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A spoonful of sugar...

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A spoonful of sugar...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32835245
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Campaign group Action on Sugar has welcomed Tesco's commitment to reduce added sugars by 5% per year in all their own-label soft drinks.

7up gets a mention too (bad but not the worst)
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7Up - 36.3g or 9 teaspoons
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Now I don't know of anyone (sane) that would sit down and consciously consume 6 to 13 spoonfuls of sugar, yet we think nothing of throwing a can of pop down our necks that contains similar without a second thought. Bonkers.
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Re: A spoonful of sugar...

it's very commendable of Tesco to take this action but to do so over 4 years  seems a very long time. Surely it could be done a lot quicker if they wanted to. At least other large supermarkets may be forced to follow them.
Dependent on the impact on sales maybe some of the branded drinks will follow as well.
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I think the reasoning behind the timescale is to allow their existing customer base to get used to the increased lack of sugar over time, essentially weaning them off it and to prevent them going to a sweeter variety from a competitor if the change is too distinct.
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Re: A spoonful of sugar...

I remember stopping taking sugar in my tea and coffee.
It took me a week to adjust Smiley
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Re: A spoonful of sugar...

Yes, but that was a conscious decision you made, and as a consequence you know the tea or coffee will taste different but when you buy something you like you expect it to taste the same over time which is why you buy it, so reducing the sugar in one go effectively makes a new product, one you probably would not buy because it's not the 'same taste'.
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Re: A spoonful of sugar...

Sorry Mook, my post wasn't intended as a direct response to yours.
I agree the public need weaning off sugar in a gentle manner.
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Re: A spoonful of sugar...

Haven't they also moved all the unhealthy stuff from right next to the checkouts and replaced it with healthy (and expensive) nuts, dried fruit etc?
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That might explain the huge dip in profits then, as an impulse buying sweetie muncher would baulk at the thought of healthy food never mind the cost  Grin
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Haven't they also moved all the unhealthy stuff from right next to the checkouts and replaced it with healthy (and expensive) nuts, dried fruit etc?

Hmmmm, manufacturers usually pay a premium to have their goods on the 'hotspots' in a supermarket! My old company certainly did when I was there!
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If firms were made to show the number of teaspoonfulls of sugar in their products that would be helpful to the consumer but costly to the company.
It annoys me to hear about mp's who are sponsored by various firms and influence decisions that are more in the firms interest than in the interests of the public whom they claim to represent.
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7Up - 36.3g or 9 teaspoons


Everyone always says i'm very sweet  Cheesy
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And others tell the truth!  Wink
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Re: A spoonful of sugar...

I'm pretty sure it was a "we care about your health" PR move:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27514077
I know that in the one down the street from us the sweets are a bit more in the depths so to speak.
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Re: A spoonful of sugar...

I gave up sugar in my tea back in the '74 Sugar Crisis.
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