Press releases

20 June 2018

Industry responds to carbon dioxide shortage

There is currently a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe due to the closure of several CO2 production sites, for various reasons including maintenance and refurbishment. Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks As...

15 June 2018

We all have a role to play in helping to tackle childhood obesity

According to a recent survey by Public Health England, children will have consumed more than double the maximum recommendation for sugar by the end of the year.  Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks Association, co...

22 May 2018

Soft drinks industry leads the way in PHE’s Sugar Reduction report

Public Health England (PHE) has today published its Year One progress report for its sugar reduction and wider reformulation programme. In the Government’s ‘Childhood obesity: A plan for action’, published in August 2016...

11 May 2018

UK advertising rules already among the strictest in the world

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today published a consultation into the draft London Food Strategy. As part of wider measures to take on childhood obesity, the draft plan includes proposals to ban advertising of food and drink high in fat, suga...

09 May 2018

BSDA reiterates importance of dispense hygiene

Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 and parallel legislation for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales demand that we dispense clean and safe drinks. The product must be: Not contaminated with any foreign materials, chemicals or mic...

05 April 2018

No evidence to suggest tax will reduce obesity

Whilst we recognise health issues associated with obesity are a serious matter, it’s important to note that obesity is a complex issue with a number of factors and there is no evidence to suggest a tax will reduce obesity. As an indus...

29 March 2018

Government plans deposit return scheme

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, confirmed plans to introduce a deposit return scheme for single use drinks containers. Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks Association, commented in response to the announcement: ...

23 March 2018

Industry respond to Nutrient Profile Model review

BSDA’s response to PHE's review of the UK Nutrient Profiling Model (NPM) Consultation. Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks Association, commented:  "Given that PHE continue to recommend 150ml of fruit j...

16 March 2018

Latest Government data shows a 15% reduction in sugar intake from soft drinks, by children

BSDA’s response to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey by Public Health England published today. Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said: “We welcome the news from today’s NDNS data showing sugar intake from...

15 March 2018

BSDA stands by the safety of bottled water

Orb Media, a non-profit news organisation based in Washington, DC, has tested 259 bottles of packaged water from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas for the presence of plastic contaminants. Research was carried out at the State University of...