Australian Beverage Companies to Accelerate Sugar Reduction to 25% Across Their Portfolios

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Australian Beverage Companies to Accelerate Sugar Reduction to 25% Across Their Portfolios

THURSDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER, SYDNEY: Australia’s largest beverage companies are committed to reducing sugar in their drinks.

In 2018, Asahi Beverages, Coca-Cola South Pacific, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, and Pepsi Co Australia and New Zealand, committed to reducing sugar across their non-alcohol beverage portfolios by 20% from 2015-2025.

With more than 16% of sugar removed from their portfolios since January 2015, today, through the Australian Beverages Council Limited (ABCL), they have upgraded their target to a 25% reduction in sugar across their non-alcohol beverage portfolios from 2015-2025.

This makes it even easier for Australians to manage their sugar intake.

ABCL Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Parker said:

“Our Sugar Reduction Pledge signatories are accelerating their sugar reduction target not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because they’re ahead on their current sugar reduction targets.

“Sugar reduction is being driven by a range of initiatives, including reformulation, smaller pack sizes, and pledgees investing in more low and no sugar products to meet growing consumer demand.

“Australian consumers want less sugar and more choices, and Australian beverage companies have responded.”

Progress against the Sugar Reduction Pledge will continue to be independently aggregated annually by KPMG and a report on progress towards the sugar reduction target made public.

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The Australian Beverages Council Ltd (ABCL) is the peak body representing the non-alcoholic beverage industry. Our Membership comprises of micro, small, medium-sized and large companies. Collectively these companies produce over 95% of the industry’s volume. Our members make a substantial $7+ billion contribution to the Australian economy each year, and nationally employ over 46,000FTEs. Every one job in the industry supports 4.9 jobs in the supply chain.