Press releases

17 September 2021

BSDA statement on CO2 supply

"Any local shortage of CO2 risks impacting a wide range of businesses across the food and drink sector. "Drinks producers in the UK are monitoring the current situation and have plans in place to help maintain their service to customers includi...

08 September 2021

BSDA calls on Scottish Govt to consider challenges with DRS deadline

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) strongly supports the introduction of a well-designed deposit return scheme (DRS) for beverage containers up to 3 litres in size. The introduction of such a scheme is a vitally important mechanism...

02 September 2021

BSDA supporting Recycle Week 2021

The British Soft Drinks Association is supporting this year's Recycle Week as a donor, with our contribution directly helping to fund activity to inspire citizens to engage with recycling. Now in its 18th year, Recycle Week sees retailers...

10 August 2021

Summertime and the drinking is easy... and healthy

Lower-sugar makeovers with one simple ingredient that will make refreshing summer beverages even sweeter When the weather heats up, we often relax into summertime drinking with family and friends. Whilst there’s nothing like sipping a c...

24 June 2021

Britvic MD Paul Graham elected as new BSDA President

Paul Graham, GB Managing Director at Britvic, has been appointed as the new President of the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) trade body following election at its AGM. Paul takes over from Nichols CEO Dr Marnie Millard OBE, who led a...

10 June 2021

BSDA urges HMRC to confirm VAT-exempt status of DRS deposits

As it stands, HMRC is yet to confirm that it will not charge VAT on bottle deposits collected as part of deposit return schemes operating in the UK. The BSDA – along with the wider UK drinks industry and retail sector – bel...

07 May 2021

Bowel cancer study coverage masks flaws

Heavy consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks may raise the risk of developing bowel cancer before the age of 50, a new study has claimed. Researchers analysed dietary and medical records of more than 95,000 women tracked from 1991 to 2015 a...

04 May 2021

Soft drinks are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet

A new systematic review/meta-analysis claims that high consumption of both sugar-sweetened and artificially-sweetened soft drinks “shows significant associations with a higher risk of CVD mortality and all-cause mortality.” ...

16 April 2021

Energy drinks legally required to declare 'High Caffeine Content'

A new BMJ Case Report looking at a case of "severe biventricular heart failure potentially related to excessive energy drink consumption in a 21-year-old man" has received widespread media coverage. As the study authors themselves note...

07 April 2021

BSDA teams up with FDF Cymru to flag priority areas for new Welsh Govt

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has partnered with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Cymru to launch what we see as the key priorities for the next Welsh Government. Together, we are calling on the new administration to ch...