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Mineral water, soft drink sales fall because of pandemic

Mineral water and soft drink sales volume in Hungary fell about 7% year-on-year to 1.85 billion liters in Q1-Q3, as the impact of the pandemic weighed, the secretary of the Hungarian Mineral Water, Juice and Soft Drink Association told state news wire MTI.

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Alone in Q3, sales dropped 6.4%, Kinga Hamza Bikfalvi said.

Mineral water sales fell 12% during the period, sales of flavored water and carbonated drinks edged 0.9% lower and ice tea sales declined 10%, but sales of 100%-fruit-content juices inched up 0.3% and fruit drink sales rose 10%.

Members of the association account for more than 95% of mineral water bottlers and about 80% of soft drink makers in Hungary. Membersʼ combined revenue came to about HUF 250 billion last year.