International Sugar Journal

The Netherlands – Health Minister says no to sugar tax [Full subscriber]

The Dutch government will not introduce a tax on sugar in the near future because the effectiveness of such a measure has not yet been proven, and other agreements have been made with food firms on reducing sugar in soft drinks, health minister Paul Blokhuis has told members of parliament (MPs).

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Ethiopia plans to cut sugar tax ahead of privatizing sugar plants [Full subscriber]

Ethiopia plans to cut an excise tax on sugar to 20% from 33%, according to a draft law in parliament, proposing the move ahead of plans to privatize the sugar industry as part of a government drive to open up the economy, reported Reuters.

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UK – The Treasury pockets sugar tax cash [Full subscriber]

The new chancellor Sajid Javid has admitted that the taxes raised through the soft drinks sugar levy that was supposed to support children’s health will go to Treasury coffers, reported The Grocer.

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Thailand – Sugar tax hike to take effect from 1st October [Full subscriber]

The Excise Department is to levy a tax increase on sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) from the beginning of 1st October 1, according to local press reports. This the second round of taxes that the Thai government is levying on sugary drinks.

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South Africa – Sugar tax hurts the industry [Registered]

 A tax on sugary beverages that went into effect in April 2018 is straining the South African sugar industry. The industry is already buffeted by drought and a slump in global sugar price.

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South Africa – Tax on sugar-sweetened drinks came to effect in April [Registered]

Tax on sugar-sweetened beverages announced in 2016, came into effect on April 1st.

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Portugal – Sugar tax on soft drinks to be levied in 2017 [Registered]

Portugal’s government will introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks in 2017 which is expected to raise €80 million (US$88 mln) for the public health service, a budget bill presented on 14th October showed.

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UK to introduce selective tax on sugared soft drinks [Registered]

The rationale for sugar levy is that it aims to fight against childhood obesity, as high-sugar drinks, particularly fizzy drinks, are popular among teenagers.

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