Press releases

03 January 2018

Industry respond to ban on 'sugary drinks' in hospitals

Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said: 

"We fully support the aims of the NHS in providing affordable, healthy food and drink for those under its care. However it's hard to see how a ban on soft drinks can be justified given that the sector has led the way in reducing consumers' sugar intake - down by almost 19 percent since 2013.

"Given that the government will introduce a soft drinks tax in April (2018) it seems slightly odd that another public body wishes to duplicate this process."

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Notes to editors

  • In 2015 the soft drinks industry became the only food and drink category to set a calorie reduction target of 20% by 2020.
  • Soft drinks is the only category on target set to reach Public Health England’s 20% sugar reduction goal by 2020.
  • In addition to reformulation, industry has increased the range of portion sizes available to include smaller pack sizes; switched marketing spend to lower and no sugar products; as well as providing clear ‘front of pack’ nutrition labelling.
  • The soft drinks sector is committed to helping consumers make informed choices which is why they offer low sugar variants across the majority of product lines
  • As an industry we remain committed to working with Government to help consumers make informed choices.