There is no treatment of bottled water in Portugal. All the Portuguese bottles of water on sale are 100% natural. The same does not happen in some countries. Unlike other natural resources or raw materials, subterranean water exists in the whole world. The possibility of being taken out varies a lot from local to local, depending on the conditions of rain and distribution of aquifers. Generally, subterranean water is only renewed in a certain time of the year but it can be taken out during the all year. As long as its restocking is appropriate and that the source is protected from pollution, subterranean water can be taken out indefinitely. Having several catchments of streams from north to south, Portugal gives to its consumers several brands of table, bottled and gasified water.
Acidity, heaviness, mineralization and quantity of salt are some of the features that distinguish bottled water from the one we find on our table. All the mineral water is unique and Portugal is proud of having some brands of this unique water.
The production of beer in Portugal has traditions and the first historical reference to a factory places it at Campo Grande in 1689. But it is in the XIX century, more precisely in 1819 that the ‘Introducing notes to the know-how of beer in Geneve’ are published, where the beer consumption of Real Fábrica was recommended. At the end of that century, several units of beer production already existed in the Islands, in the Factory of Beers, Fizzy Drinks João Melo Abreu in Azores and the Atlantic Factory of Miles English family in Madeira, as well as in the North of Portugal where there were several units of beer production and fizzy drinks.
At the end of XIX century it was possible to find ten beer factories in the continent. Nowadays, the beer production in Portugal is distributed from North to South, Madeira (Funchal) and Azores (Ponta Delagada). The Portuguese beer sector is technologically advanced, has the best available techniques, has the tradition of training its beer experts in the best European Universities and produces a beer of quality in the whole world, exporting about 18% of its production. The increase in exports shows the dynamism of the Portuguese beer sector, which has the following most relevant features: to present resources technically advanced, to be a constant innovation in the creation of new products and in the choice that it presents to the consumer, to be a competitive market that encourages that constant innovation and the existence of strong brands in Portugal and abroad.