Italy could be the next country to introduce new legislation around soft drinks

Italy could be the next country to introduce new legislation around soft drinks

Italy is considering introducing a new tax on soft drinks with added sugars and sweeteners, and on spirits, according to local reports.

A draft bill, due to be presented to the Italian cabinet on Friday (31 August), is expected to include plans to force manufacturers of soft drinks, with added sugar and sweetners, to pay a tax of EUR7.16 (US$8.99) per 100 litres for the next three years, La Repubblica reported. Spirits producers could face a tax of EUR50 per 100 litres. 

It is understood the tax would produce an extra revenue of EUR250m a year. 

Health minister Renato Balduzzi wants to gauge public reaction to the proposal before including it in a final version of the bill, which is aiming to reform Italy's health spending.

Earlier this year, France also introduced a EUR0.02 (US$0.03) per 33cl tax on high sugar soft drinks

New York City authorities are also planning to bring in a ban on large high sugar soft drinks from next year.