Latest updates from around the world

The ‘Latest updates from around the world’ section of the website reviews the on-going food and beverage tax debate from all angles. In the sections linked below you can find reviews and links to articles in the media, academic research by leading experts and the views of decision-makers from around Europe contributing to the debate on food and beverage taxation.

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03.08.2018

Institute of Economic Affairs study confirms food taxes are regressive

In a report from June 2018, All, Christopher Snowdon addressed the argument for “progressive regressivity” promoted by a number of advocates of food taxes. The report argues that the regressivity...

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Taxes unfair, What others say: experts
19.04.2018

“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...

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Ineffective on obesity, UK Regulations, What others say: experts, United Kingdom
07.02.2018

Lithuanian government opts for reformulation rather than taxation

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...

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Industry, What others say: government, Lithuania
06.02.2018

New Zealand Health Ministry reports finds that evidence of sugar taxes improving health is weak

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...

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Education not tax, What others say: experts>New Zealand, New Zealand
24.01.2018

2018 JAMA issue on obesity calls for “reimagining” health prevention policies

Last week, the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), published a dedicated issue on obesity: it included a broad range of articles including one on taxing sugar sweetened beverages. In th...

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Ineffective on obesity
12.01.2018

Philadelphia’s beverage tax: the damaging economic impact

Starting in January 2017, the city of Philadelphia became only the second municipality in the US to impose a tax on sweetened beverages (SBs). Unusually for such taxes, the Philadelphia Beverage Tax (...

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Job loss, Taxes unfair, US Drinks News
10.11.2017

French soda tax: Le Figaro columnist argues against “Nanny State measures”

As the French Parliament is currently debating whether to reshape and increase the tax on soft drinks, an opinion piece published on 9 November in the French newspaper Le Figaro warns readers about th...

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Government revenue, Ineffective on obesity, France
26.06.2017

Reformulation rather than taxation: Euractiv reports on solutions proposed by soft drinks industry to contribute to tackling obesity

On 23 June, as part of a special report on regulating consumers, the EU media outlet Euractiv reported on the current debate in Europe and across national markets on how government can encourage consu...

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Ineffective on obesity, Taxes unfair, Europe
23.06.2017

U.S. study shows that a 10% subsidy for fruits and vegetables would be more efficient than a soft drinks tax

A American study published in June 2017 in PLOS Medicine, Reducing US cardiovascular disease burden and disparities through national and targeted dietary policies: A modelling study, compared differen...

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US Drinks News, United States
14.06.2017

Philadelphia Beverage Tax Shortfall

For the first time since the introduction of Philadelphia's 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax on soda and other sweetened drinks 3 months ago, city officials are already lowering their revenue projection as the...

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US Drinks News, United States
03.03.2017

Mexico’s soda tax: two years later

The article published by the New York Times (NYT) covers the publication by the Health Affairs Journal of an article by Professor Popkin on the impact of the Mexico sugar-sweetened beverage tax.  Thi...

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Ineffective on obesity, Mexico
03.03.2017

Barnaby Joyce on a sugar tax: ‘If you want to lose weight, eat less’ – video

(originally published on 23 November 2016, The Guardian) The Guardian published a video of Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on a sugar tax on 23 November 2016. In his speech, the De...

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What others say: government, Ineffective on obesity, Australia
03.03.2017

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 pros a...

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What others say: government, Economic Implications, UK Regulations, Unfair tax
03.03.2017

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 and...

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In the media: Journalists, What others say: media, Lifestyle) -
03.03.2017

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 on...

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What others say: experts, Ineffective on obesity, Mexico, Unfair tax
03.03.2017

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. The...

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In the media: Journalists, What others say: media, Economic Implications, Mexico, Regulations, Unfair tax, Australia
09.02.2017

Sugar Tax and Changes in Total Calorie Consumption

The working paper released by the New Zealand Treasury challenges the argument according to which a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) could be the most effective strategy to fight obesity as it...

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Ineffective on obesity, What others say: experts>New Zealand, New Zealand
26.08.2016

Soft Drinks Tax: is the UK moving in the right direction?

Christopher Snowdon on The Spectator highlights the counterfactual evidence against the three main claims used by the UK Treasury to justify the introduction of a of the Soda Tax in 2018, as announced...

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Government revenue, In the media: Journalists, Taxes unfair, UK Regulations, What others say: government, What others say: media, United Kingdom
23.08.2016

UK Sugar Tax expected to cause significant job losses

London’s business focused newspaper City A.M. reports the results of a study conducted by the think tank Taxpayer’s Alliance on the impact of the UK sugar tax. Announced by former UK chancellor Ge...

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Government revenue, In the media: Journalists, Ineffective on obesity, Job loss, Taxes unfair, UK Regulations, United Kingdom
14.06.2016

UK Sugar Tax Faces Criticism from Consumers’s Organizations

The Sun reports that the UK sugar tax, set to enter into force in April 2018, is facing rising opposition which questions both its merits and its design. Taxpayers Alliance is criticizing the Governm...

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Ineffective consumer behaviour, Ineffective on obesity, Taxes unfair, UK Regulations, What others say: experts, United Kingdom
26.04.2016

Colombia: why a soft drinks tax is not the solution

In view of the possible introduction of a tax on soft drinks in Colombia, the newspaper El Nuevo Día interviewed the executive director of the ANDI Chamber of the Beverage Industry, Santiago López J...

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Government revenue, Industry, Job loss, Physical activity not tax, Taxes unfair, Columbia
25.04.2016

The Netherlands: wide political consensus against sugar tax

A broad consensus against the introduction of a sugar tax in the Netherlands has emerged from parties across the political spectrum. Asked about their position on the issue following the debate in the...

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In the media: Journalists, Site Updates, What others say: media, What others say: politicians, Ineffective, Netherlands, Parties, Politicians, Sugar, Tax, Europe
12.04.2016

UK Sugar Tax may aggravate the struggle against diabetes

An article from the BBC warns the public about the collateral effects of the UK sugar tax, announced by the Government this March it should see daylight starting April 2018. According to the UK’s o...

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Taxes unfair, UK Regulations, What others say: experts, What others say: media, United Kingdom
01.04.2016

German Food Minister Schmidt says no to UK-style Sugar Tax

According to an article from Die Welt, the Federal Minister for Food, Christian Schmidt (CSU) rejects a tax on sugary drinks based on the model announced by the British Government on March 16 2016....

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Education, Education not tax, Government revenue, Ineffective on obesity, UK Regulations, What others say: government, Europe, Germany
24.03.2016

Why the UK Sugar Tax will fail to hit the mark

The Huffington Post published an article that points out some of the contradictions contained in the freshly approved “sugar tax” that the British Government  announced to be put in place in Apri...

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Government revenue, In the media: Journalists, Ineffective on obesity, Physical activity not tax, UK Regulations, What others say: media, United Kingdom