The first four months of the UK’s sugar tax has failed to create any significant change in consumer behaviour; but it has encouraged widespread reformulation and the proliferation of lower sugar options, according to Nielsen.
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...
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey acknowledges the UK sugar tax is likely to have ‘some impact’ on the company in the UK – particularly for classic Coca-Cola – but is optimistic that the industry is well prepared to minimize the impact of the levy.
A New Zealand taxpayers’ lobby group has accused those who are pushing for a tax on sugary drinks tax of “post-truth virtue-signalling”, citing evidence that many of their claims are demonstrably wrong.
Industry group, the Food and Drink Federation, has called for the UK's sugar tax to be put on hold due to the economic fragility of the post-Brexit environment - but campaigners have slammed it as opportunistic.