SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Beverage Technology & Markets

Soda: taxes & regulation

Soda: taxes & regulation

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.

Berkeley ‘soda tax’ linked to 21% drop in sugary beverage consumption, study finds

Within months of enacting Berkeley’s controversial “soda tax” and the corresponding public awareness campaign on the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages, consumption of the drinks in the California city dropped...

How will milk drinks be affected by UK sugar tax?

Milk-based drinks are to be excluded from the UK sugar tax, given their nutritional value. And yet some milk-based drinks contain considerable amounts of added sugar. So how can the...

New strategy: Scotland weighs up food taxes and ad bans

Scotland’s new food authority is prepared to take the hard-line on tackling obesity, with a junk food tax and advertising bans under consideration.

UK sugar tax: Government unveils plans and consultation

The UK government has confirmed details of its plans for a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, launching a consultation on the levy along with its long-awaited childhood obesity strategy today. ...

South Africa sugar tax will affect jobs and economic growth, says beverage industry

The beverage industry in South Africa says a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages threatens thousands of livelihoods and economic growth. 

Government reticence on sugar tax and obesity policy leaves everything to play for in bitter battle

The UK food industry, the government and health campaigners are locked in a bitter battle to determine the country’s plan to tackle obesity. At its heart is the proposed sugar...

UK sugar tax will put 4,000 jobs at risk: Oxford Economics

A UK sugar tax will lead to a reduction of just 5 calories per day, but will reduce the industry's contribution to the economy by £132m ($172m) and risk 4,000...

Is the food industry working for or against the consumer? Find out at Food Vision USA 2016

San Francisco soda health warnings violate First Amendment by forcing manufacturers to denigrate their own products, says WLF

The Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) has urged the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to stop enforcing a San Francisco ordinance requiring sugary drink ads to include health...

DISPATCHES FROM IFT

From 'good sugar' to reformulation R&D: The companies that welcome sugar taxes

A sugar tax might be bad news for some manufacturers but for others it's an opportunity. We spoke to a stevia manufacturer, a low GI sugar company and a reformulation...

News in brief

A.G. Barr anticipates Brexit impact in 2017

A.G. Barr warns that Brexit is likely to result in increased costs for the company next year. 

Call for UK to bulk up childhood obesity strategy in wake of leaked plans

Action on Sugar is urging the UK government to revise its childhood obesity strategy, alleging that leaked draft documents show plans do not go far enough.

South Africa sets out sugar tax plans

South Africa’s National Treasury has published proposals for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, and is inviting comment on the plans. 

Energy drink concerns ‘nothing to do with sportspeople’, says frustrated ESSNA

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has called for a distinction to be made between the two blocked caffeine claims referring to endurance and a further two referring to...

Beverage industry to fight back against Philadelphia’s new soda tax

Philadelphia's new soda tax violates state law, says the American Beverage Association (ABA), which is preparing to take legal action to challenge the levy.

Sports drinks sector unites to fight UK sugar tax

UK sports drink manufacturers have formed a lobby group to win exemption from the UK’s sugar tax – due to be levied in 2018.

Sugar tax could eat into unhealthy breakfast cereal sales, study finds

A sugar tax of 20% could discourage shoppers from buying unhealthier breakfast cereals, research has shown. 

Guest article

Sugar tax reformulation: Could your company claim an R&D tax credit?

The UK's sugar tax will spur some companies to reformulate. Here, a leading R&D tax consultant at Ayming UK explores how manufacturers can make full use of R&D tax reliefs to offset the...

Talking Rain (Sparkling ICE) CEO: We had one store in London sell 3,000 bottles in a week

It’s very early days, but initial signs suggests that Sparkling ICE could be a hit in the UK and Ireland, says Kevin Klock, president and CEO at brand owner Talking...

Coca-Cola could face £226M sugar tax

The Coca-Cola Company could face a bill as high as £226M a year under the sugar tax, if it doesn’t pass on the increased charge for its sugary drinks to...

Sugar tax is destined to fail, claims legal expert

The proposed sugar tax on soft drinks is likely to fail in its intended aim of reducing calorie intake as consumers will simply trade down to cheaper, own-label variants, a...

San Francisco soda warnings prompt UK call for similar rule

San Francisco is set to require health warnings on billboards advertising soda: and UK campaign group Action on Sugar is calling for similar warnings in the UK. 

Britvic ‘well placed’ to deal with UK sugar tax

Britvic says its growing portfolio of ‘better for you’ soft drinks means it is well positioned to deal with the UK’s sugar tax, which is due to come into effect...

dispatches from Analytica 2016

Customers asking us best way of doing routine sugar analyses - Thermo

Thermo Fisher Scientific said it has seen an increase in customers wanting to do and asking about routine sugar analyses.

Talking Rain CEO outlines strategy for US brand Sparkling Ice in UK and Ireland

Sparkling Ice launches in UK and Ireland: ‘We have bold ambitions for the brand in these markets’

Sparkling Ice - the flavored sparkling water brand which has seen success in its native US market with more than $659m in retail sales last year - is launching this...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Sugar tax one step closer to implementation in Thailand

Soft drinks could cost up to 25% more in Thailand after the National Reform Steering Assembly’s health panel approved by 153 votes to two a proposal to increase taxes for...

Key Industry Events