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This site provides an information resource on food and drink taxation. It is designed to be a one-stop destination for those looking for factual information on the impact of food and drink taxes on populations and economies. The site is sponsored by UNESDA, representing the non-alcoholic beverages industry in Europe.

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Unintended Consequences: The Economic Impact of the Sugar Tax on Small Stores and Bakeries in Mexico

(originally published on 4 January 2017, The Diplomatic Courier) The Diplomatic Courier published an article on economic impacts of the sugar tax on small businesses in Mexico on 4 January 2017.......

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Soda Down in Mexico, Obesity Not So Much

(originally published on 16 December 2016, ConscienHealth) The ConscienHealth published an article on the actual results of the sugar tax in Mexico on 16 December 2016. The article argues, based......

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The sugar levy is economic lunacy. A rethink is urgently needed

(originally published on 22 August 2016, The Health Spectator) The Health Spectator published an article on economic implications of the sugar levy on 22 August 2016. The article assesses the pr......

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A global anatomy of health and the workday lunch

(originally published on 14 September 2016, The Financial Times) The Financial Times published an article on assessing the state of the workday lunch around the globe in Paris, Tokyo, Mexico City a......

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Why food and drink taxes don’t work


What is the food industry doing to address obesity?

The food and drink industry has worked extensively to reformulate its products, reduce sugars and fats and introduce new, innovations with healthy profiles.

The soft drinks industry has introduced no and low sugar products extensively and they now account for up to 30% of sales in many countries.  In addition, back in 2006 the soft drinks industry committed to not sell its products in primary schools across the EU.  It also committed to not advertise its products to children under 12 on TV, in print or online. In secondary schools – where soft drinks are available for sale – they are sold in non-branded vending machines and a full selection of drinks is available including waters, juices and no and low calorie products alongside regular varieties.