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 and bottled waters.

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

 2008200920102011201220132014
Million litres 13630 13920 14520 14960 14680 14860 14790
% change -1.0 +2.1 +4.3 +3.0 -1.9 +1.2 -0.5
Litres per person 222.2 225.5 233.9 239.5 233.8 235.2 232.9
Value, £ million 12610 13000 13780 14590 15030 15510 15670
% change +0.9 +3.1 +6.0 +5.9 +3.0 +3.2 +1.0
Value per litre, £ 0.93 0.93 0.95 0.98 1.02 1.04 1.06

Source: Zenith International

UK calorie split for all soft drinks 2014

UK soft drinks sectors, 2014