Soft drinks consumption in the UK reached 14.6m litres in 2010

Soft drinks consumption in the UK reached 14.6m litres in 2010

Consumption of soft drinks in the UK last year climbed by 4.1% in volume - the fastest annual rate of growth in the last seven years, according to industry figures.

Soft drinks consumption reached 14.6m litres in 2010, data from the 2011 UK Soft Drinks Report published by the British Soft Drinks Association revealed on Tuesday (12 April). The value of the market increased by 5.8% to GBP13.8m (US$22.5m) last year.

"2010 was a year of resilience and recovery," the report noted. "Despite a long winter and tough economic conditions, the UK soft drinks market bounced back readily. Consumers remain concerned with value. Affordable, large pack sizes have helped drive growth, alongside convenience packs in the on-the-go channel."

The report revealed a 4.9% volume increase in the consumption of carbonates, dilutables volume growth of 4.5%, and a 3.1% rise in the consumption of fruit juice and smoothies.

However, it was sports and energy drinks that climbed the most, with 13.1% and 12.8% volume growth respectively.

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