• ARTIFICIAL LINK BETWEEN DEMENTIA AND DIET DRINKS

    21 April 2017  MEDIA RELEASE ARTIFICIAL LINK BETWEEN DEMENTIA AND DIET DRINKS The CEO of the Australian Beverages Council, Geoff Parker, today dismissed claims that artificial sweeteners in soft drinks increase the risk of suffering dementia: “The link between dementia and diet drinks is completely artificial,” Geoff Parker said. “Even the authors of this study […]

  • NEW FOOD AND DRINK TAXES NOT THE SOLUTION TO OBESITY

    15 February, 2017 MEDIA RELEASE Australian Beverages Council CEO Geoff Parker today dismissed a study from the University of Melbourne calling for the taxation of fat, salt and sugar in a huge range of food and drink products, as a means to address the nation’s expanding waistline. “This latest study is beyond belief,” Geoff Parker […]

  • ANOMALOUS CALLS FOR ENERGY DRINK RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE DISREGARDED

    Australian Beverages Council CEO Geoff Parker today urged the public to disregard calls by two researchers from the University of Notre Dame’s School of Law to ban or restrict the sale of energy drinks to children. “When it comes to energy drinks, Australia has some of the toughest regulations in the world,” Mr. Parker said. […]

  • INDUSTRY SEEKS CONSTRUCTIVE RESPONSE TO OBESITY

      MEDIA RELEASE 23 November 2016 INDUSTRY SEEKS CONSTRUCTIVE RESPONSE TO OBESITY The Australian retail, farming, grocery and beverage sectors contribute more than $311bn to the economy each year, and account for approximately 15% of the total workforce in Australia. Our industries understand that obesity is a public health problem in Australia, and that it […]

  • BEVERAGE INDUSTRY REJECTS CALLS FOR A SUGAR TAX

    Australian Beverages Council CEO, Geoff Parker, today rejected calls from the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges for the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. “It’s disappointing that the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges have called for a discriminatory tax that evidence clearly shows will not improve public health whatsoever,” Mr. Parker said. […]

  • The Role of Beverages in the Australian Diet

    NEW REPORT & INFOGRAPHICS: The role of beverages in the Australian diet   To understand the role of non-dairy, non-alcoholic beverages in the diet of Australians, a secondary analysis of the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (2011-12) (part of the Australian Health Survey) was commissioned by the Australian Beverages Council and undertaken by the […]

  • University price hike modelling to reduce soft drink consumption ignores real life

    12 August 2016   MEDIA RELEASE   University price hike modelling to reduce soft drink consumption ignores real life   Responding to a recent study from the University of Melbourne suggesting an increase in soft drink prices would result in reduced consumption, Australian Beverages Council CEO, Geoff Parker said; “A price hike on soft drinks […]

  • Proposed Energy Drink bans not supported by the evidence

    3 August 2016 MEDIA RELEASE Proposed Energy Drink bans not supported by the evidence  The Australian Beverages Council, representing the local energy drinks industry, has today rejected calls for age restrictions and potential taxes on energy drinks following a statement released by AMA President Dr Gannon. “Restricting the sale of energy drinks or other potential […]

  • Energy Drinks bans unnecessary, unwarranted and not supported by the evidence

    21 July 2016 MEDIA RELEASE Energy drink bans unnecessary, unwarranted and not supported by the evidence The Australian Beverages Council, representing the local energy drinks industry, has today rejected calls for age restrictions on the purchase of energy drinks that appeared in a recent article on www.news.com. “Restricting energy drinks to under 16 years is […]

  • Soft drink tax an ineffective solution to obesity in Australia

    Media Statement 22 June, 2016 Soft drink tax an ineffective solution to obesity in Australia Responding to the announcement from the Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale regarding a policy proposal for the introduction of a tax on soft drinks, Australian Beverages Council CEO, Geoff Parker said; “We are disappointed by the extremely simplistic approach […]