Sugar tax: What’s been the outcome so far?
Sugar tax: What’s been the outcome so far? Could Lo Han Guo/Monk Fruit be the new sugar?
Back in April we wrote about how a sugar tax in the UK had recently been implemented for soft drinks (read here). Therefore we thought we’d give you a little update 6 months on to see how this has progressed…
How revenues from Sugar tax will boast funding in over 1,700 schools..
Today we found on the UK government website that so far, soft drink manufactures have paid an extra £153.8 million in tax since April! That’s great news and even better news is just how this money is going to be spent. One of the ways in which it will be spent is to boost funding for breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools. This money will also be used to support pupil health and well-being programmes such as primary physical education and Sport premium.
And if the sugar tax on soft drinks wasn’t enough, Public Health England (PHE) have also announced today that more is needed to be done to tackle food manufactures adding high amounts of sugar in foods. Their concerns have been sparked due to an overwhelming response from a recent survey whereby consumers expressed that they would like the food industry to reduce sugar by 20% in everyday foods.
Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist of PHE said, ‘severe obesity in 10-11 year olds is at an all time high. Plans to improve the nations’ diet are often described as ‘nanny state’ interference, but it’s clear people want healthier food and they expect the industry to play their part in this.’ It’s pleasing to hear that those involved within PHE are making a stance to shake up the food industry. Consumers are mislead all the time on certain foods so it’s great to see the government is finally noticing that we need to start with the source of the problem.
It appears as though it’s going to be another intriguing year for the Sugar industry in 2019 and hopefully an even more exciting year for the lo han guo / monk fruit market 🙂