Press releases

18 December 2018

Major-chain coffees can contain more caffeine than energy drinks

A number of news outlets are linking energy drink consumption to a rise in rates of arrhythmia. Gavin Partington, Director General at the British Soft Drinks Association, said: “The European Food Safety Authority confirms th...

12 December 2018

BSDA welcomes committee's energy drinks findings

The government's Science and Technology Committee has concluded there is not enough scientific evidence to warrant a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children. It did, however, suggest "societal concerns and evidence" coul...

20 June 2018

Industry responds to carbon dioxide shortage

There is currently a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe due to the closure of several CO2 production sites, for various reasons including maintenance and refurbishment. Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks As...

15 June 2018

We all have a role to play in helping tackle childhood obesity

According to a recent survey by Public Health England (PHE), children will have consumed more than double the maximum recommendation for sugar by the end of the year.  Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks Associati...

22 May 2018

Soft drinks industry leads the way in PHE’s Sugar Reduction report

Public Health England (PHE) has today published its Year One progress report for its sugar reduction and wider reformulation programme. In the Government’s ‘Childhood obesity: A plan for action’, published in August 2016...

11 May 2018

UK advertising rules already among the strictest in the world

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has published a consultation into the draft London Food Strategy. As part of wider measures to take on childhood obesity, the draft plan includes proposals to ban advertising of food and drink high in fat, sugar and...

09 May 2018

BSDA reiterates importance of dispense hygiene

Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 and parallel legislation for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales demand that we dispense clean and safe drinks. The product must be: Not contaminated with any foreign materials, chemicals or mic...

05 April 2018

No evidence to suggest tax will reduce obesity

While the British Soft Drinks Association recognises health issues associated with obesity are a serious matter, it is important to note that obesity is a complex issue with a number of factors. There is no evidence to suggest a tax will reduce...

29 March 2018

Government plans deposit return scheme

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed plans to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) for single-use drinks containers. In response to the announcement, Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks Association, said...

23 March 2018

Industry responds to Nutrient Profile Model review

Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks Association, has responded to Public Health England's review of the UK Nutrient Profiling Model (NPM) Consultation. He said: "Given that PHE continue to recommend 150ml of fruit juic...