Press releases

13 March 2018

Chancellor announces new environmental initiatives in Spring Statement

In his Spring Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a call for evidence on using the tax system or charges to address single-use plastic waste. The review will look broadly across the whole supply chain, from production and retail...

25 January 2018

National drinking water network launches

City to Sea has announced that it will launch a national programme to provide free drinking water for consumers on-the-go. The network will provide free water refill stations in shops, cafes, businesses and water fountains across England un...

11 January 2018

Government launches 25-Year Environment Plan

Prime Minister Theresa May has launched the Government’s 25-Year Environment Plan for England. Under the Government's plan, there will be an extension of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags to all retailers in England, supermarkets...

04 January 2018

Waitrose introduces new energy drinks policy

Waitrose has announced plans to introduce minimum age limit on sales of high-caffeine energy drinks. From 5 March 2018, customers buying caffeinated energy drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre will be asked to prove they are o...

03 January 2018

Industry responds to ban on 'sugary drinks' in hospitals

Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said:  "We fully support the aims of the NHS in providing affordable, healthy food and drink for those under its care. However, it is hard to see how a ban on soft drinks can be justified given...

22 November 2017

BSDA responds to Autumn Budget 2017

In today’s Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the Treasury will investigate how the tax system and charges on single-use plastic items can reduce waste. Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks Association, s...

26 September 2017

McDonald’s backs campaign to clean up Scotland’s roads

McDonald’s has offered its support to a national campaign to clean up Scotland’s roads. Led by environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, the initiative urges road users to take personal responsibility for their litter, encourag...

26 September 2017

BSDA invites discussion on the future of recycling at Labour Conference

The future of recycling was the topic of discussion at Monday evening’s Labour Party Fringe (25th September), hosted by the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) and the New Statesman.  The British Soft Drinks Association detail...

05 September 2017

BSDA responds to DRS announcement in Scotland

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled her legislative programme for the coming year, in which she confirmed the introduction of a deposit return scheme in Scotland for bottles and cans. Under such schemes, customers pay...

18 August 2017

Childhood Obesity Plan: One Year On

Today marks a year since the launch of the Government’s Childhood obesity: a plan for action, and the announcement of a Soft Drinks Industry Levy. Coming into effect from April 2018, the levy targets the only category in the food and dr...