This was the 4th Summit after Barcelona, Vidago and Shanghai and the Summit in Los Angeles saw the roll-out of The Fine Water Society as well as a significant segmentation of the premium category creating the Fine Water designation and the first Fine Water Achievement Award handed to Joachim Splichal of the Patina Restaurant group.
finewaters!The 2013 FineWaters Summit & Pavilion was held in Shanghai from April 22 - 27 with around 60 participants representing 24 premium bottled water brands from around the world and included domestic Chinese and international portfolio distributors as well as industry experts and observers. The strong interest in the Summit & Pavilion in Shanghai was fueled by the growth and performance of the Chinese market and the adoption of premium bottled water as a luxury category.

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The 5th Summit in Guangzhou had as an overarching theme the focus on the Premiumization of the category. We see a general trend in the beverage, food and hospitality industry of bridging of luxury and mass market consumption gap. Making the “good” better and the “greater” more accessible thereby giving consumers a taste of premium choices. Presentations by International experts focused on the current global status of Premiumization as well as the trend in China. Topics discussed included: Global portfolio distribution concepts,  Water menu solutions for the hospitality industry, bottled water etiquette and workshops with water sommeliers. The Summit will be followed by the FineWaters International Tasting & Design Competition at the WaterExpo 2017.

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