Sugar Industry

UK move to cut sugar tax a good example, say SA producers

South African sugar producers were delighted to see that the new British prime minister, Liz Truss, plans to scrap the country’s sugar tax.

According to the Daily Maverick, the Times newspaper reported that Truss will be reviewing a number of anti-obesity measures, including the sugar tax, to help counter rising living costs.

This has already been used by South Africa’s sugar industry to strengthen its bid to have the 2018 tax scrapped in this country, too.

The SA Canegrowers Association repeated its claim that the sugar tax, officially a “health promotion levy” has cost 16 000 jobs and billions in profits, and that thousands more jobs are at risk. It says the tax is “nonsensical” and does not achieve its stated objectives.