April 21, 2018

Soft drinks prices set to spike

08 April 2018, 12:53 | Kenneth Drake

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The petition added: 'All the tax is doing is punishing adult consumers. The money collected from this extra tax will go to the Department of Education.

But, in reality, it's customers and shops who will pay the tax, with manufacturers passing on the cost of the levy.

Dr Pepper will have a slashed sugar content because of the new tax.

Overall, the sugar tax has garnered criticism from the public, and - as usual - many have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations. On the basis of this, there are two categories of taxation that are forced.

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In a bid to protect small businesses, the British government has also granted a reprieve to soft drink producers selling less than 1 million litres of product a year.

Sceptics are also unsure as to whether making sugary drinks more expensive will make a sizeable reduction to the number of consumers buying them.

The sugar tax seems a positive step in the direction for helping households reduce their sugar intake.

Several soft drinks companies have already reduced the sugar content of their products to avoid the tax, often opting for artificial sweeteners instead.

Manufacturers must pay a levy on drinks with a sugar content above five grams per 100mL - and a higher one on those containing more than eight grams - as the government tries to cut down on spiralling obesity levels. Its 250ml cans, which usually retail for around the £1.20 mark, will now cost 6p more.

The sugar tax was announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his budget statement in 2017.

- What will the proceeds of the tax be used for in Britain? Some of them are Portugal, Thailand, France, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, UAE. Many argue that having a Coke or whatever other sugary drink is a personal choice and shouldn't be taxed - however, similar taxes have always been applied to alcohol and tobacco (among others) in most parts of the world.

Backed by a mountain of scientific evidence, the World Health Organization says that society needs to curb its consumption of sugar to fight the upcoming obesity pandemic - and this is where the sugar tax comes in.

Leading brands in the United Kingdom, such as Fanta, Ribena and Lucozade, have cut the sugar content of drinks.

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