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Press releases

14 May 2020

Juice study findings built on flimsy foundations

A study of more than 100,00 women claims to have found that drinking one or more sugar-sweetened fruit drinks a day increases the risk of cardiovascular disease by 42%. In response, a British Fruit Juice Association spokesperson said:...

16 March 2020

BSDA welcomes amended timetable launch for Scottish DRS

The regulations for the introduction of a deposit return scheme in Scotland have been introduced. In response, British Soft Drinks Association director general Gavin Partington, said: “As strong supporters of a well-designed Depo...

30 January 2020

BSDA welcomes UK Govt commitment to DRS

The Environment Bill has been reintroduced to Parliament with new powers to boost the UK's domestic recycling system, including powers to create a deposit return scheme for drinks containers. The bill was first introduced in Octob...

30 January 2020

Latest figures encapsulate soft drinks sugar reduction work

The soft drinks sector has been reducing sugar content in its products for many years – and the latest figures for the four-year period ending 29 December 2019 show that sugar consumption from soft drinks fell by 30.3% (Kantar Worldpanel)....

29 January 2020

BSDA challenges study's marketing and caffeine claims on energy drinks

A new study has questioned the dangers of excessive energy drink consumption, and also called into question the "powerful marketing" by energy drink brands. In response, British Soft Drinks Association Director General Gavin Parti...

20 January 2020

The soft drinks take on Sugar Awareness Week

Sugar Awareness Week was launched today (20 January) by the campaign group Action on Sugar. It is described as an opportunity to celebrate the success of food industry, government and NGOs in removing sugar from food and drink items, a...

15 January 2020

Soft drinks companies made big sugar reduction strides pre-levy

A new Oxford University claims that sustained pressure on business, including using fiscal measures, led to a striking reduction in the sugar content of soft drinks in the UK between 2015 and 2018. In response, British Soft Drinks...

10 December 2019

BSDA urges Scottish Government to abide by DRS advice

Members of the Scottish Parliament's environment, climate change and land reform committee have released a report packed with recommendations for the Scottish Government and its proposed deposit return scheme. In response, British Soft Drin...

31 October 2019

Scottish Government launches energy drinks consultation

Scottish Government is consulting on the possibility of introducing a ban on energy drinks for under 16s. The British Soft Drinks Association view on the matters is as follows: "Energy drinks and their ingredients have been deemed safe...

15 October 2019

Soft drinks industry welcomes Environment Bill announcement

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers today (15 October) discussed plans for the upcoming Environment Bill with a keynote speech at London Wetlands Centre. The bill paves the way for the introduction of a deposit return scheme (DRS) i...