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Press releases

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...

07 August 2017

Damaging Free Radicals: the hidden dangers of exercise and the possible remedy that’s already in your fridge

Exercising generates highly unstable molecules called free radicals which attack essential lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids in our body’s cells Vitamin C, found in pure orange juice, contributes to the protection of cells from oxidativ...

27 July 2017

British Dietetic Association dismisses claims that sugar consumption is linked to depression

A recent study by University College London (UCL) has claimed that British men could be making themselves anxious and depressed by consuming too much sugar. The research found that men who consumed more than 67 grams of sugar per day increa...

17 July 2017

New study on sweeteners ignores existing scientific research

This week, the University of Manitoba, Canada, released a study claiming artificial sweeteners may be associated with long-term weight gain and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. In reference to the...