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23 July 2019

BSDA welcomes sensible Government approach to energy drinks

The UK Government has announced a ban of the sale of energy drinks to children aged 16 and under. British Soft Drinks Association Director-General Gavin Partington said: “The BSDA has consistently supported the ban on the sale of...

22 July 2019

BSDA challenges 'committed critic' of aspartame

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has challenged the veracity of new research which claims that the European Food Safety Authority giving a clean bill of health to aspartame was seriously flawed.  Professor Erik Millstone and...

16 July 2019

Gove is right to support 'all-in' DRS – but GB-wide scheme is a must

UK Government Environment Secretary Michael Gove today (16 July) declared his support for a deposit return scheme (DRS) covering all sizes of drinks cans and bottles. In response, British Soft Drinks Association Director-General Gavin...

10 July 2019

Soft drinks study published by BMJ gives no evidence of cause

A study published by The British Medical Journal reports a possible association between higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and an increased risk of cancer. In response, British Soft Drinks Association director-general Gavi...

14 June 2019

BSDA reacts to schools' fruit juice ban

British Soft Drinks Association director general Gavin Partington responds to fruit juice and smoothies being banned in primary and secondary schools in Scotland: “Scottish children (those aged between 11 and 18) are consuming on aver...

14 June 2019

BSDA co-hosted event toasts Wales' best food and drink

Leading politicians in Wales toasted the success of the principality’s food and drink sector at a special event co-hosted by the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). The ‘Celebrating We...

28 May 2019

BSDA responds to NHS Scotland energy drinks ban

The NHS has banned the sale of energy drinks to children in Scottish hospitals. Shops within hospitals will not be permitted to sell the drinks to anyone under the age of 16. The ban applies to drinks with an added caffeine content of more...

20 May 2019

New fruit juice research is misleading

A new study suggests higher consumption of sugary beverages, including fruit juice, is associated with increased mortality. Gavin Partington, director-general of the British Soft Drinks Association, said: “This study is inconclus...

08 May 2019

BSDA responds to unveiling of Scottish DRS proposals

British Soft Drinks Association director-general Gavin Partington responds to the Scottish Government outlining its proposals for a deposit return scheme (DRS): “We welcome the Scottish Government’s acknowledgement of the r...

03 April 2019

BSDA-backed litter campaign triumphs

Following a British Soft Drinks Association-backed campaign, the Scottish Government has vowed to clamp down on roadside litter.  New legislation will see vehicle owners being held accountable for littering, with number plate reco...