Soda: taxes & regulation

Milkshakes and fruit juices are exempt from the UK's sugar tax - but can still contain high amounts of sugar. Pic: getty/mindstyle

UK sets sugar reduction targets for juice and milk-based drinks

By Rachel Arthur

Juice and milk-based drinks are currently exempt from the UK’s sugar tax: but Public Health England has set out targets for sugar reduction in these categories – and says that progress will be taken into account when it reviews the milk-based drinks exemption...

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Mexico: Soda sales may be down, but obesity rates are not, says ANPRAC

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Introduced in 2014, Mexico's sugar tax reduced sweetened beverage sales by 12% in its first year, according to the Ministry of Health, but daily caloric intake has decreased by negligible amounts, argues ANPRAC (the National Association of Producers...

Ireland's sugar tax uses the same structure as the UK's levy. Pic:getty/elenchaykina

Ireland sugar tax comes into effect

By Rachel Arthur

Ireland has introduced its tax on sugar-sweetened drinks this week, with legislation coming into effect on May 1.

The sugar tax is not just about number crunching: how will it affect R&D, consumer behaviour, and wider F&B categories? Pic:Getty/Alexlmx

UK sugar tax: The experts weigh in

By Rachel Arthur

The UK’s Soft Drinks Industry levy comes into effect today. Does this signify a sea change in our approach to sugar? Should we expect to see the tax extend to other products? What will the response from consumers be? From R&D consultants to nutritionists,...

Ireland sugar tax pushed back to May

Ireland's sugar tax pushed back to May

By Rachel Arthur

The introduction of Ireland’s sugar tax has been pushed back to May 1 to ensure the levy does not infringe EU state aid law.

South Africa introduces sugar tax

South Africa introduces sugar tax

By Rachel Arthur

South Africa’s Sugary Beverages Levy has come into effect this week, and is expected to raise the price of sugary soft drinks.

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