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24/7 Wall St.: America's Oldest Brands

7. Poland Spring Water

Industry: Beverage

Year launched: 1845

Though people tend to think bottled water is a relatively new product, Poland Spring proves them wrong. More than 150 years ago, In 1845, the Ricker family began bottling and selling spring water. By 1860, Poland Spring was being sold all over the country. Driving the brand’s early fame was its affiliation with the Poland Springs Resort and its purported health benefits. The brand remains as popular as ever: Poland Spring was named the strongest bottled water brand in 2012 by the Harris Poll EquiTrend study.

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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