Carbonated Drinks

With a market share of 38.2% in 2020, Carbonates are the largest category of soft drinks in the UK.

Low/No Calorie drinks made up 68.6% of the carbonates category in 2020, meaning that 7 in every 10 soft drinks purchased in the UK are Low/No Calorie.

Carbonates range from colas, lemonade to fruit drinks, sparkling flavoured water and shandy. Regionally, some flavours are more popular than others, such as Irn-Bru in Scotland and Vimto in North-West England.

The factor common to all carbonated drinks is they contain carbon dioxide to make them fizzy. They have been in existence since the late 18th century, when Dr Joseph Priestley discovered a means of artificially carbonating water.

Carbonates flavour split 2020

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