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16 March 2016

Food industry response to the announcement of a sugary drinks tax in the Chancellor's Budget

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16 March 2016

Responding to the announcement of a sugary drinks tax in Chancellor's Budget, Ian Wright CBE, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation, the voice of the UK's largest manufacturing sector, said:

"We are extremely disappointed by today's announcement of a new tax on some of the UK's most successful and innovative companies. For nearly a year we have waited for an holistic strategy to tackle obesity. What we've got today instead is a piece of political theatre.

“The imposition of this tax will, sadly, result in less innovation and product reformulation, and for some manufacturers is certain to cost jobs. Nor will it make a difference to obesity. Many of those singled out today by the Chancellor have been at the forefront of efforts to provide consumers with healthy choices. The industry will now ask whether such efforts are still affordable."

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For further information contact FDF's press office on 0207 420 7118.

Notes to Editors

  • 57% of soft drink market is low or zero calorie, 5% mid calorie, 38% regular. Source: BSDA Annual Report

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