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Child obesity fears see fall in demand for fizzy drinks from Irish consumers.


DEMAND for sugar-laden fizzy drinks in Ireland is falling due to concerns about child obesity, it has been found.

Ireland is No10 in the world in the soft drinks stakes with the Argentinians topping the table - taking twice as much as we do.

But there has been a slow but consistent decline in demand for minerals in Ireland from 212 cans a year per person in 2013 to 207 last year.

The Euromonitor International report noted demand had dropped due to rising concerns about the obesity crisis among the nation's children.

A spokesman said: "Following Governmentled public health campaigns, Irish consumers are becoming increasingly health-conscious and look for healthier options among the products they choose.

"Amid economic growth and rising demand for soft drinks, carbonates achieved a flat performance in volume terms in 2017.

"This is particularly prevalent in parents of younger children as Ireland has the greatest number of obese children in Europe."


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Mar 28, 2018
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