French seawater a tonic for Asian health market

Water taken from 300 metres has few of the bacteria and marine organisms found in seawater nearer the surface

A former Russian ferry has been refitted as a mobile bottling plant to supply deep-sourced seawater to the Asian health tonic market.

The ship sucks up seawater from a depth of 300 metres off the French Mediterranean coast.

The water, branded Odeep and sold in 600ml bottles, is proving popular as a health drink in Asia, with most of its sales in Japan and China.

Sales are growing in France, too, with the water increasingly found in specialist wine caves and high-end ...

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