Survey finds a desire for energy drinks to be taxed

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21st April 2015 10:08 - Food

A recent survey - on behalf of trade magazine, The Grocer - has found that around half (47 per cent) of British people would like a tax placedSurvey finds a desire for energy drinks to be taxed on energy drinks.

The survey also revealed that consumers are the most concerned about energy drinks above any other soft drink, in terms of the sugar content and the impact they can have on one’s health.

Critics have said that the combination of sugar and caffeine makes children hyperactive and difficult to control.

The findings revealed a strong support for those under 16 to be banned from buying energy drinks.

As well as energy drinks, there was significant support for carbonates and sports drinks to be taxed, with 39 per cent and 38 per cent believing they should be taxed respectively.

11 per cent of the respondents said that they were in favour of a tax on juice.

When looking at the survey as a whole, it can be seen that 45 per cent of agree with placing a tax on some form of sugary drink.

Action on Sugar, said of energy drinks: “Energy drinks have no part in children’s diets”.

Director General of the British Soft Drinks Association, Gavin Partington, said of the sugar debate: “The wider food and drink industry should be concerned to see a particular product singled out in this way. There is no evidence a tax on soft drinks impacts levels of obesity.”

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