Press releases

21 April 2017

It makes sense to promote sales of healthier options in hospitals but not to focus on soft drinks

Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said:  “It makes sense to promote sales of healthier options in hospitals but not to focus on soft drinks, the only food and drink category which has seen a significant reduction in consum...

11 April 2017

Soft drinks industry welcomes National LItter Strategy

Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said: “We welcome the Government’s National Litter Strategy. "As an industry we want to work with the Government to deliver it, which is why we are currently reviewing what steps the...

08 March 2017

BSDA responds to Spring Budget 2017

Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said: “Given current increases in cost of goods, we're surprised the Treasury wishes to put more pressure on businesses and raise prices for hard-pressed consumers. “It's also ironic...

09 September 2016

Latest Government data shows 8% reduction in sugar intake from soft drinks

BSDA’s response to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey by Public Health England published today. Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said: “We are pleased that the latest NDNS data shows a decline of over...

17 August 2016

BSDA's response to the Soft Drinks Tax Consultation and the Childhood Obesity Strategy

BSDA’s response to the Government’s Soft Drinks Tax Consultation and the Childhood Obesity Strategy Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said: “Given the economic uncertainty our country now faces we’re disa...

08 August 2016

Oxford Economics: Cost of saving only 5 kcals per day risks over 4,000 jobs

New report shows we will barely reduce calorie intake from soft drinks tax but will risk thousands of jobs and millions of pounds of investment New data by global forecasting experts, Oxford Economics, shows the soft drinks tax proposed by...

09 May 2016

Sugar intake from soft drinks is falling year on year

BSDA responds to public health campaign in Liverpool Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said: “If this were a genuine education campaign to reduce sugar intake then surely it would look at all sources of sugar consumption and no...

16 March 2016

Response to the proposed Soft Drinks Levy

NEWS RELEASE Gavin Partington, Director General, BSDA comments: “We are extremely disappointed by the Government’s decision to hit the only category in the food and drink sector which has consistently reduced sugar intake i...

20 February 2016

The sugar content of all soft drinks is clearly stated on the label

BSDA responds to the Local Government Association’s call for teaspoon labels on carbonated soft drinks Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said: “Full nutritional labelling, including sugar content, is on the pack of al...

19 February 2016

This hypothetical study ignores real-world evidence

BSDA responds to Cancer Research UK and UK Health Forum’s modelling study on a soft drinks tax Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said: “The hypothetical claims made in this modelling study run contrary to real-world...