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20 February 2016

The sugar content of all soft drinks is clearly stated on the label

BSDA responds to the Local Government Association’s call for teaspoon labels on carbonated soft drinks

Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, said:

“Full nutritional labelling, including sugar content, is on the pack of all soft drinks so parents can make an informed choice about the products their families are drinking.

“It would be more helpful to consumers if they are able to view the full nutritional content of all food and drink, at restaurants and cafes in particular, to give them a clearer understanding of everything they’re eating and drinking and improve the choices they make.”

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Notes to editors

  • According to Government NDNS data published in 2014 soft drinks account for 3% of calories in the average UK diet.
  • The Defra Family Food Survey (Dec 2015) shows that purchases of regular soft drinks fell by 32% between 2010 and 2014, whilst low calorie drinks purchases increased by more than a third.
  • The majority (57%) of soft drinks now sold in the UK are low and no calorie including nearly half (49%) of all carbonates.
  • Soft drinks contributed 8.8% of household sugar consumption in 2015, down from 10.1% in 2011. (Kantar Worldpanel, 2015)