Monday, January 19, 2009

Simple Statistics of Soft Drinks

Simple Statistics of Soft Drinks
Soft drink is the name commonly given to a nonalcoholic beverage that is consumed cooled or chilled, as opposed to a hot beverage like tea or coffee.

Soft drink fall into several category distinguished by the industry as carbonates still drinks, juices, dilutables and bottles waters.

A carbonate also called a carbonated soft drink is a fizzy drink containing gaseous carbon dioxide, commonly called soda pop in the United States.

Still drinks are noncarbonated soft drinks, and they consist of a plethora of varieties such as fruit drinks, energy and sport drinks, and health beverages, just to name a few.

In the last decade or two, bottled waters have becoame very popular, whether still or carbonated, flavored or nonflavored, with or without natural sugars.

Usually, these are prepared from natural spring waters or from other subterranean water sources and have high mineral contents, either naturally or added during manufacturing.

Dilutables is the name given to concentrated syrups, squashes and cordials that are reconstituted with water by consumers to prepare beverages in ready to drinks (RTD) forms.

The magnitude of the soft drinks industry has a profound impact on the world economy and on our lives in general. For instance a simpler statistic would indicate that each person on earth consumes about 70 liter of soft drinks in a year.

For a family of five persons, this means an annual consumption of 350 liter per family, which in turn, means a purchase of almost 1 liter of soft drink every day of the year.

How about sugar utilization in the soft drinks industry? Sugar makes up about 10% of soft drinks content. This would mean about 40 million ton of sugar used for the global production of soft drinks, this is roughly one third of the global annual sugar production.

And this statistics is not completely true. As sugar has been replaced by other natural sweeteners and other artificial intense sweeteners, such as saccharin, cyclamate, aspartame, etc.
Simple Statistics of Soft Drinks
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