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.
“There is little evidence to demonstrate that a tax on soft drinks actually tackles obesity”, experts say
While the UK is implementing its tax on soft drinks, experts provide their insights on the broader context and trends on sugar reduction in the UK. Anna Masing, from Stylus, underlines that we are......Read more
At the end of January 2018, the Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga announced the country would not introduce a tax on sugar but will work with food producers to reduce sugar, salt and fat thr......Read more
On 30 January 2018, a report from Peter Wilson and Sarah Hogan, commissioned by the Ministry of Health of New Zealand to review the evidence around the efficiency of sugar taxes. It concluded that evi......Read more
Lasts week, the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), published a dedicated issue on obesity: it includes a broad range of articles including taxing sugar sweetened beverages. In the lead......Read more
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.