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23 January 2019

BSDA welcomes latest NDNS findings on soft drinks consumption

British Soft Drinks Association Director General Gavin Partington responds to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) by Public Health England, which was published today:

 “We are pleased that the latest NDNS data shows a decline of 17 percentage points in the proportion of teenagers consuming sugar-sweetened soft drinks between 2008/09 and 2016/17, along with a reduction of 13 percentage points among adults aged 19 to 64 years. That this happened before the introduction of the Government’s Soft Drinks Industry Levy highlights that soft drinks manufacturers have taken significant action to help their consumers reduce their sugar intake over the last decade.

“We are, however, concerned by the fall in fruit juice consumption between 2008/09 and 2016/17. This is pertinent given the NDNS data shows adults and teenagers are still ‘consistently’ failing to meet PHE’s recommended 5 A Day target, for which a 150ml glass of fruit juice counts as one of these portions.”