start cooperating with distributors in your beautiful country!

    Kind regards and XieXie!

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