Carbonated Drinks

Carbonates are the largest category of soft drinks in the UK, with a market share of 38%, covering products from colas, lemonade and flavoured waters, to mixers and shandy. 

Low- and no-calorie drinks make up 53% of the category, with a further 8% being mid-calorie.

The factor common to all carbonated drinks is they contain carbon dioxide to make them fizzy. They have been in existence since the late 18th century, when Dr Joseph Priestley discovered a means of artificially carbonating water.

The products range from colas, lemonade to fruit drinks, sparkling flavoured water and shandy. Regionally, some flavours are more popular than others, such as Irn-Bru in Scotland and Vimto in North-West England.

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% Split by Flavour, 2017

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