• 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 […]

  • Hospital soft drink ban a misguided measure that provides no solution

    18 May, 2016 Hospital soft drink ban a misguided measure that provides no solution Responding to calls from the NSW Labor Party to ban soft drinks from hospitals across New South Wales, Australian Beverages Council CEO, Geoff Parker said; “We’d like to support comments from the NSW Nursing and Midwives Association stating a widespread ban […]

  • Australian beverages industry responds to the Federal Budget 2016

    5 May 2016 Media Statement Australian beverages industry responds to the Federal Budget 2016 Following this week’s Budget announcement by Treasurer Scott Morrison, the Beverages Council has praised the Turnbull Government for delivering a budget that supports small and medium businesses in Australia as being at the nation’s heart of future prosperity. “This week’s budget, […]

  • HOW AUSTRALIANS REALLY CONSUME SOFT DRINK

    28 April, 2016 HOW AUSTRALIANS REALLY CONSUME SOFT DRINKS Responding to the release of the Added Sugars Report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australian Beverages Council CEO, Geoff Parker said; “With respect to the contribution of added sugars from drinks, it’s important to consider the way Australians are consuming beverages has been changing […]

  • Soft drink tax will not solve complex issue of obesity in Australia

    Media Statement 14 April, 2016 Soft drink tax will not solve complex issue of obesity in Australia Responding to research from the Obesity Policy Coalition and Queensland University on the benefits of a local soft drink tax, Australian Beverages Council CEO, Geoff Parker said; “It is ignorant to implement a tax on soft drinks alone, […]