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Acqua minerale di Sangemini: the Italian mineral water industry finds a place at the table

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Water is an important part of most Italian meals, and Italians are amongst the largest consumers of bottled mineral water in Europe. This article looks at the development of the mineral water industry in Italy from the nineteenth century to present by focusing on the case of Sangemini mineral water from Umbria, Italy. In particular, this article looks at how medical findings became part of a popular hygiene and health discourse that was central to developing a market for mineral water in Italy. Contrary to other international markets, bottled mineral water is still consumed in Italy for its health and nutritional benefits today.

Keywords: Mineral water; Sangemini; Umbria; bottled water; hydrotherapy; non-alcoholic beverages

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Universita di Scienze Gastronomiche,

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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