• SOFT DRINK TAX: an exercise in futility

    Media Statement 17 March, 2016 SOFT DRINK TAX: an exercise in futility Responding to the announcement from the UK government to introduce a soft drink tax, Australian Beverages Council CEO, Geoff Parker said; “This tax is yet another step in the wrong direction to end the global obesity epidemic. It is absurd to think this […]

  • Industry rejects unsafe claims of energy drinks by University of Adelaide

    Media Release 3 February 2016 Industry rejects unsafe claims of energy drinks by University of Adelaide The Australian Beverages Council, representing the local energy drinks industry, has today questioned the claims from a recent University of Adelaide study suggesting energy drinks are some unique contributor to hospital admissions. “Whilst the industry notes the survey size […]

  • A SOFT DRINK TAX WILL NOT FIX AUSTRALIA’S PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM

    MEDIA RELEASE 22 December, 2015 A SOFT DRINK TAX WILL NOT FIX AUSTRALIA’S PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM A recent report calling on a sugar tax to be introduced in Australia fails to address the fundamental issues, says the Australian Beverages Council. The report, Overweight, obesity and cardiovascular disease – past, present and future, released by The […]

  • Linking sugar-sweetened beverages and heart failure is ill-informed

    Media Statement 30 October, 2015 Linking sugar-sweetened beverages and heart failure is ill-informed Responding to research published in the journal Heart, linking the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks to an increased risk of heart failure, Australian Beverages Council CEO, Geoff Parker, states: “Linking the consumption of any one food or beverage to heart failure is extremely […]

  • YMCA Victoria Sugary Drink Forum Response

    Media Statement 29 October, 2015 Sugary Drink Forum misses key issues of obesity Responding to news following today’s Sugary Drink Forum, which targets soft drink consumption, Geoff Parker, Australian Beverages Council CEO, states: “Continuing to widely decree soft drinks as the primary cause of obesity is an active distortion of the health landscape in Australia. […]

  • Sugar restriction: The need for a common sense approach

    MEDIA STATEMENT 27 October, 2015 Sugar restriction: The need for a common sense approach The Australian Beverages Council has responded to calls from Robert Lustig to restrict children’s sugar intake, following his study which investigated a possible link between sugar consumption and metabolic syndrome. Geoff Parker, CEO of the Beverages Council says: “What is important […]

  • NEW AUSTRALIAN DATA SHOWS CONSUMPTION OF SOFT DRINKS IS IN DECLINE

    Media Statement 16 October, 2015 NEW AUSTRALIAN DATA SHOWS CONSUMPTION OF SOFT DRINKS IS IN DECLINE New figures released today by the ABS shows consumption of soft drinks continues to decline. Geoff Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Beverages Council says: “The ABS data released today very clearly shows that the way Australians are consuming beverages […]

  • New campaign against soft drinks fails to tackle real health challenges

    Media Statement 9 October, 2015 New campaign against soft drinks fails to tackle real health challenges Responding to the ‘Rethink Sugary Drink’ campaign, which targets sugar-sweetened drink consumption and its purported impact on health, Geoff Parker, Australian Beverages Council CEO, states: “Continuing to vilify soft drinks as a leading cause of obesity is distorting the […]

  • Industry slams calls for age restrictions on energy drinks

    Media Release 6 October 2015  Industry slams calls for age restrictions on energy drinks The Australian Beverages Council, representing the local energy drinks industry, has today slammed the latest calls for age restrictions on the purchase of energy drinks that appeared in a recent article on The Conversation website. “The industry outright rejects calls for […]

  • Sugar Reduction Targets: Unnecessary and unwarranted

    MEDIA STATEMENT 1 October, 2015 Sugar Reduction Targets: Unnecessary and unwarranted The Australian Beverages Council has responded to calls from Action on Sugar for drinks manufacturers to set sugar reductions on soft drinks, following research on the levels of free sugars found in soft drinks globally. Geoff Parker, CEO of the Beverages Council says: “Calls […]