Discussion in 'Budget 2018' started by Brendan Burgess, Oct 10, 2017.
30 cents per litre on drinks
20 cents 5 - 8 grams for mil
Question - was there any mention of this applying to alcoholic beverages?
In the UK - and my understanding is that we are introducing this in parallel to them - the following criteria were noted:
Pure fruit juices will be exempt as they do not carry added sugar, while drinks with a high milk content will also be exempt because of their calcium content.
Alcoholic drinks with an alcohol by volume of up to 1.2 per cent are included in the levy although some of these drinks will be exempt.
Unintended consequences for Type 1 diabetic children like my son. We have tins of sugary 7up everywhere so we have 100mls handy to treat low blood sugar.
Maybe they will spend the sugar tax on modernising the glucose monitoring available on the long term illness scheme so we don't have to fork out €60 a fortnight for a sensor for his digital glucose monitor. Here's hoping....
how will this be collected?
Will it be at wholesale or retail level?
I would like any beverages that are to be taxed, to also carry some form of extremely visible "health warning" or other obvious symbol or colouring on the bottle or can (much in the same way as tobacco carries a health warning).
Make it nice and easy for the consumer to tell which drinks are taxed and have significant sugar, and which ones do not.
After all, this is for our health and not just to bring in more tax ... right ?
An interesting graph on the Indo website
So no change in the price of Lucozade
Fanta will go up by 20 cents per litre
Coke will go up by 30 cents per litre.
I presume that some of them will reduce their sugar to below the 5gm and 8 gm threshold.
I think Lucozade already reformulated to get ahead of the game:
Verdict: "It tastes nasty".
'Tis awful .... I loved my Lucozade. Since they changed the taste/formula I gave up buying it.
It's not the same product anymore. It's worse than nasty.
I can't understand why drinks like orange need to be sweetened with 10g sugar - I don't put sugar on my peeled orange.
What would coke taste like with no sugar ( or the unknown added alternative in coke zero). What would real coke taste like with say only 3g of sugar/100ml ?
I hope they all do Mr. Burgess, but odds are some will not.
Mixers for alcoholic beverages have the potential to hit consumers hard.
In truth I don't think I'd notice the difference between a ginger ale or tonic water with a lower sugar content. Hopefully the pubs will make the effort and source the lower sugar options, rather than just go for the lazy option and stick up the prices (along with a little extra for themselves), then conveniently blame the government.
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