UK Sugar Tax To Shake Up Soft-Drink Market

06 April, 2018, 18:24 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • Poorer members of society are most likely to benefit from taxes on soft drinks alcohol and tobacco experts claim

The government's new levy on soft drinks containing added sugar was implemented on 6 April 2018. They cost in the region of 70p.

Other brands with 8g of sugar or more include Red Bull, 7Up and Pepsi.

PHE suggests families should look at the advice on the Change4Life website on swapping to low fat milky drinks, water and low sugar drinks.

However Coca-Cola has not changed its recipe, meaning it will be taxed at the higher rate with a 10.6% sugar level. 330ml cans will rise by roughly 6p.

From Friday manufacturers have to pay a levy on the high-sugar drinks they sell.

And Ribena have also responded, cutting sugar by more than half from 10g to less than 4.5g.

Will the sugar tax work?

This relates to all applicable drinks sold in the United Kingdom, both manufactured and imported.

Why are the Government introducing the tax?

But the tax will solve neither obesity nor tooth decay and PHE is urging parents to change their children's eating and drinking habits.

How much sugar is in each fizzy drink?

The amount each brand goes up by depends on the amount of sugar in the drink.

"However, it is important to note that many people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes use high sugar products to treat hypos; reformulation and price increases will both have an impact on this".

Will it apply to all drinks?

However, this tax has been criticised for hitting the poorest hardest and for simply missing out many sugary drinks because they are fruit-based. There are 35g of sugar in a can of Coke - the equivalent of seven teaspoons.

A note stating changes to soft drinks offering in one of London's cinemas. The tax is estimated to raise around £520million which will go to the Department for Education to fund sports in primary schools.

Though there has been a great deal of enthusiasm for the levy, which was welcomed in a notable cross-party consensus when George Osborne put it forward in his Spring Budget 2016, there have been voices of dissent claiming it would do little to impact the high rates of childhood obesity the United Kingdom experiences.

It comes after shocking Public Health England figures revealed one child has a rotten tooth removed every 10 minutes in hospital. A new report has also suggested an alarming rise in infantile tooth decay, with United Kingdom hospitals pulling a child's tooth roughly every 10 minutes in children as young as one year old. The new levy is being put on drinks companies, who will be charged depending on how much sugar is in their drinks.

But the recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey showed under-11s consume more than three times these limits - 14 teaspoons or 54g a day - with 15 per cent coming from soft drinks.



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