Average per capita soft drinks consumption in the Czech Republic fell in 2004, for the first time since 1993, according to data published by the Czech Soft Drinks Producers' Association.

Per capita consumption stood at 275 litres in 2004, down by nearly 2.0 litres from the previous year. The decline was attributed to the cool weather in the summer months of 2004.

Soft drinks consumption in the Czech Republic is among the highest of European countries. The Czech Soft Drinks Producers' Association forecasts that per capita consumption will increase again in 2005.