About IBWA

About IBWA

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the trade association that represents the
No.1 packaged beverage in the United States: bottled water.

Founded in 1958, IBWA’s membership consists of U.S. and international bottlers and distributors that produce and deliver bottled water products and the suppliers that serve them. While IBWA represents companies of all sizes, the vast majority of our member bottlers are small, locally owned companies, with 60 percent reporting less than $2.6 million in annual gross sales and 90 percent reporting less than $10 million in annual gross sales. They are local, family entrepreneurs with deep roots and strong ties within their communities. They are committed to providing not only healthy hydration products to the communities they serve but also highly sought-after jobs. IBWA unifies the bottled water industry and represents uncompromising commitment to the safety and availability of bottled water. 

IBWA Vision Statement

Be the leading voice for healthy hydration and the bottled water industry.

 IBWA Mission Statement

To serve our members and the public by championing bottled water and other healthy hydration choices, while promoting an environmentally responsible and sustainable industry.

What we do

As the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled water—including spring, mineral, purified, artesian, and sparkling—IBWA is the liaison between industry, government, and consumers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which strictly regulates bottled water as a packaged food product to set stringent standards for safe, high-quality bottled water products.

Using a system of committees to establish objectives and execute successful programs, IBWA provides its members a neutral forum to discuss industry issues. Those committees include Communications, Education, Environmental Sustainability, Government Relations, Membership, State and Regional Associations, Supplier and Convention, and Technical.


U.S. Jobs Provided


Billion Direct Impact
on U.S. Economy


Packaged Beverage in the U.S.

Generally speaking, the bottled water industry can be divided into two primary business models.

Home and office delivery. The home and office delivery (HOD) portion of the bottled water industry accounts for about 10 percent of the bottled water market. These services involve delivery of 3-, 4- and 5-gallon bottles used with water coolers. This segment of the bottled water market has been providing consumers with safe, quality products for more than 100 years in the United States.

Retail bottled water. The retail sale of bottled water to consumers accounts for about 90 percent of the bottled water market and is the largest and fastest growing segment of the United States bottled water industry. Consumers generally purchase bottled water in convenient 2½ gallon, 1 gallon, and smaller sizes — including the familiar 16.9 ounce (half-liter) bottles — through grocery, club, and convenience stores; supermarkets; and vending machines.


IBWA’s dedicated team of members, staff, and consultants, have worked together to help make bottled
water America’s favorite package drink. Join IBWA and help us fight to ensure the continued success
your bottled water businesses and the bottled water industry.