Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

In the United Kingdom started to operate the tax on sugar

In the United Kingdom started to operate the tax on sugar

Manufacturers have bumped the prices of some of their best-selling soft drinks in response to the Government's move.

Research by Public Health England shows sugary drinks are the main source of sugar for teenagers and that many teenagers far exceed the recommended daily levels of sugar consumption.

The UK sugar tax comes into effect on Friday, joining a number of other countries, including Mexico, France and Norway, which have already introduced similar taxes on high-sugar drinks.

Sugar-sweetened soft drinks are the main source of the sugar that children consume.

"That said, there are clear health benefits to the whole population if we are all able to reduce the amount of free sugar in our diet".

From April 6, soft drinks companies will be required to pay a levy on drinks with added sugar.

Deloitte's John Stewart said the new commencement date still presented businesses with "a very short timeline to get to grips with the tax and understand, not alone the rules that apply to the tax, but also the commercial implications for their business". Nearly a third (31pc) report being unsure of which food and drink items are actually high in sugar.

Secondly, many companies are replacing sugar in soft drinks with artificial sweeteners.

The introduction of the sugar tax has been applauded by health campaigners. The tax is estimated to raise around £520million which will go to the Department for Education to fund sports in primary schools. Half of Britons said they would cut down on unhealthy foods and drinks if they were more expensive, according to a study from Mintel.

So how will it affect you, and the soft drinks you buy?

The new levy, which was announced in March 2016, will add £0.18 per litre on drinks containing 5g or more of sugar per 100ml, and £0.24 per litre on drinks containing 8g or more.

A special tax of 18 pence per litre will be imposed on soft drinks with sugar content higher than 5 g per 100 ml. As such, these fizzy drinks will cost customers that little bit more.

Other sweet drinks, such as Lucozade and Ribena, have slashed their sugar content to avoid the tax, and consumers are complaining that old favourites now taste vile.

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