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Changed on: 18.01.2016

Soft Drinks

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Soft drinks are regulated in Code Chapter B 26 of the Austrian Food Code. They are ready-to-drink products made of water – in line with Code Chapter B 1 "Drinking Water" or water according to Code Chapter B 17 "Bottled Water" – carbonated or non-carbonated, with odour and flavour enhancing additives, as well as with or without added sugar, in accordance to the guidelines for the individual types and that do not contain more than 0.5 % abv of alcohol per litre. In addition, fruit, fruit juices or similar products, according to the Regulation on fruit juices, minerals or vitamins in line with the Community Regulation on adding vitamins, minerals and other substances, caffeine and quinine, may be added to the drink.

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Roter Saft im Glas

Soft drinks are regulated in Code Chapter B 26 of the Austrian Food Code. They are ready-to-drink products made of water – in line with Code Chapter B 1 "Drinking Water" or water according to Code Chapter B 17 "Bottled Water" – carbonated or non-carbonated, with odour and flavour enhancing additives, as well as with or without added sugar, in accordance to the guidelines for the individual types and that do not contain more than 0.5 % abv of alcohol per litre. In addition, fruit, fruit juices or similar products, according to the Regulation on fruit juices, minerals or vitamins in line with the Community Regulation on adding vitamins, minerals and other substances, caffeine and quinine, may be added to the drink.

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Beverage Categories

Fruit Juice Lemonades

Fruit juice lemonades have a minimum fruit juice content of at least 10 %, or 30 % in the finished product, when pome fruit juices, pineapple juice or grape juice are used. The term cola or (cola) lemonade is a commercially used term for a specific type of lemonade. Caffeinated cola lemonades contain a maximum of 250 mg caffeine per litre, while cola lemonades with no more than 0.5 mg caffeine per litre are called caffeine-free. The – if present – label "caffeine-free" indicates the intended suitability of the beverage for general consumption by a specific consumer group (caffeine sensitive individuals).

Bitter Lemonades

Bitter lemonades contain quinine or other bitter substances. If quinine is used, a maximum of 85 mg quinine per litre may be added. If the term "tonic" is used, the product contains at least 15 mg quinine per litre.

Mineral Drinks

Beverages and beverage powders with minerals are foods that can help compensate water and mineral loss through perspiration due to their composition and, in particular, the addition of minerals. Mineral drinks usually contain the elements sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Isotonic Beverages

An isotonic drink is a beverage in which the ratio of nutrients to liquid corresponds to that of human blood. This helps the body to absorb ingredients such as carbohydrates and minerals more rapidly and use them in the human metabolism.

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks contain a minimum of 11 g carbohydrates, which corresponds to a physiological calorific value o 44 kcal or 187 kJ per 100 g or 100 ml. They contain at least 250 mg caffeine per 1.000 ml. Furthermore, vitamins, mineral, taurine, glucuronolactone and inositol may be added. Energy drinks are not designed for children. This is why they are marketed carrying labels such as "increased caffeine content", "not recommended for children and pregnant or breastfeeding women", or "should be consumed in moderation".

You can find more information at  Energy Drinks.

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