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Dasani // is a brand of bottled water from The Coca-Cola Company, launched in 1999, after the success of Aquafina (produced by Coca-Cola-rival PepsiCo). It is one of many brands of Coca-Cola bottled water sold around the world. In 2010, in a bid to counteract falling sales and bans on bottled water, The Coca-Cola Company announced they would be distributing Dasani water in new packaging made of 30% plant based materials. Unlike other plant based packaging, the bottles are compatible with standard recycling plants and represent up to a 25% reduction in carbon emissions when compared to standard water bottles.
There are five common Dasani bottle sizes sold in Canada: 330 mL, 500mL, 591 mL, 1 L, and 1.5 L. Bottles are sold individually and in packs of 6, 12, and 24.
The first source of Dasani water in Canada was Calgary, Alberta. A second bottling plant was later opened in Brampton, Ontario. The Calgary and Brampton plants produce Coca-Cola's plain-water (Dasani) and sugar-water (soft drinks) products. The company's administrative and marketing activities continue to be based in Atlanta, Georgia.
In early 2005, two flavored versions of Dasani were introduced: Dasani With Lemon and Dasani With Raspberry. Dasani with Strawberry has since been introduced. The flavored beverages are sweetened with sucralose. Water flavor enhancer Dasani Drops is also now available in three flavors.
Dasani was introduced to the Brazilian market in mid-2003, renamed as Aquarius. It was introduced to the Chilean market in 2005, including releases in regular, lemon and tangerine flavors. It was released in Colombia in late 2005 with their three regular flavors. In 2005, Dasani was introduced in the Argentinian market with the flavors peach, lemon, citrus and regular, being renamed to "Bon Aqua" in late-2012. It was also released under the name Ciel Dasani in Mexico in four flavors: lemon-cucumber, papaya-carrot, grapefruit and mandarin-green tea, but it was discontinued in 2006. It was also released in Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Honduras and Suriname. In Venezuela, is sold under the name of Nevada, also available in flavors such as tangerine, grapefruit and Jamaican flower.
Dasani was launched in the UK on February 10, 2004. The product launch was named "a disaster", a "fiasco" and a "PR catastrophe". Prior to the launch, an article in The Grocer trade magazine had mentioned that the source of the Dasani brand water was in fact treated tap water from Sidcup, a suburban development in London. By early March 2004, the mainstream press had picked up the story and it became widely reported that Sidcup tap water, after being processed by reverse osmosis, had been remineralized, bottled and sold under the Dasani brand name in the UK. Although Coca-Cola never implied that the water was being sourced from a spring or other natural source, they marketed it as being especially "pure". This led the Food Standards Agency to request Hillingdon trading standards officers to launch an investigation into whether the claim was accurate.
The media made mocking parallels with a 1992 episode of the well-known BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, in which protagonist Del Boy attempts to pass off local tap water as bottled "Peckham Spring". Del's scheme fails when he pollutes the local reservoir, causing the bottled water to glow yellow.
Furthermore, at launch the UK website redirected to the US website which displayed an animation containing tag lines such as "Can’t live without spunk" and "Bottled spunk". Whilst in the USA, spunk is used to mean spirit or determination, in the UK it is slang for semen.
On March 18, 2004, UK authorities found a concentration of bromate, a suspected human carcinogen, in the product that could be considered harmful if consumed in large quantities. Coca-Cola immediately recalled half a million bottles and pulled the "Dasani" brand from the UK market. Bromate was not present in the water before Coca-Cola's treatment process. During that process the bromate was produced from the water's bromide. Coca-Cola intended to launch Dasani in France and Germany, although this never went ahead after bad publicity in the United Kingdom.
In line with the 2012 Summer Olympics and being the official drink sponsor, Coca-Cola decided not to reintroduce the Dasani brand to the UK market, and purchased the Morpeth-based Abbey Well bottler in 2008, branded under the Schweppes brand name (to which Coca-Cola holds the UK rights) to provide a locally sourced water brand for the event. To meet Olympic branding regulations, Abbey Well water was labeled as "Still Water" for on-camera appearances during the Games.
Dasani uses tap water from local municipal water supplies, filters it using the process of reverse osmosis, and adds trace amounts of minerals, including magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt), potassium chloride and table salt (sodium chloride).
Current product lineup is:
Regular Dasani water comes in the following individual sizes: 20 fl oz; 24 fl oz; 1 Liter (33.8 fl oz); 1.5 Liter (50.7 fl oz). MultiPack sizes are:
.5 Liter (16.9 fl oz) 6/12/24-pack; .5 Liter 32-pack (Sam's Club only); 12 fl oz fridge pack; 24 fl oz 6-pack.
The Dasani brand includes flavored water, which uses the sweetener sucralose (sold under the Tate & Lyle brand name "Splenda"). The flavors are lemon, grape, raspberry, and strawberry. The flavored varieties are sold as 20 fluid ounce bottles, 500 mL 6-packs, and 12 oz 8-packs.
The discontinued Plus+ product line was similar to the flavored variety, only differing in the fact that these have added vitamins and some different flavors Pomegranate-Blackberry, Orange-Tangerine, Kiwi-Strawberry, and Lemon-Lime flavors. Dasani Plus comes in a 12-oz bottle.
On September 7, 2012, Coke announced it was launching a liquid flavor enhancer called Dasani Drops.
One year after the launch of Drops, Coca-Cola introduced Dasani Sparkling, a five-SKU line of naturally flavored, unsweetened and lightly carbonated waters. Coke first rolled out Dasani Sparkling in select outlets in December, the brand launched nationally in February 2014. The drink launched with four flavors: Lime, Lemon, Berry and Apple as well as an unflavored variety  As of 2016 Sparkling comes in 20-oz cans with four flavors (Berry, Black Cherry, Lemon and Lime). As of 2016, Dasani bottles are made of thin, flimsy plastic.
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- Brand profile - corporate website
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- Things get worse with Coke, an explanatory article from The Guardian newspaper.
- "Tap water wears a bow tie when it's put in a bottle and sold" News article about Dasani bottling plant operating during a drought