Australia’s biggest drinks businesses report 7% sugar reduction

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The largest beverage companies in Australia have collectively announced a 7% reduction in sugar in the first progress report on the industry’s sugar reduction pledged.

Companies including Coca-Cola Amatil and PepsiCo Australia have contributed to the reduction in sugar across their portfolios, and more drinks companies are expected to join in the future.

In June 2018, with the support of the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Australia’s non-alcoholic beverage industry committed to reduce sugar across the industry by 20% by 2025.

KPMG has provided the first report on the industry’s progress towards the sugar reduction goal and today this has been shared with the Australian Government.

“The industry is achieving its intended sugar reduction targets and is already more than one third of the way towards reducing sugar by 20 per cent by 2025, but there’s still a lot of work ahead of us,” said Geoff Parker, CEO of the Australian Beverages Council.

Congratulating the industry at an announcement at Parliament House, Minister Hunt said: “The partnership between the industry and the Morrison Government is a clear sign that collaborative solutions are available to tackle the complex issue of obesity by encouraging healthy diets.”

The Australian Beverages Council said it will continue to consult widely with a range of health, industry, supplier and government stakeholders to increase understanding of the commitment.