• Beverage industry responds to AMA calls for a soft drinks tax

    MEDIA RELEASE 7 January, 2018 Beverage industry responds to AMA calls for a soft drinks tax The Australian Beverages Council, representing the nation’s non-alcoholic beverage industry, has today released the following statement in response to calls from the Australian Medical Association (AMA) for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages: “It’s disappointing that in 2018 with both […]

  • BEVERAGE COUNCIL PROUDLY SUPPORTS INDUSTRY

    23 October, 2017 BEVERAGE COUNCIL PROUDLY SUPPORTS INDUSTRY The Beverages Council has been a proud voice for our dynamic and vibrant industry for 70 years. A core function of representative associations is to speak on behalf of members. We proudly advocate on a number of issues in Australia including labelling, container deposit schemes and taxes […]

  • Industry opposes new tax that won’t solve obesity crisis

     19 September 2017 MEDIA RELEASE INDUSTRY OPPOSES NEW TAX THAT WON’T SOLVE OBESITY CRISIS   Australian Beverages Council CEO Geoff Parker today dismissed renewed calls for a soft drinks tax. “It’s disappointing that in 2017, the best solution being put forward to address a complex problem like obesity is taxing the household shopping,” Mr Parker […]

  • LOW-kJ SWEETENERS DEEMED SAFE BY ALL LEADING GLOBAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES

    18 July 2017   MEDIA RELEASE LOW-kJ SWEETENERS DEEMED SAFE BY ALL LEADING GLOBAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES   The CEO of the Australian Beverages Council, Geoff Parker, today dismissed claims by researchers from the University of Manitoba that low-kilojoule (low-kJ) sweeteners increased the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. “The authors of this meta-analysis provide […]

  • HEALTH LOBBY SHOULD GET SERIOUS ABOUT ADDRESSING OBESITY

    21 June 2017 MEDIA RELEASE    HEALTH LOBBY SHOULD GET SERIOUS ABOUT ADDRESSING OBESITY   Australian Beverages Council CEO Geoff Parker today dismissed a study announced by the Cancer Council claiming that a sugar tax would boost the economy and reduce obesity rates. “A sugar tax is not the solution to obesity,” Mr. Parker said. […]

  • BEVERAGE COUNCIL SAYS NANNY STATE APPROACH BY NSW HEALTH WON’T SOLVE THE PROBLEM

    8 June 2017 MEDIA RELEASE Beverages Council says nanny state approach by NSW Health won’t solve the problem The Australian Beverages Council has today responded to the announcement by NSW Health that it will phase out sugary drinks in health facilities by December of this year. “We’re disappointed that NSW Health has taken this position […]

  • 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 […]