Drinks Sector News

Race is on for energy drinks ban

An end to the sale of energy drinks to children moved a step closer last month. What’s happened and is this good news? DON’T READ THE LABEL. Under current EU labelling rules, any drink, other than tea or coffee, that contains over 150mg of caffeine per litre requires a warning label saying: “High caffeine content.…
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Soft drinks levy a “double success”

The three-tier levy on sugar-sweetened drinks has achieved its aim. In fact, it’s been a “double success” that could provide a model for future sugar policies, according to an opinion piece published in the British Medical Journal. Firstly, products have been reformulated: two soft drinks of public health significance remain subject to the highest levy,…
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Soft drinks prices set to spike

The price of sugary soft drinks is set to increase from 6 April as the government’s soft drinks levy comes into effect. The new levy requires manufacturers to pay 18p per litre to the government for products with a total sugar content of five grams or more per 100 millilitres, and 24p per litre for…
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Gove shows bottle on drinks waste

DEFRA will launch a deposit return scheme for empty drinks containers but campaigners still have a fight on their hands, says David Burrows. A deposit return scheme (DRS) for plastic, glass and metal drinks containers will be launched in England, the government confirmed on Wednesday. Details of the scheme remain scant – there will be…
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