Ad restrictions, tax on sweetened drinks not a good solution: Coca-Cola

As part of a pledge with other giants in the beverage industry last year, Coca-Cola Singapore made a commitment to not have drinks with more than 12 per cent sugar in its range of sugar-sweetened beverages by 2020.
As part of a pledge with other giants in the beverage industry last year, Coca-Cola Singapore made a commitment to not have drinks with more than 12 per cent sugar in its range of sugar-sweetened beverages by 2020. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Soft-drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola supports Singapore's fight against diabetes but does not think that imposing advertising restrictions on sugar-sweetened beverages or taxing them is a good solution.

A company spokesman said: "We are taking steps to help people reduce the amount of sugar they consume, such as reducing the amount of sugar in many of our products, introducing more beverages with lower or no sugar, offering smaller packages, and providing more straightforward, accessible nutrition information."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2018, with the headline 'Ad restrictions, tax on sweetened drinks not a good solution: Coca-Cola'. Print Edition | Subscribe