About Soft Drinks

Consumers are always looking for new tastes and formats for soft drinks therefore, innovation is the key to success. For this reason, the soft drinks sector is one of the most fast-moving and dynamic industries in the food and drink manufacturing.

The main categories of soft drink products are carbonates, fruit juices, dilutables, still and juice drinks, bottled waters and sports and energy drinks.

Health issues and changing lifestyles have influenced shifts in UK consumption, most significantly a shift from regular to low, no and mid calorie variants.

Industry Terms
Low & no calorie: 0-20 kcal per 100ml*
Mid calorie: 21-30 kcal per 100ml
Regular: 31 and above kcal per 100ml

*Nutrition Claims Annex of Regulation (EC) 1924/2066

 2011201220132014201520162017
Million litres  13,564 13,385 13,474  13,414  13,402  13,569  13,540
% change 1.5 -1.3 0.7 -0.4 -0.1 1.3 -0.2
Litres per person  214.3 210.1 210.2 207.7 205.8 206.9 205.1
Value, £ million  14,114 14,474 15,090 15,424 15,317 15,552 15,737
% change  5.2 2.5 4.3 2.2 -0.7 1.5 1.2
Value per capia, £  223.0 227.2 235.4 238.8 235.2 237.2 238.3

Source: Global Data, 2018

UK calorie split for all soft drinks 2017

UK soft drinks sectors, 2017