Carbonated Soft Drinks

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Carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) are a combination of carbonated water and flavouring, sweetened by sugar or a non-nutritive sweetener. The production of carbonated soft drinks contributes approximately $4 billion per annum.

Soft drinks can be sweetened by sugar or a range of non-nutritive sweeteners. Sucrose is widely used and comes from the sugar cane plant. The amount of sugar used in a soft drink is usually 10 per cent less.

Soft drinks can be naturally or artificially flavoured. Natural flavourings are derived from fruits, vegetables, nuts, bark, leaves, herbs, spices, oils or other natural sources.

Artificial flavourings offer consumers creative flavour combinations while offering manufacturers a longer shelf life and stable cost inputs. Preservatives may be added to extend the life of the product.

Caffeine may be found in some soft drinks. Caffeine has been part of cola drinks since their introduction, although caffeine-free options are widely available. The amount of caffeine in a cola drink is less than one third of the amount found in an equal volume of coffee.

Frozen Drinks

Frozen drinks are frozen versions of many popular carbonated drinks. They are available from a variety of outlets, including convenience stores, restaurants and cafes.

  • 52.1% of soft drinks are sold in supermarkets
  • 5000+ people are directly employed in making soft drinks
  • 300+ enterprises make soft drinks in Australia

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