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UNESDA appoints Nicholas Hodac as Director General

Brussels, 24 September 2019; UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has appointed Nicholas Hodac as Director General. He will take up his role on 14th October. Nicholas joins UNESDA having spent the past six years at IBM as EU Government and Regulatory Affairs Executive. He previously held positions as Head of the Brussels EU Affairs Office for

UNESDA co-signs Circular Plastics Alliance Declaration

Brussels, 20 September 2019 Today, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe co-signed the Circular Plastics Alliance Declaration at a launch event held in the presence of Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans and representatives from across the value chain. UNESDA joined other stakeholders in co-signing the Declaration which commits signatories to the Commission objective of having 10 million tons

UNESDA President outlines our 2019-2024 aspirations: sustainability, responsibility, competitiveness

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European soft drinks industry on track to meet commitment to reduce added sugars by 10% by 2020

Brussels, 20 June 2019 UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has announced that it is on track to meet its voluntary commitment to reduce added sugars by 10% by 2020. A mid-term evaluation – conducted by third party auditors GlobalData – found that the average sugar level in European soft drinks has been reduced by 11.9% from

UNESDA attends ICBA meeting in Lisbon, Portugal

Last week, UNESDA attended the biannual meeting organised by the International Council of Beverages Associations in Lisbon, Portugal. It was the opportunity to exchange with associations coming from all continents on how to contribute positively to policies and make a difference through our actions. Of particular importance, we discussed environmental sustainability: the industry believes zero

UNESDA outlines priorities and aspirations for 2019-2024

Brussels, 2 April 2019 UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe today introduced its Aspirations for 2019-2024, outlining a series of critical priorities and areas that will ensure the soft drinks sector continues to help advance European economies and address societal challenges during the next European Parliament and Commission term. The Aspirations include a number of pledges and

UNESDA sponsoring and attending 2019 Petcore Europe Conference

UNESDA sponsored the annual Petcore Conference on the “EU Plastics Strategy 2.0: Taking the PET industry to the next steps”. The two-days session gathered an audience with representatives from industry, civil society and authorities. The speakers present included PET producers, recyclers and users debating in particular solutions to reach the objectives of the Single Use

UNESDA to participate to first meeting of Circular Plastics Alliance aiming to make EU economy more circular

On 5 February, UNESDA will join the Circular Plastics Alliance high level launch event hosted by European Commission Vice-President Katainen. UNESDA will be one of 30 organisations to attend from the among the 70 which have pledged through the formal EU register to support the uptake of 10 million tons of recycled plastics by 2025.

UNESDA Elects Tim Brett, The Coca-Cola Company, as President of European Soft Drinks Association

Coca-Cola Western Europe leader to oversee association’s efforts, including commitments to advance sustainable soft drinks packaging and create a healthier food environment Tim Brett, President, Coca-Cola Western Europe, has been elected President of UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, the industry association representing the non-alcoholic soft drinks sector in Europe. He will commence his two-year tenure with

New report highlights environmental and economic impact of tethered bottle caps

A study undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers finds European Commission’s proposal to introduce mandatory tethered caps on plastic beverage bottles (article 6 of the Single Use Plastic Directive) could create between 50,000 to 200,000 tonnes more plastic; create additional CO2 equivalent of 58 to 381 million kg and an economic cost of at least €2.7 billion. The