Danone Spain is to merge its flagship bottled water brands Font Vella and Aguas de Lanjaron.

"The legal process has begun to merge these two brands," a spokesperson told just-drinks today (9 May), without providing more details about the upcoming merger process. "We will disclose more information when the deal is completed," she added.

Font Vella and Lanjaron control 26.7% of Spain's fast-growing bottled water market, according to local market researcher Alimarket.  The two brand's combined sales totalled EUR292m (US$371.6m) last year, up 5% from 2004, the researcher said. According to ACNielsen, Spain's bottled water sales totalled EUR1.6bn in 2005, up 10% from 2004.

The spokeperson confirmed that Font Vella and Lanjaron had been managed by the same Barcelona-based executive team since 1997.  Apart from Font Vella and Lanjaron, Danone sells other sparkling and aromatic bottled trademarks Fonter, Fonteforte and Vivaris in Spain.