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

 2010201120122013201420152016
Million litres  13,238 13,503 13,321   13,431  13,358  13,346  13,522
% change 1.8 1.7   -1.4  0.8  -0.5  -0.1  1.3
Litres per person  211.6  213.4 209.1   209.5  206.8  205  206
Value, £ million  12,047  12,694  12,971  13,465  13,655  13,710  13,801
% change  4.1  5.4  2.2  3.8  1.4  0.4  0.7
Value per capia, £  192.0  200.6  203.6  210  2114.4  210.6  210.5

Source: Global Data, 2017

UK calorie split for all soft drinks 2016

UK soft drinks sectors, 2016