The Beverage Association of South Africa (BEVSA) is a not-for profit membership based industry organisation that represents the interests of the non-alcoholic beverage industry. Our members include large to small beverage manufacturing companies who produce, import, distribute, and sell a variety of non-alcoholic sparkling and still beverages, including soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, bottled waters, flavored and/or enhanced waters, ready-to-drink teas and coffees and dairy based beverages. Our purpose is to ensure sustainable growth of the non- alcoholic beverage sector in an open market whilst continuing to creating and maintaining a thriving business environment for the South African non-alcoholic beverage sector. As representative of manufacturers and distributors of a wide variety of non-alcoholic beverages, we believe that all of our products can be part of a healthy lifestyle. BEVSA recognizes, however, that there are many complex health, nutrition, and physical activity related issues affecting the global community (such as overweight and obesity), and it is critical that all stakeholders in society, including the non-alcoholic beverage industry, engage in cross-sector dialogue to develop holistic and sustainable solutions based on the totality of scientific evidence. To that end, the non-alcoholic beverage industry has been working with government, industry (through the Consumer Goods Council), academia and consumers to be part of the solution, and to promote healthy, balanced, and active lifestyles.
Some of our members include:
- Soda King Franchising
- Tiger Brands
- Suntory Beverage and Foods
- Coca Cola
- Peninsula Beverages
- Quality Beverages
- Little Green Beverage Company, etc
Our members have, for example:
- Worked to develop and provide more beverage options with fewer calories/kilojoules, including more reduced, low- and no-calorie product offerings.
- Introduced smaller portion size options
- Working with department of Health to guide members in advocating for and providing meaningful and understandable fact-based nutrition information on their products in line with the guidelines on Nutrition Labeling
- Working with industry to amend the Marketing to Children code to cover even more programming and marketing communications to children under the age of 12
- Partners to support nutrition and physical activity programs, and research and partnerships that advance nutrition science