Press Releases

The European soft drinks sector has achieved a 17.7% reduction in average added sugars since 2015

Just one year after releasing ambitious new health and nutrition commitments, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe announces that the European soft drinks sector has delivered a further 3.6% reduction in average added sugars between 2019 and 2021.

Efficient waste collection schemes, closed-loop recycling and access to recycled content are crucial to accelerating the transition to a circular economy in Europe

Europe’s non-alcoholic beverage industry, represented by the European Fruit Juice Association (AIJN), Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE) and UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, together with leading NGOs, including Changing Markets Foundation and Zero Waste Europe, call on EU decision-makers to create the right enabling policy framework to help accelerate the transition to a circular economy in Europe.

PET packaging moving steadily towards circularity

New data for collection, recycling capacity and production for 2020 show increases in all measured factors, indicating a steady move towards circularity of the PET industry in Europe. Major growth is observed, in particular, within the PET recycling market, with an overall 21% increase in the installed capacity and totalling 2.8mt in EU27+3.

PET Bottles: From recyclability to circularity

Following the numerous commitments of the industry players to increase uptake of recycled plastics, including the new mandatory target of 25% in PET bottles by 2025, the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) and RecyClass decided to join efforts to further support the value chain actors in making the right design decisions in PET bottle production so that its recyclability, and therefore, circularity is guaranteed.

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe partners with the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation to support aspiring artists

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe signed a partnership agreement with the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation to support six musicians with an opportunity to produce original music video and perform concerts in 2022. This will be part of the Foundation’s www.concertwithyou.com initiative, a streaming concert platform that allows artists to share their music and engage with the public.

Capri-Sun joins UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe

Today, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe announced that Capri-Sun has joined its association, becoming its 10th corporate member. This brings UNESDA’s membership total to 33 members with 10 companies and 23 national associations.

Nicholas Hodac, Director General of UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, has been appointed Vice President of the International Council of Beverages Associations (ICBA)

Nicholas Hodac has been appointed Vice President of the International Council of Beverage Associations (ICBA), an international nongovernmental organisation that represents the interests of the global non-alcoholic beverage industry.

Nicholas Hodac, Director General of UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, highlights the main challenges and needs of the soft drinks sector at the Strategic Forum of the Slovenian Beverage Sector in Portorož

On 19 October, UNESDA’s member association Gospodarska zbornica Slovenije (GZS) organised a Strategic Forum of the Slovenian Beverage Sector in the Slovenian city of Portorož. The event brought together national ministers and the heads of European associations representing soft drinks, natural mineral waters, winemakers and brewers with the aim of debating the main challenges and

UNESDA responds to an EU consultation on a roadmap on the EU environmental law implementation review

UNESDA, jointly with Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE) and the European Fruit Juice Association (AIJN), responded to the European Commission’s consultation on a roadmap on the EU environmental law implementation review. UNESDA’s comments focus on specific aspects of waste and packaging legislation, including the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics Directive. We raised concerns about an

It’s time to acknowledge the role of Deposit Refund Systems (DRS) in achieving a Circular Economy for beverage packaging in the EU

Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE), UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe and Zero Waste Europe call on the EU to facilitate the beverage industry’s transition to circularity by developing a legal framework for setting up new efficient DRS for beverage packaging. Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE), UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe and Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) urge the