Industry Key Facts

95% of the industry’s volume produced by our Members

  • Members contribute over $7bn to the economy each year
  • Employing over 46,000 people

Beverages

Peak industry body representing the $7 billion non-alcoholic beverages industry.

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The Australian Beverages Council Limited (ABCL) is the leading peak body representing the non-alcoholic beverages industry, and the only dedicated sector representative of its kind in Australia.

The ABCL represents approximately 95 per cent of the non-alcoholic beverages industry’s production volume and our member companies are some of Australia’s largest drinks manufacturers. The ABCL also represents many micro, small and medium-sized companies across the country. Collectively, our members make a substantial $7+ billion contribution to the Australian economy each year and employ over 50,000 people across the nation. The industry also pays $1.2 billion in taxation per annum along its supply chain, and for every direct employee in the beverages manufacturing industry, there are 4.9 jobs required elsewhere in the economy to produce and retail beverages.

The ABCL strives to advance the industry as a whole, as well as successfully represent the range of beverages produced by members. These include carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, sports and electrolyte drinks, frozen drinks, bottled and packaged waters, fruit juice and fruit drinks, cordials, iced teas, ready-to-drink coffees, kombucha, flavoured milk products and flavoured plant milks.

  • Carbonated Soft Drinks

    Combination of carbonated water and flavouring, sweetened by sugar or a non-nutritive sweetener.

  • Energy Drinks

    Are functional non-alcoholic beverages designed for busy and active people who need a boost to get through the day.

  • Sport Drinks

    Are beverages designed specifically for the rapid replacement of fluid, carbohydrates, and electrolytes before, during or after exercise.

  • Water

    Bottled and packaged waters can come in still, sparkling and flavoured varieties.

  • Juice & Juice Drinks

    In Australia, 100% juice contains no added sugar or preservatives.

  • Flavoured Milk & Plant Milk

    Flavoured milk originally consisted of cow’s milk combined with sugar, flavourings and colouring.

  • Ready to Drink Tea

    Ready to drink iced tea is a form of prepared tea. A number of iced teas are currently produced and sold in Australia.

  • Ready to Drink Coffee

    These products offer the flavour and experience of an iced coffee, while at the same time providing convenience.

  • Cordial

    Is sold in a concentrated form to be mixed with water for consumption.

  • Emerging Beverages

    Members of the Australian Beverages Council are constantly innovating to offer consumers more choice.

  • Our industry supports more than 46,000 full-time jobs across Australia
  • Every 1 direct employee in the beverages manufacturing industry supports 4.9 jobs elsewhere in the economy
  • The industry contributes $7+ billion to the economy each year
Beverages

The Australian Beverages Council Limited (ABCL) is the leading peak body representing the non-alcoholic beverages…

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Carbonated Soft Drinks

Carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) are a combination of carbonated water and flavouring, sweetened by sugar…

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Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are functional non-alcoholic beverages designed for busy and active people who need a…

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Sports Drinks

Sports drinks are beverages designed specifically for the rapid supply of fluid, carbohydrates, and electrolytes…

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Water

Bottled and packaged waters can come in still, sparkling and flavoured varieties. Many consumers enjoy…

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Juice & Juice Drinks

In Australia, 100% juice contains no added sugar or preservatives. Juice drinks, however, contain less…

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Flavoured Milk & Plant Milk

Flavoured milk originally consisted of cow's milk combined with sugar, flavourings and/or colouring. Today, this…

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Ready to Drink Tea

Ready to drink iced tea is a form of prepared tea. A number of iced…

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Ready to Drink Coffee

These products offer the flavour and experience of an iced coffee, while at the same…

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Cordial

Cordial is sold in a concentrated form to be mixed with water for consumption. Many…

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Fermented Beverages

Fermented or brewed soft drinks are an expanding category in the Australian beverages industry. Fermented…

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