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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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
08.03.2016

Finnish government dismisses plan for sugar tax

The Finnish government has scrapped a plan to replace the current tax on sweets with a tax on sugar, stressing that such measure would be difficult to implement and its health impact is not clear. Th...

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Government revenue, Ineffective consumer behaviour, Ineffective on obesity, What others say: government, What others say: politicians, European Commission, Finance, Finland, Government, Ministry, Sugar, Sweet, Tax, Europe
18.01.2016

Sugar taxes ineffective, proves new study

A new report based on real-world examples by the prestigious UK-based think tank Institute for Economic Affairs demonstrates that sugar taxes are ineffective, regressive and inefficient. The main fin...

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Ineffective consumer behaviour, Ineffective on obesity, Taxes unfair, What others say: experts, Ineffective, Inelastic, Institute Economic Affairs, Regressive, Substitution, Taxes, Unfair, United Kingdom
15.01.2016

Mixed reactions to new study on Mexican sugar tax

A new study on the effects of the Mexican tax on sugar sweetened beverages published in the medical journal ‘The BMJ’ has triggered different reactions among experts, after finding  a 6% drop in...

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Education, Education not tax, Government revenue, Taxes unfair, What others say: experts, BMJ, Franco, Low income, Mexico, OECD, Sassi, Study, Sugar, Tax
12.01.2016

Bulgarian Finance Minister opposes food tax

In an interview available on the website of the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance, the Minister Vladislav Goranov, asked to comment on the matter, has voiced his opposition to the much debated proposal of...

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Ineffective consumer behaviour, What others say: government, Behaviour, Consumer, Finance, Food, Ineffective, Ministry, Tax, Bulgaria, Europe
10.12.2015

Dutch experts question sugar tax effects on health

When asked to comment on Jamie Oliver’s controversial ‘sugar tax’, Dutch experts expressed their doubts regarding the efficacy of such measure when it comes to improving public health. A tax...

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education, Education not tax, Ineffective on obesity, What others say: experts, Expert, Ineffective, Netherlands, Prevention, Sugar, Tax, Europe
03.12.2015

“Mexican soda tax did not lead to reduction in total calorie consumption”, finds study

A study conducted by Mexican econometricians and researchers of the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) on the impact of the tax on drinks with added sugars found that the measure fail...

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Ineffective on obesity, Taxes unfair, What others say: experts, Calorie, Consumption, Ineffective, Mexico, Obesity, Soda, Study, Sugar, Tax
23.10.2015

UK Government reiterates sugar tax not an option

Following the presentation of Public Health’s England (PHE) report “Sugar Reduction – The Evidence for Action” at the House of Common, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Cameron has stressed ag...

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Taxes unfair, UK Regulations, What others say: government, Cameron, Drinks, Government, Jamie, Oliver, PM, Report, Sugar, Tax, UK, United Kingdom
22.09.2015

UK government responds to Jamie Oliver’s petition saying that it has “no plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages”

On Monday 21 September 2015, the UK government has responded to the petition launched by the well-known chef Jamie Oliver, who is campaigning for the introduction of a ‘soda tax’ as a solution for...

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Job loss, Site Updates, UK Regulations, What others say: government, Fat, Government, Jamie Oliver, Tax, UK, United Kingdom
22.09.2015

Australian Beverages Council replies to calls for ‘soda tax’ providing evidence on its ineffectiveness and unfairness

Like many other countries, Australia is looking for the best solution to tackle the growing problem of obesity. As many are asking for a tax on certain products, including soft drinks, the Australian...

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Education not tax, Industry, Ineffective on obesity, Physical activity not tax, Site Updates, Taxes unfair, Australia
24.08.2015

New report shows Berkeley Soda Tax is poorly transmitted to consumer prices

In January 2015, the city of Berkeley (United States, California) introduced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages at a rate of one-cent-per-ounce with the clear objective of lowering consumption of thet...

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Education not tax, EU Impact on Competitiveness Report, Europe, United States
10.08.2015

Fat tax supporters try to rewrite failed Danish fat tax history

In this article, from the health section of the Spectator magazine website, the author explains how, one and a half year after its abolishment, pro fat tax voices are trying to rewrite history, claimi...

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Ineffective consumer behaviour, Ineffective on obesity, Denmark, Europe
15.07.2015

UK think tank stresses “taxes on food and soft drinks are ineffective”

A new paper, published by the UK think tank Institute of Economic Affairs, scrutinises the justification for increasing government interference in the sugar market, as has been recently proposed by th...

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Ineffective consumer behaviour, Ineffective on obesity, What others say: experts, United Kingdom
14.07.2015

Comprehensive literature study finds evidence from food tax-related studies “complex, limited and largely equivocal”

A systematic scoping review of food tax-related studies, published by the University of Cambridge, exposes “a complex, limited and largely equivocal evidence base, suggesting that the public health...

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What others say: experts, Europe
10.07.2015

1700 jobs lost in Mexico one year after new soft drinks tax, while NZ report confirms ineffectiveness of sugar taxes in curbing obesity

In Mexico, business owners warn that the tax on sugar sweetened soft drinks has affected the competitiveness of the industry, leading to the loss of 1700 jobs since the tax was introduced in 2014. The...

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Government revenue, Ineffective on obesity, Job loss, What others say: government, Mexico, New Zealand
20.05.2015

Belgian Health Minister De Block not in favor of a soft drinks tax

On 18 May 2015, the first results from the study NutriNet Santé were published in Belgium. It was investigating the diet and lifestyles of 5.000 Belgian consumers. A dedicated working group in Fland...

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Ineffective consumer behaviour, Ineffective on obesity, Taxes unfair, What others say: government, Belgium, Europe
02.04.2015

WHO Europe paper on pricing policies to promote healthier diets miss

On 23 March 2015, WHO Europe released a paper called "Using price policies to promote healthier diets". Although the paper acknowledges that broader effects of HFSS taxes, such as product substitu...

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Education not tax, Taxes unfair, Denmark, Europe, Finland, France, Hungary
11.02.2015

Commission investigates Danish ‘fat tax’

On 5 February 2015, the European Commission initiated a formal investigation procedure against Denmark's so-called 'fat tax', which was introduced in 2011 and abolished in January 2013: the European...

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Taxes unfair, What others say: government, Denmark, Fat tax, Tax, Taxation, Taxes, Europe
11.02.2015

Focus on fitness not fatness – Why food taxes are missing the point

Researcher at the University of Essex, children’s fitness expert Dr. Gavin Sandercock writes in BBC news that we have been looking at obesity the wrong way, leaving the harm generated by physical in...

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Education not tax, Physical activity not tax, What others say: experts, Childhood obesity, Physical activity, Taxation, Australia, United Kingdom
06.01.2015

McKinsey Institute: How the world could better fight obesity

Obesity is a critical global issue that requires a comprehensive, international intervention strategy.   Much of the global debate on this issue has become polarized and sometimes deeply antago...

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education, Ineffective on obesity, What others say: experts, Consumer behaviour, Holistic, McKinsey, Obesity, Europe, United States
09.12.2014

Study finds no evidence for an association between sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity

This systematic academic review focused specifically on the role of sugar-sweetened beverages in obesity risk, taking into account energy balance. Scientific conclusions could not be drawn from the i...

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What others say: experts, Europe, United Kingdom, United States
03.12.2014

France’s Les Echos: “Food taxation should not be a punitive tool”

Who has not heard of the Nutella tax? An amendment to the 2013 French budget law foresaw an increased levy on palm oil that received the nickname "Nutella Tax". After being voted in the Senate, it was...

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Education not tax, Government revenue, Industry, Ineffective on obesity, Taxes unfair, What others say: experts, Europe, France
03.10.2014

Molinari Institute Report – Nutrition taxes: a broken tool in public health policy

Recent reports by French senators Yves Daudigny and Catherine Deroche and by Professor Serge Hercberg highlight the public health problems (cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer) linked to expan...

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Government revenue, Ineffective consumer behaviour, Ineffective on obesity, Taxes unfair, What others say: experts, What others say: government, Behavioural taxation, discriminatory taxation, Education not tax, Fat tax, Price elasticity, Pricing policy, Sugar, Taxation, Taxes, VAT, Europe, France
20.08.2014

Trade media comments on “The Fat Lie”

Obesity caused mainly by inactivity, not by sugar Foodmanufacture.co.uk by Laurence Gibbons Public health campaigners have attributed Britain's obesity epidemic to increased availability of junk...

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Education, Education not tax, Ineffective consumer behaviour, Ineffective on obesity, Physical activity not tax, What others say: experts, What others say: media, United Kingdom
19.08.2014

The fat lie: Britain’s rising obesity unmasked

New research suggests the UK's rise in obesity has not been caused by, as many have suggested, high-fat foods and sugary drinks but by a lack of physical activity. Conducted by the Institute...

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Education not tax, Ineffective consumer behaviour, Ineffective on obesity, Taxes unfair, What others say: experts, What others say: media, Behavioural taxation, IEA, Institute for Economic Affairs, Obesity, Physical activity, The fat lie, United Kingdom