Sugar tax

  1. Food giants 'zoning in' on health-conscious parents

    BBC Radio 5 Live

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    It’s a mixed day for the food giants, with Nestle abandoning its low sugar chocolate range on weak sales, while Unilever is going to stop marketing its products to children to combat obesity.

    Maike Currie, investment director at Fidelity International, says companies are trying to capitalise on our rapidly changing consumer habits.

    “Companies are zoning in on being seen as more healthy and not targeting children, but of course its parents who go and buy these for the children so it’s an educational thing," she told Wake up to Money.

    “I do think consumption habits are changing vastly, whether it's Nestle looking at its plastic water bottles because people are becoming much more conscious about the environment and their business is suffering, or it's about reducing sugar in its products."

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    Video caption: How the government raises money from you to pay for the services you use.

    Steph McGovern explains how the government raises money from you to pay for the services you use.

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    Video caption: Sports Minister Mims Davies on whether she backs keeping the sugar tax

    Sports Minister Mims Davies on whether she backs keeping the sugar tax

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    Video caption: Boris Johnson on milkshake tax

    Boris Johnson has told a leadership hustings in Exeter that he wants to see more work done on getting children to exercise rather than introducing a sugar tax for milkshakes.

  5. Hands off my sweets!

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    Video caption: Why making low-sugar versions of childhood favourites is so tricky

    Why making low-sugar versions of childhood favourites is so tricky

  6. 'Debate about sugar levels'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

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    Toby McKeever, interim chief operating officer of Lucozade Ribena Suntory, has been speaking to Radio 5 Live's Wake Up To Money about the company's decision to reduce sugar levels in its drinks two years ago.

    He said the changes to reduce sugar were underway before the sugar tax was introduced last year.

    Sales of Lucozade Energy are up 5%, Lucozade Sport up by 14% and Ribena Light up 6% since the sugar tax was introduced.

    "There's a big debate in society about health and about sugar levels. We have to make that sure we keep the conversation balanced. We talk a lot about calories in being the issue but an equal issue is calories out".