April 17: Worldwide soft drinks sales grew last year by almost 11 percent to reach US$776 billion according to research from UK-based Canadean and published by US-based Beverage Digest.
In a report on the liquid refreshment beverage (LRB) industry, which does not include alcoholic drinks, it was also revealed that global volumes increased by 5.2 percent to reach 83 billion cases, indicating a measure of price inflation.
Carbonated soft drinks (CSD) have the biggest share of 41.6 percent by value worth $323 billion and 43 percent by volume but showed the lowest growth of 6.5 percent by value. About 28 percent of all CSD volumes are sold in the US.

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