Sales of soft drinks in Chile in 2004 reached a record 1.7bn litres, 4.3% above the level recorded in 2003.
 
Sales totaled $1bn in 2004. This year the industry is expecting further growth of between 5% and 6%.
 
Carbonated drinks made up 87% or 1.5bn litres of the total, while mineral water sales made up 8%. Sales of mineral water rose by 7.9% to 133m litres, while juice sales increased by 6% to 97m litres.
 
The industry expects much of this year's projected growth to come from increased sales of mineral water, juices and lower-calorie soft drinks.