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Evidence to support the development of a sustainability roadmap for soft drinks - FO0432

Soft drink consumption is rapidly becoming a mainstream sustainability issue for the UK. With annual production exceeding 14 billion litres per year, and a market value over £13 billion, the environmental, social and economic impacts need to be understood. There currently exists a range of published information related to discrete impacts of selected issues, such as packaging and nutrition, but there has not yet been one single piece of research that has consolidated all of these disparate data into a single evidence base to support the holistic development of a sustainability roadmap.

This literature review encompasses the entire soft drinks sector, from raw material production to end of life processing. Working with leading industry, commercial and sector specialists, it aims to provide a robust evidence base for which future decision-making can be referenced. The proposed research project will be led by Best Foot Forward, with support from Valpak Ltd., Sancroft and Lesley Moody. Our consortium will collect, assess and combine the best available evidence applicable to the UK soft drinks sector with a view to identifying specific actions for the development of a sustainability roadmap.

Depending on the time and resource allowance, the following five deliverables will be provided:
> Sustainability-defined soft drink sector taxonomies, highlighting priority areas and themes to focus the literature review and support the identification of key measures that can have broad impacts across the sector and reach a multitude of product groups.
> A detailed literature review targeting UK-specific environmental, economic and social impacts. This includes the presentation of material, ingredient and global supply-risks associated with their consumption.
> Identification of knowledge gaps that may restrict policy decision-making, and filling these where possible.
> ‘Road tested’ recommendations and options for steering the industry on a more sustainable path with key stakeholders.
> A consolidated synthesis report of key recommendations that address core sustainability issues to inform priorities, and identify key individuals and organisations that will be able to support the development of a sustainability roadmap.
Sustainability-defined soft drink sector taxonomies
Best Foot Forward
Given the multi-metric nature of this project, it is likely that more than one taxonomy will need to be created. Novel taxonomies will be created for the core metrics being assessed, allowing for the clear grouping of ‘like products’.
February 2012

UK soft drink sector overview
Best Foot Forward
Overview of entire UK sector, including global supply-chain dependencies, impacts and market leaders.
March 2012

Detailed literature review
Consolidated review of existing environmental, social and economic impact reduction studies. Preference will be given to UK-specific studies (e.g. WRAP) and market reports (e.g. Mintel, Verdict) however global review will focus on specific hotspot areas.
April 2012 (phase 1), October 2012 (phase 2)

Synthesis report
Accessible overview document discussing strategic themes and initiatives that will form a clear, transparent and communicable reference for policy development. The report will also highlight financial implications of recommendations.
December 2012
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Evidence for a soft drinks roadmap - Phase 2 Final Report   (904k)
• FRP - Final Report : Phase I synthesis report   (1827k)
• ANX - Annex : Annex 2 - Table 1 - Sweeteners   (162k)
• ANX - Annex : Annex 3 - Good practice and reduction opportunities   (329k)
• ANX - Annex : Annex 4 - Refrigeration in the soft drinks supply chain   (24k)
• ANX - Annex : Annex 5 - Design for recyclability tools and initiatives   (11k)
• ANX - Annex : Annexes 1, 2, 5, 6 FINAL March 2013   (1770k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2012

Cost: £152,550
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Best Foot Forward
Fields of Study
Resource Efficient and Resilient Food Chain