PepsiCo, Coco-Cola, and Several Other Companies Agree to Restrict Sugar Content in Soft Drinks in Singapore
Seven established and popular soft drink manufacturing companies including PepsiCo and Coco-Cola have decided to restrict the amount of sugar used while manufacturing soft-drinks in Singapore, as a part of the city-state’s movement to combat diabetes. Singapore is amongst the first countries in the Asian region to target highly sugared drinks, getting the country parallel to many western countries that have decided to reduce the health perils related to sugar consumption using measures like warning labels and taxes on soft drinks.
Universally, beverage manufacturing companies have been reworking on their recipes attempting to reduce the sugar content thus introducing more alternatives to satisfy progressively health-conscious customers. On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the ministry of health in Singapore stated that seven drinks manufacturing companies have signed and agreed with an industry pledge stating that by 2020, the companies would eliminate drinks that have more than 12 percent sugar content from their menu of sugar-sweetened soft drinks.
The companies that pledged to follow the rule include F & N Foods, Yeo Hiap Seng, Pokka, Nestle, Malaysia Dairy Industries, PepsiCo, and Coco-Cola. In an email to the reporters, Coco-Cola stated that, “to add up to the industry pledge, Coco-Cola in Singapore is offering an additional commitment to limit the use of sugar in its collection of sugar-sweetened drinks by 10 percent before 2020.”
The company also mentioned that it has been limiting the use of calories and sugar across its several brands and providing new and better options having no added sugar or minimum sugar content. According to the analysis done in 2016, per capita sugar consumption on daily basis from soft drinks had grown up to 6.08 grams since 2010 in Asian regions. Singapore stood at 11.99 grams, as per independent studies. Amongst all Asian nations, the Philippines have imposed heavy taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks, while India and Indonesia have constantly been considering similar levies.
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