Soda: taxes & regulation

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.

Action on Sugar surveyed pre-mixed / packaged G&Ts in retail. Pic:getty/numoalmeida

Gin & sugar? High levels of hidden sugar in pre-mixed alcohol drinks

By Rachel Arthur

Popular RTD cocktails and pre-mixed spirits contain ‘unnecessarily high and hidden sugar and calories’, according to UK campaign group Action on Sugar. It says such drinks should reformulate in line with the parameters set out by the sugar tax - or else...

Sales of zero sugar drinks increased by 22 million litres between 2015 and 2018. Pic:getty/andreypopov

Soft drink sugar drops by 29% in the UK

By Rachel Arthur

An Oxford University study has found the total amount of sugar sold in soft drinks in the UK dropped by 29% between 2015-2018. “Sustained pressure on business, including fiscal measures, has led to a striking reduction,” say the researchers.

Sugar taxes prompt heated debate around the globe. Pic:getty/helendavies

Sugar taxes: The global picture

By Rachel Arthur, Elaine Watson, Niamh Michail, Gary Scattergood, Flora Southey

Sugar taxes continue to hit the headlines, so we take a spin around the globe to look at some of the markets where taxes have been introduced or are under debate.

There are still around 35 drinking occasions over the course of a week, but beverage categories are changing. Pic: Getty/Kwangmoozaa

The last 30 years in beverages: How have consumers changed?

By Beth Newhart

While soda may have dominated shelves in the 1990s, today’s shoppers are seeking increasingly sophisticated functional beverages. Data company Kantar has analyzed consumer behavior in a new report that highlights the last three decades in the US beverage...

Carbonated soft drinks, water, coffee, energy drinks and sports drinks are the top beverages in c-stores. Pic: Getty/Sarah Casillas

Convenience store beverage purchases rise in the US

By Beth Newhart

Convenience store and gas station shopping habits for US consumers are analysed in GasBuddy’s 2019 C-Store Beverage Study, showing more impulse buys and higher demand for bottled water.

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UK sugar tax has removed 45,000 tonnes of sugar from shelves, says government

Will UK sugar tax be extended to milk drinks?

By Rachel Arthur

The UK government is considering extending its sugar tax to milk drinks: with the announcement made just before the confirmation of Boris Johnson – who has pledged a review of ‘nanny state sin taxes’ – as the country's next Prime Minister.

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