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Sugar taxes: The global picture in 2017

Sugar taxes: The global picture in 2017

By Lester Wan, Elaine Watson, Rachel Arthur

Sugar taxes have continued to gain momentum in 2017, but the introduction of new legislation is rarely straight-forward. We take a look at countries around the globe where sugar taxes have been making headlines this year.

Ribena recalled in Malaysia

Dateline Southeast Asia

Ribena recalled in Malaysia

By RJ Whitehead

The manufacturer of Ribena has recalled some batches of the fruit drink in Malaysia over a “manufacturing error”.

Win a boy band: Thailand’s drinks draw silly season gets under way

Dateline Southeast Asia

Win a boy band: Thailand’s drinks draw silly season gets under way

By RJ Whitehead

As temperatures begin soaring in Thailand, pulses will also start racing among soft drinks buyers tantalised by the big name prizes on offer once again this season, including cars and opportunities to meet their favourite boy bands.

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2016: The year of the sugar tax

By Richard Whitehead, Elaine Watson, Will Chu, Niamh Michail, Louis Gore-Langton, Rachel Arthur

Debate around sugar taxes has hit the limelight this year, with the controversial topic grabbing headlines around the globe.  

Study: Binge drinking increases likelihood of committing crime

This week Down Under

Study: Binge drinking increases likelihood of committing crime

By RJ Whitehead

Australian binge drinkers are up to three times more likely to commit crimes or engage in antisocial behaviour—though rates for these have been declining in all sections of society, except for baby-boomers.

Soda tax could cost 120,000 Indonesian jobs

Dateline Southeast Asia

Soda tax could cost 120,000 Indonesian jobs

By RJ Whitehead

Sweetened drinks shouldn’t even be subject to excise duty, never mind an elevated sugar tax, according to the Indonesian drinks industry.

Soft drinks losing their fizz among younger Australians

Soft drinks losing their fizz among younger Australians

By RJ Whitehead

Soft drink marketeers may need to reconsider their targeted advertising and replace volleyball-playing, festival-going twentysomethings with canasta-playing, arts-loving, Australians in their 40s, new research shows.

Coke or milk? A philosopher’s perspective

Soapbox

Coke or milk? A philosopher’s perspective

By Katherine Rich, CEO of the NZ Food & Grocery Council, and Julian Baggini

Food is a big part of all our lives not only providing sustenance, but enjoyment and a social experience. 

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