Soft drinks in Canada- Statistics & Facts

A soft drink is a drink that typically contains carbonated water, a sweetener, and a natural or artificial flavoring. Soft drinks may also contain caffeine, colorings, and preservatives. In 2018, Canada’s soft drink and ice manufacturing industry contributed around 1.67 billion Canadian dollars to the country’s gross domestic product. Pepsi and Coca Cola are among some of the most popular soft drinks in Canada and some of the main Canadian brands include: Canada Dry, Crush, Big 8, and Clearly Canadian.

Soft drinks were first commercialized in Canada as medicinal elixirs or tonic in the early 19th century when small carbonated bottling operations were established. The industry has since grown to producing an annual market volume of over nine billion liters of soft drinks. The market volume for carbonated soft drinks alone amounts to more than 3.5 billion liters yearly.

Due to recently prevalent dietary concerns regarding obesity and sugar intake, soft drink consumption per capita in Canada has been on a steep annual decline. The volume of soft drinks available for consumption per person in Canada dropped from 82.93 liters in 2010 to 58.28 liters in 2018. Each year, retail sales of carbonated soft drinks in Canada have experienced a drop in numbers since 2013. The volume of soft drinks imported into Canada in 2018 amounted to around 513,940 kiloliters and for that same year, the volume exported from Canada stood at approximately 171.54 kiloliters.

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