Global growth in soft drinks has outstripped that of hot beverages and alcohol, according to new research.

From 2003 to 2013, global consumption of soft drinks rose by 59% to 700 billion litres across 72 countries analysed in Zenith International’s relaunched database.

Hot beverages grew 36% to 618 billion litres over the same period, while alcoholic drinks grew 30% to 244 billion litres, and milk drinks were up 24% to 239 billion litres.

Overall global consumption of drinks had risen 42% in the past 10 years, almost four times the 11% rate of population growth, according to Zenith International chairman Richard Hall.