The Portuguese government has said it will not be “blackmailed” after Coca-Cola announced that it has suspended a €40 million expansion project at its Refrige factory in Palmela due to the new “sugar tax” included in the 2017 State Budget. Coca-Cola deems the levy “unconstitutional” and says it poses “unfair discrimination” as some national beverage producers won’t be subjected to it. As i newspaper explains, the tax will impose a 16.46 cent price hike on every litre of soft drink. In other words, a can of Coke (33cl) will become 5.5 cents more expensive.
Coffee chains including Caffe Nero and Starbucks have adjusted their festive drinks menus following a health backlash, with Costa Coffee axing its caramel fudge hot chocolate altogether after it was found to contain almost 27 teaspoons of sugar.
SUPERMARKET giant Waitrose will slash sugar levels in almost 30 of its own-brand cereal to help combat obesity levels, it emerged today. A total of 27 own-brand cereals will see average sugar content reduced by 15 per cent. Family favourites such as rice pops, malted wheats and multigrain hoops will all have lower sugar levels with some products, such as bran flakes, seeing sugar content down by 30 per cent. This success means more than 90 tonnes or 22.5 million teaspoons of sugar a year will have been taken out of the supermarket’s own label cereals.
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The crackdown on sugar continues. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition in the UK has recommended that people reduce their daily consumption of added sugar so that it makes up around 5% of the average dietary energy intake, reports Matthew Limb.