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Consumers are consuming fewer calories from non-alcoholic beverages: report

The Conference Board of Canada's latest report on the Balance Calories Initiative shows consumers are drinking less non-alcoholic drinks and manufacturers are offering more options

December 12, 2017   Food in Canada

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Toronto – The Canadian Beverage Association (CBA) released the latest look at its Balance Calories Initiative (BCI) in a report called Balance Calories Initiative: 2017 Tracking Report.

The report was prepared by The Conference Board of Canada.

For more on the report, click here.

In a statement, the CBA says that in the BCI program’s first two years consumers reduced their calories from non-alcoholic beverages by 10.2 per cent. “That means that since 2004 there has been an almost 30 per cent reduction in calories consumed from non-alcoholic beverages by Canadians,” says GlobalData market data in the statement.

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The federal government also found that its own Canadian Community Health Survey 2016, “corroborates this reduction of almost 30 per cent in calories consumed per capita/per day since 2004.”

However, says the statement, in Canada obesity is still a concern.

The decrease in calories consumed from non-alcoholic beverages has been helped along by several innovative measures, says the statement.

Those include: smaller portion sizes, and more low- and no-calorie options for Canadian consumers.

In fact, the CBA says in 2017 its member companies “launched more than two dozen new low/no-calorie products into the Canadian marketplace.”

 


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