Britvic pilots monthly Robinsons delivery service to boost water intake

Britvic's soft drinks brand, Robinsons is piloting a new home delivery service ‘Fruit Drop’ to help families #EnjoyMoreWater, after finding 85% of a cross section of UK adults reported they drink less than the recommended 8 glasses of fluid.

It’s not only adults who struggle to drink enough; 72% of 5-12 year olds don’t drink the recommended intakes of fluid and 47% of parents worry their children don’t drink enough water during the day.

The monthly squash delivery service follows in the footsteps of vegetable and cooking boxes, and provides a convenient way to ensure the family enjoys drinking more water.

With real fruit in every drop of Robinsons, and no added sugar, a month long supply of the diluting fruit squash is being delivered straight to homes every month, with a range of fruity flavours to try.

The benefits of drinking more water are well documented and this latest survey shows that 49% of the parents asked notice a positive change in their child’s behaviour if they’re drinking enough fluid; remarking their child has more energy (30%), concentration (29%), motivation (21%) and ability to engage (19%).

Robinsons’ research of 1019 parents across the UK during the January health-kick also reveals the extent to which children’s drinking habits are influenced by their parent’s choices with 66% of parents say their children copy their healthy drinking habits when they choose to drink water, herbal tea or low/no added sugar squash, giving a real reason to lead by example.

Consultant Dietitian, Helen Bond, said, “Although water is the best drink to stay refreshed, it's not the only source, or even tastiest source, of refreshment. As well as feeling thirsty, the taste, colour, flavour and temperature of drinks is what often encourages us to drink more often. So, one of the easiest ways to make sure you and your family are consuming adequate intakes of water is to drink from a variety of different sources.

'Different tastes provided by drinks such as no added sugar squash, can make drinking water enjoyable for both adults and children. Our bodies are made up of about 50-60% water, so staying refreshed is important in helping our brain and bodies function well - whatever age you are!”

GB Marketing Director for Britvic, Kevin McNair, remarked, “At Robinsons, we’re always encouraging families to drink more water. This research shows the very real benefits of staying hydrated and of parents leading by example with healthy hydration habits. 61% of parents say it is easier to get their child to drink water when it is mixed with squash, and so we hope the launch of ‘Fruit Drop’ inspires families to enjoy more water.”

The service will initially be trialled via the Mumsnet, the UK’s largest network for parents.