High sugar content in speciality beverages discussed on live radio

high sugar contentThe extremely high sugar content in some speciality beverages was discussed live today on Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio London with Steve Slark, chairman of the Beverage Standards Association & MD of European Water Care.

Mr Slark spoke on behalf of the British coffee industry about the recent report by the Action On Sugar charity on the extremely high sugar content in some speciality beverages.

Up to 25 teaspoons of sugar was found in some beverages, with  specialist coffees consumed in major high street coffee vendor being some of the worst offenders.

Mr Slark said: “With the new generation of people drinking coffee and other beverages, especially the young, we need to be concerned.” The interviewer asked him how the BSA can help. “We recommend our training as a good practice for all retailers and suppliers, leading to best practice, customers care, safety and hygiene.” He added: “There are excellent low sugar syrups available to help the barista to achieve a good tasting coffee. Major outlets are all apparently trying to reduce the sugar content of their products.”