Nutrition

The Portuguese government is proposing a new salt tax next year, on top of its sugar and alcohol taxes. Pic: ©GettyImages/SeanPavonePhoto

Portugal plans tax attack on salty snacks in 2018

By Gill Hyslop

Portugal’s State Budget proposal for 2018 proposes a new tax on foods that have a high salt content – including potato chips, cereals and crackers – in an effort to curb the nation’s unhealthy consumption patterns.

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Hong Kong resists sugar tax calls

By RJ Whitehead

Hong Kong authorities favour adopting health awareness schemes over introducing a tax on sugar to limit consumption.

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Australia

PM dashes renewed calls for sugar tax

By RJ Whitehead

Australian consumers already pay enough taxes at the supermarket and should not be forced to pay an extra 20% for sweetened drinks, the prime minister has said.

Time to look for alternative sugar reduction ingredients. Picture: © iStock/BogdanReava.

BRC & FDF call for submissions for sugar alternative ingredients

By Jenny Eagle

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) are calling on ingredient manufacturers, product specialists and researchers to submit details of sugar alternative ingredients to help companies reformulate their products.

The ASA said Bio-tiful Dairy's kefir ad breached the CAP Code.

Bio-tiful Dairy kefir ad falls foul of ASA

By Jim Cornall

A poster for UK kefir company Bio-tiful Dairy’s Kefir drink has been found by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to be in breach of advertising rules.

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New Zealand

Support for sugar tax remains constant among Kiwis

By RJ Whitehead

The number of Kiwis in favour of a tax on sugary drinks has hardly changed in the last year, after a new poll revealed that two thirds of respondents continue to support such a move.

The Cook County soda tax is expected to generate more than $200m next year, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue. ©iStock/OcusFocus

Cook County soda tax due to take effect today

By Mary Ellen Shoup

A penny-per-ounce Sweetened Beverage Tax in Cook County, Illinois, goes into effect today after a temporary restraining order on the levy was dismissed in Cook County Circuit Court. However, retailers have announced they will continue their fight against...

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