Drink companies pledge sugar reduction but health call for more
The Australian Beverages Council is the peak body, for the non-alcoholic beverages industry, has announced a plan to reduce the amount of sugar in their products by 20 per cent by 2025.
Companies like Coca-Cola Amatil, PepsiCo and Fructor Suntory will apply this reduction across a range of drinks including carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, juice and fruit drinks and ready-to-drink coffees in a bid to support "healthier lifestyles", while health and medical fields have called for more extensive reductions.
The Rethink Sugary Drink alliance, which includes the Australian Dental Association, would prefer to see more genuine reformulation efforts. Presently a 600 ml of Coca-Cola contains 16 teaspoons of sugar, even a 20% sugar decrease would still mean more than 12 teaspoons of sugar – which is still over the daily World Health Organisation recommendation.
In preference to this industry initiative, Rethink Sugary Drink is calling on the Federal Government to implement a 20 per cent health levy on sugary drinks as part of a comprehensive strategy to tackle poor dental health and obesity-related issues.