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Consumers of the latest drink fad to hit New Zealand, “enhanced” water, may find themselves more confused than enthralled as four companies gun for a market stranglehold with near identical marketing, packaging and even content.
Beverages giant Glaceau originated the concept back in 1996 with its Vitamin Water range, and after screaming to prominence in hip-hop videos (including endorsement and company shareholding by rapper 50 Cent), award ceremonies and appearances in the hands of Hollywood starlets its success has now reached $US500 million in US sales annually.