New marketplace analysis presentations that the price of the United Kingdom water cooler marketplace has damaged in the course of the £130 million barrier, achieving £133 million in 2017, the British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) annual convention heard.

Debra Searle addresses the BWCA convention

Revenue higher by means of 3.5%, when put next with 2016, when the marketplace’s worth stood at £129 million.

In a document introduced to the Association by means of world food and drinks professionals Zenith, the convention heard that 2017 was once the fifth successive 12 months of strong and secure expansion. The general collection of water cooler devices grew by means of 1.8%  to 663,000  around the United  Kingdom. This is the best proportion build up for the reason that 2007 monetary disaster.

The BWCA convention and industry display held in Nottingham is among the key occasions within the water cooler calendar. Its theme, The Journey, mirrored a chat by means of the keynote speaker, trans-Atlantic rower Debra Searle MVO MBE. The match attracted round 115 BWCA participants and visitors.

The opening visitor speaker was once Karen Wells, foremost advisor at Zenith, turning in the yearly marketplace information assessment. This is the twenty eighth 12 months that Zenith has researched the cooler marketplace.

Karen instructed the convention: “The sector continues to see gains in volume and value for both mains-fed – point of use –  and bottled water coolers, which is a positive and pleasing trend.”

The marketplace break up between the 2 forms of coolers has remained slightly strong since 2012. In 2017, mains-fed, plumbed in level of use devices carried out marginally higher when it comes to earnings expansion, however nonetheless held a way smaller proportion of gross sales at 21%. Bottled water coolers accounted for a a ways higher portion, amounting to 79% of earnings.

By collection of devices, level of use represented a strong 47%, with bottled water devices simply forward at 53%. At the top of 2017, the United Kingdom had 349,000 bottled water and 314,000 level of use coolers put in.

The quantity of bottled water offered for water coolers higher by means of 2% to 313 million litres within the 12 months. Both the collection of devices and quantity throughput higher, with each and every cooler now turning in a mean of 900 litres, up 1% on 2016. In 2012, throughput in step with cooler was once 786 litres. This 14.5% build up over 5 years led Karen to remark that “healthy hydration convenience” could be very a lot at the leading edge of considering by means of water cooler customers.

She added that every other affect on marketplace worth expansion was once moderate per 30 days bottled water cooler apartment costs seeing a slight build up in conjunction with a modest upward thrust in the fee in step with bottle.

By distinction, level of use apartment values stay below power, she mentioned. Some value chopping have been famous by means of Zenith in sure spaces, as a need to achieve proportion have been a focal point for some corporations. However, this value chopping didn’t appear to have been as marked as in earlier years and several other corporations had said that they search to “stand firm” on pricing.

The direct impact on gross sales by means of seasonality and climate has lowered, Karen remarked. “The weather effect does not appear as prevalent as it used to be. The choice to drink water centres more around a wish for healthy hydration throughout the year. There really is a growing habit of drinking water more regularly.”

She added that some buyer teams had been and can stay extra weather-sensitive, mentioning the development sector as one such instance.  “Whilst a hot building site will obviously draw people to take advantage of the water cooler, it is in the office environment where most coolers are installed. As we have seen with smaller bottles of water, the weather is becoming less of a direct influence on office workers.”

Looking to long run alternatives for the field, Zenith famous that there stay demanding situations in increasing using bottled water coolers to houses. However, the need for wholesome hydration at house in addition to at paintings, blended with the hot center of attention on decreasing plastic packaging, might create higher alternatives for under-sink water filters and compact water coolers.

Another doable house for expansion may well be hospitality, Karen Wells concluded. “Some hotels and restaurants are showing interest in installing back of house filters to offer water to customers, with particular interest in machines which can also produce sparkling water.”

BWCA Chairman Jon Wicks mentioned: “Our sector becomes ever more professional and this is due not only to our member companies but also to the high professional standards maintained by the work of the British Water Cooler Association. We thank Karen for once again presenting Zenith’s market findings to our annual conference and her colleague Francesca Hall who undertook much of the research. This is always a highlight of our annual gathering as it helps focus our minds on the year ahead.”

In addition to Debra Searle and Karen Wells, different audio system on the BWCA convention have been Phillipa Atkinson-Clow, common supervisor of the BWCA, speaking about her 25 years on the helm of the Association; Brendan Hanlon, from Just a Drop, celebrating with participants the Association’s proceeding efforts in make stronger of his charity in bringing blank water assets to villagers in Africa; and Master of Ceremonies, the BWCA chairman, Jon Wicks.


The match this 12 months attracted a report collection of sponsors. They have been:

  • Pureflo – convention
  • Crystal Mountain – industry display
  • Waterlogic UK – registration portal
  • 4 Aces – gala dinner
  • Nupik-Flo – keynote speaker
  • Database Workshop – charity public sale
  • BWT UK – Chairman’s welcome supper
  • H2O Direct – convention lunch
  • Cosmetal – Batak wall
  • Bericap UK – signage
  • Calomax – Casino