Press releases

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...

10 October 2019

Dame Sally Davies report fails to offer conclusive evidence

The following statement was sent to media on behalf of the British Soft Drinks Association in response to Dame Sally Davies’ report: “Measures designed to increase physical activity and promote parental responsibility have long...

20 September 2019

Soft drinks industry has long track record of sugar reduction work

British Soft Drinks Association statement in response to Public Health England second year progress report on its sugar reduction and reformulation programme, which was released today (20 September). BSDA Director-General, Gavin Partin...

12 September 2019

Well-designed DRS will support reuse of materials as new packaging

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee has called for Government to focus on reducing all single-use packaging in its latest report. The committee also stated its support for Government proposals to improve the recycling r...

03 September 2019

New study does not provide evidence of cause

A new study reports a possible association between higher consumption of soft drinks and an increased risk of mortality. Gavin Partington, British Soft Drinks Association Director General, said: "This study does not provide evidence of caus...

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: "Energy drinks and their ingredients have been deemed safe by reg...