About Soft Drinks

Consumers are always looking for new tastes and formats for soft drinks, and therefore, innovation is the key to success. For this reason, the soft drinks sector plays host to some of the most innovative and dynamic industries in food and drink manufacturing.

The main categories of soft drink products are carbonates, fruit juices, dilutables, still & juice drinks, bottled waters and sports & energy drinks.

Health issues and changing lifestyles have influenced shifts in UK consumption, most significantly a shift from regular to no-, low- and mid-calorie variants.

Industry Terms
Low- & no-calorie: 0-20 kcal per 100ml*
Mid-calorie: 21-30 kcal per 100ml
Regular: 31 and above kcal per 100ml

*Nutrition Claims Annex of Regulation (EC) 1924/2066

 201320142015201620172018
Million litres 13,474 13,414 13,401 13,569 13,540 14,064
% change 0.7 -0.4 -0.1 1.3 -0.2 3.9
Litres per person 210.2 207.7 205.8 206.9 205.1 211.5
Value, £ million 14,105 14,335 14,169 14,310 14,949 16,234
% change 3.8 1.6 -1.2 1.0 4.5 8.6
Value per capita, £ 220.0 221.9 217.6 218.2 226 244

Source: Global Data, 2019

UK calorie split for all soft drinks 2018

UK soft drinks sectors, 2018