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Budget 2016: How much your favourite drinks will cost after the sugar tax comes in

The levy is being introduced to tackle the obesity crisis 

Kashmira Gander
Wednesday 16 March 2016 17:37 GMT
(JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a new sugar tax on soft drinks in the 2016 Budget, as the Government attempts to combat the childhood obesity crisis.

The measure will put soft drinks into two bands: one for products containing 5g of sugar and above per 100ml, and one for those with 8g per 100ml.

The levy will be imposed at a rate of 18p or 24p per litre, respectively, according to which band the drink falls into.

It will also be assessed according to the volume of sugar-sweetened drinks produced or imported by manufacturers.

Mr Osborne told the House of Commons that the levy will be introduced in two years in order to allow firms time to change their ingredients.

Cans of Coca-Cola contains 35g of sugar per can, or seven teaspoons (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Considering that soft drink cans contain 330ml of liquid, drinks in the upper band will be approximately 8p more expensive per can, 12p for a small bottle and 40p for 1.75litre bottles.

Drinks that fall into this category include: original non-diet Coca-Cola and Pepsi drinks which contain around 35g per 330ml can, Old Jamaica ginger beer at 52.8g, Capri Sun blackcurrant with 24g per 220ml, and Red Bull at 27.5g per 250ml can.

Containing 27g of sugar per 250ml diluted serving, Ribenna will also be included, as well as Lucozade Energy at 12g per 100ml, Irn-Bru at 10.3g per 100ml, and Fever Tree tonic water, with 7.8g of sugar per 100ml.

Products that fall into the lower category would cost around 6p more per can.

The lower rate would catch drinks such as Dr Pepper, with 18g of sugar per 250ml serving, Fanta, containing 23g sugar per can, Sprite at 22g per can, as well as Schweppes Indian tonic water at 5.1g per 100ml, and alcohol-free shandy.

However, other popular drinks will not be taxed including: Volvic Touch of Fruit, Vimto, Powerade and Tropicana Smooth Orange.

Fruit juices and dairy drinks would be exempt, as well as products by small manufacturers.

Additional reporting by PA

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