I love water. It's my only indulgence of the liquid variety. I have tasted so many brands from all over, both domestic and international. In my humble opinion, Canadian water tastes the best. Logistics, however, makes this (and water from other countries) rather expensive.
The Great Value brand is sourced differently. Until about 6 months ago, the Roaring Springs company in Pennsylvania (USA) was supplying this water. I absolutely love this water and I'll shop for it everywhere. It's about the closest thing to Canadian I have tasted. Years ago, Walmart used to carry Canadian water sourced from "Aberfoyle" Springs in Ontario, I think!! Then the Nestle company bought Aberfoyle and started using there local company in North Carolina - wow, what a difference. I stopped purchasing it. Eventually, Nestle gradually changed the waters name to "PureLife" and transitioned to purified drinking water.
I've contacted the water company directly and learned they (Roaring Springs) used to "private label" this water for Walmart, BUT there contract is over -- they say. Now, Walmart uses a company called "Crossroads". IMHO, it tastes L O U S Y. If you really have a palet for water, you will taste the difference. Roaring Springs is more minerally tasting, whereas many others have a "salty"/nasty aftertaste. If there was some way I could request the Roaring Springs brand, I would. I feel so strongly about this water that I've even driven to Pennsylvania (about 130 miles) to by cases of it. But, again, this is costly and very inconvenient. Once in a "blue moon", Roaring Springs will appear on the shelves, but it is short lived. BTW, the UPC code of the Roaring Springs water is: 078742351933. Morale of the story - be sure the source is "Roaring Springs". //d
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