Soda: taxes & regulation

Trademark Coca-Cola also offers sugar-free Light and Zero (in South Africa) and Diet and Zero Sugar (UK). Pic:getty/champlifezy

Coca-Cola assesses sugar tax impact

By Rachel Arthur

The UK and South Africa both introduced taxes on sugar sweetened beverages earlier this year. How has this affected Coca-Cola?

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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Isle of Man puts sugar tax back to 2019

By Rachel Arthur

The Isle of Man is postponing the introducing of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy by one year, with introduction now planned for April 1, 2019.

Unlike the city of Seattle soda tax, the statewide proposed bill would tax diet drinks as well. ©GettyImages/Kwangmoozaa

Seattle sweetened beverage tax could spread statewide

By Mary Ellen Shoup

A bill from February 2017 has been reintroduced to the Washington State Legislature, calling for a two-cent-per-fluid-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages throughout the state.

Seattle soda tax comes into effect

Seattle soda tax comes into effect

By Rachel Arthur

Seattle has introduced its tax on sugar sweetened beverages this month, while researchers from the University of Washington have been tasked with assessing the effectiveness of the measure over the next four years.

Sugar taxes: The global picture in 2017

Sugar taxes: The global picture in 2017

By Lester Wan, Elaine Watson, Rachel Arthur

Sugar taxes have continued to gain momentum in 2017, but the introduction of new legislation is rarely straight-forward. We take a look at countries around the globe where sugar taxes have been making headlines this year.