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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.

Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide: Global prevention plans needed, say researchers

Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research, which warns of an urgent need for strong global prevention programs.

Sugary drinks duty of 20% could lead to 2,400 fewer diabetes cases, says study

A 20% duty on sugary drinks in England could result in 2,400 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes and 1,700 fewer cases of stroke and coronary heart disease, according to...

Do consumers prefer low sugar or no sugar? It depends on the product…

Almost two-thirds of global consumers are concerned about sugar intake – but the choice between low-sugar and sugar-free depends on the food or drink category, according to a new report...

Sugar reformulation failure like slow poisoning of nation, says UK health chief

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) CEO says failing to reformulate products to reduce added sugars would be like slow food poisoning of the nation.

Boys more vulnerable to junk food adverts than girls

Research suggests boys eat more fast food and are more susceptible to junk food marketing than girls, prompting renewed calls for limits on advertising to children.

News in brief

California soda warning bill dies in committee

A bill proposing warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages that would alert shoppers in California to the risk of diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay, has died in the committee stage.

Soda should come with a warning label, say public health scientists, researchers

Legislation requiring warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages alerting shoppers to the risk of diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay has been backed by a group of 34 leading public health scientists...

Anti-sugar campaign hits sports drinks and juices

Sales of sports drinks and fruit juices continue to plunge in what looks like a consumer reaction to concerns raised by anti-sugar campaigners.

Health benefit of sugary drinks tax is ‘a strong claim’, says academic

The Children’s Food Campaign claims a 20p tax on sugary drinks could have major positive impact on health but academics and industry say evidence is lacking.

Soft drink tax targets heavy consumers, says Australian study

An excise tax on sugary drinks would be an effective way of improving the health of those who drink high amounts of the beverages, according to an Australian study. 

Dr Pepper Snapple Group: FY2014

Dicey ground for diet drinks, but Dr Pepper Snapple bullish on low-calorie TEN platform

Dr Pepper Snapple Group says it is battling headwinds against carbonated soft drinks – particularly diets – something it expects to see continue into 2015. But it remains upbeat about...

Reformulation on a mass scale? Sugar, stevia, sweeteners: the sticky question of a soft drink shake up

The launch of reduced sugar soft drinks is a step forward; but reformulating standard versions to contain less sugar would have a much bigger impact on health, according to Euromonitor...

Red sky at night: Coca-Cola lambasted for London Eye sponsorship

Public health campaigners have criticised Coca-Cola's sponsorship of tourist attraction the London Eye, saying this could exacerbate sugar consumption and related health issues. 

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What's hot, what's not, what's next? Introducing the FoodNavigator-USA & BeverageDaily Beverage Innovation Summit

Diet soda is in a funk, while 'real sugar' is back in vogue. Energy is hot, but caffeine is still controversial. Maple water is bang-on-trend, but will it really become...

Berkeley’s soda tax opens door for similar measures nationwide

Mixed outcomes in California on measures to tax sugary drinks show such controversial initiatives can succeed, but it will not be easy. 

Coke restates strong opposition to French soda tax that 'stigmatizes our products and category'

France’s largest soft drinks firms including Coke and Pepsi have committed to cutting sugar in added sugar soft drinks by an average of 5% in 2015, but the former tells...

Sweeteners flat line in EU and US as consumers turn backs on soft drinks

The global market for high intensity sweeteners is flat lining in Europe and North America as consumers drink fewer soft drinks, according to a market report from IHS.

UK political party rules out sugar or fat tax, but takes aim at advergames

The UK Labour party will has ruled out the possibility of taxes on sugar or fat, but will take aim at marketing to children and online advergames, says shadow Public...

Suggested licensing of US soft drink retailers 'misguided and extreme': ABA

The American Beverage Association (ABA) has dismissed a fresh set of strategies aimed at reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), branding them "misguided and extreme."

'Shocking' and 'unnecessary' levels of sugar in UK carbonated soft drinks

Four out of five fizzy drinks on the UK market contain the equivalent to, or more than, the WHO recommended daily maximum for sugar intake, according to new data.

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM SCORE: 88.75% - 'ZENITH HITS TOP GEAR'

Was it worth it? InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress 2014

We're starting up a new slot at BeverageDaily.com called 'Was it worth it?' to review beverage conferences and trade shows. First up is Zenith International's Innobev Global Soft Drinks Congress...

BUT BONNIE HERZOG SAYS PEPSICO COULD BE ON RECOVERY ROAD

Analyst ‘increasingly concerned’ at Coke’s ability to realize 2020 vision

US beverage analyst Bonnie Herzog says she is ‘increasingly concerned’ about The Coca-Cola Company’s ability to reach its 2020 vision due to a US soda slowdown and global instability.

Dutch data suggests soda taxes can reduce consumption without side effects

Increasing taxes on sugar sweetened beverages such as carbonated sodas even modestly could decrease consumption, without driving shoppers to other unhealthy foods, according to new RCT data.

French parliamentary report pushes 'fast-food' tax

A French senatorial report has proposed a 'junk-food' tax on products that are linked to heart disease - with the report taking particular aim at soft drinks, which currently benefit...

ONE WEEK TO GO - HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET?

One week to go: FoodNavigator’s Sugar Debate separates the fact from the fiction

Sugar has been linked to everything from heart disease to obesity and cancers in recent months. But is it as bad as all that? Our free-to-attend debate aims to tackle...

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