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Soda Tax

Soda tax is high on the political agenda. Proponents argue that tax is an effective tool in the fight against obesity while industry insists that it would punish ordinary consumers and fail to deliver public health benefits.

Nichols plans relaunch of sugar-free drinks range

Nichols announced a relaunch of its sugar-free brands this summer, following the news of the tax on sugary drinks, and predicted earnings would be in line with expectations.

Medics: Years of Indian health gains would be wasted without soda tax

An international group of 50 medical professionals has united to call on Indian lawmakers to sign off on a proposed sin tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

‘The way to tackle obesity is…’ ICBA president on alternatives to sugar tax

The debate on how to tackle obesity has been thrown fully into the limelight following the announcement of a UK sugar tax on beverages. Jim Goetz, president of the International...

This week Down Under

NZ academics push cabinet for sugar tax, industry advocates soft force

More than 70 university academics have demanded that the New Zealand government imposes a “significant tax” on sugary drinks, claiming that the move would improve health in the world’s fourth-most...

Sugar reduction now a 'key mindset' of consumers, survey shows

Reducing sugar intake has become a key concern amongst many European consumers, with a quarter of those surveyed now preferring low sugar food products, a 2,500-strong survey has found.

A.G. Barr shrugs off sugar tax worries

Soft drinks company A.G. Barr says a combination of brand strength and ongoing product reformulation will minimize the financial impact of the UK’s sugar tax on its business.

UK sugar tax: The big questions

The UK has announced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. But how hard will it hit the industry? How effective will the tax be at tackling childhood obesity? And could the...

UK sugar tax: Will soft drinks companies sue the government?

Reports over the weekend suggest that soft drinks companies are ‘poised to sue the government’ over the newly announced sugar tax in the UK.

Stevia’s star keeps rising: Mintel

The use of stevia in non-alcoholic beverage launches increased 487% between 2011 and 2015, according to figures from Mintel, with carbonates and RTD iced tea in particular turning to the natural sweetener. 

UK sugar tax: comment and analysis

The UK government has announced a sugar tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, which will come into effect in April 2018. From public health officials to think tanks, we take a look...

UK sugar tax on soft drinks: The industry's reaction

The UK government has announced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. But the industry has slammed the levy, saying soft drinks have been ‘singled out’ despite manufacturers’ existing efforts to reduce...

Exclusive data

Mexican soda tax analysis: The figures just don’t back the hype

The success of the Mexican soda tax is fast becoming the stuff of public health myth and legend.

India

Soft drinks makers rail against Budget duty increase

India's INR140bn (US$2.8bn) soft drink industry has called on the government to reverse an increase in excise duty on beverages. 

Sugary drink obesity claims slammed by industry

The soft drink industry has slammed claims that a 20% tax on sugary drinks would cut UK obesity rates by 5% within nine years – resulting in 3.7M fewer obese people.

Soda companies rapped for allegedly targeting low and middle income countries

The soda industry has vigorously defended itself against claims it is “borrowing a page from the tobacco industry playbook” by trying to spread its products in low- and middle-income countries.

Soapbox

If Mexico’s soda tax really works, why are tax revenues still rising?

In January, the much respected British Medical Journal published a paper which aimed to test the success of the Mexican sugar excise tax, which had been levied on sugar-sweetened drinks.

NHS sugar tax proposals are panned

Plans by the National Health Service (NHS) to introduce a sugar tax on food and drink sold in its hospitals has been heavily criticised by industry trade bodies.

Health warnings on sugary beverages may improve understanding of health risks: Study

Placing a health warning label on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) may help parents better understand what overconsumption of these beverages may mean for their children, a recent study found.

Exclusive interview

DRY Sparkling to debut Fuji Apple at Target, pushing craft soda trend forward

DRY Sparkling just saw the first production of their latest Fuji Apple flavor run last week, which will be distributed nationwide at Target in April, the company told Beverage Daily.

‘Artificial sweeteners are dinosaurs’: Food and beverage analyst discusses 2016 trends

Health is reigning supreme in the beverage market in 2016, but are the right companies taking advantage of this consumer demand?

The sugar tax conundrum currently playing out in Asian markets

With various emerging Asian markets now considering legislation or tighter regulation of sugar in soft drinks, one of the key issues of the regional beverage industry in 2016 might well...

Sugar-sweetened beverages increase visceral belly fat, diet drinks don’t: Study

A daily intake of sugary drinks can lead to high levels of visceral belly fat, according to a recent study from the American Heart Association.

Cutting sugar in soft drinks by 40% could prevent 300,000 cases of diabetes: Study

Reducing the amount of sugar in sugar-sweetened beverages by 40% over five years could prevent 300,000 cases of type 2 diabetes in the UK over the next two decades, according...

Coca-Cola president: ‘I don’t see sugar going away’

The president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Company says sugar will not be ‘going away’ as an ingredient, despite obesity and diabetes concerns.

Exclusive interview with FAO’s director for nutrition

The fat after the famine: Obesity the next challenge facing Africa, says FAO boss

After years of battling undernutrition, Africa is now facing an emerging threat of obesity and the two must be considered simultaneously, according to the director of nutrition at the UN’s Food...