Soda: taxes & regulation

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Oakland soda tax reduces sugary drink purchases

By Rachel Arthur

Residents in Oakland, California have bought fewer sugary beverages since a local soda tax went into effect, says a study from UC San Francisco. The study also found savings in health care costs and compared them to other public health policies.

One million livelihoods depend on South African cane sugar, says the industry. Pic:getty/lcswart

What next for South Africa’s sugar tax?

By Rachel Arthur

It sounds like it’s going to be a familiar story: health campaigners want a sugar tax, the beverage industry doesn’t. But in South Africa there’s an additional dynamic: a massive sugar-growing industry that’s already facing huge challenges. Acknowledging...

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What’s next in sugar reduction? Ingredient innovators weigh in

By Katy Askew

Cutting the amount of sugar in our diet continues to be a priority for many consumers. With experts insisting the sugar reduction trend isn’t coming off the boil, FoodNavigator asks what ingredients are shaping the future of sugar reformulation.

Make water and seltzers available at checkouts instead of soda, says CSPI. Pic:getty/edhonowitz

‘Keep soda in the soda aisle’, says CSPI

By Rachel Arthur

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a US consumer advocacy organization, is urging the country’s top food retailers and sugary drink manufacturers to remove sugar-laden drinks from impulse buy locations in stores.

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Could warning labels on soda reduce consumption?

By Rachel Arthur

Displaying health warnings on sugar-sweetened drinks could be an effective way of reducing consumption, suggest US researchers, who found a 14.5% decline in consumption among students when warning labels were displayed on drinks in a college cafeteria....

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A future of fizz or going flat? The soft drinks industry post-2020

By Danielle Jackson, Strategic Planner, ZEAL Creative

The soft drinks category has been working through a challenging year. Danielle Jackson, strategic planner at UK brand activation marketing agency ZEAL Creative, asks what lessons the industry can learn and take into 2021.

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Indonesia inches closer to stealth sugar tax

By Richard Whitehead

Indonesia might be taking a novel approach to implementing a sugar tax: if a proposal in front of parliament goes ahead, it will lump an additional levy on soft drinks in with environmental protection measures to fill a gaping hole in public finances.

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Sugar taxes work even among poor… just: study

By Oliver Morrison

Sugary drink consumption in Chile fell nearly a quarter after the country introduced a raft of regulatory measures on foods high in sugar, fat, salt and calorie content. The affect was slightly greater among middle and high socioeconomic groups.