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

 201020112012201320142015
Million litres 13220 13422 13247 13354 13279 13253
% change +1.8 +1.5 -1.3 +0.8 -0.6 -0.2
Litres per person 210.6 212.0 208.0 208.2 205.5 203.6
Value, £ million 11905 12568 12844 13320 13624 13986
% change +4.0 +5.6 +2.2 +3.7 +2.3 +2.7
Value per capia, £ 190 199 202 208 211 215

Source: Canadean, 2016

UK calorie split for all soft drinks 2015

UK soft drinks sectors, 2015