Tax on sugary drinks is 'discriminatory', says PepsiCo CEO

Nooyi says the company is however creating products with less or no sugar

Nick James

Oh poor PepsiCo. Tough - excellent idea to tax sugary drinks.

However, drinks containing High Fructose Corn Syrup should be taxed even higher.


Nick - couldn't agree more - a policy designed as financial assistance to the grain belt in the US has led to hugely unhealthy processed foods proliferating on our supermarket shelves. Many people suffer from illnesses related to consuming too much corn syrup that can cripple you (I have been one) and few doctors seem willing to explicitly make the link. The food industry has huge financial firepower behind it for marketing, advertising, lobbying, research etc.. so the UAE government is right that the way to balance this out is to hit the companies and consumer in the pocket; education simply doesn't work quickly enough. The food industry is behaving the way the tobacco industry did in the 50s and 60s in the West and it needs strong government action to stop them.


I am aware what carbonated drinks contain, but they are definitely not as bad as cigarettes, alcohol and tobacco.
Some people like me do not consume alcohol or smoke or chew tobacco - but love carbonated drinks, and I am not obese.
Its all about balancing it with a healthy lifestyle and keeping healthy eating habits - with a bit of carbonated drinks. Having carbonated drinks is not the only reason for people becoming obese.


I don't think it's the carbonated drinks that are the problem. It's the sugar content in the drink that's an issue

Take away

Where do you stop, you have a choice, you do not have to buy these drinks . how about salt and sugar in tin foods and fast foods, is that being taxed , why just fizzy drinks. the fizzy soft drinks do have a large amount of sugar but one should just be careful and eat and drink sensibly.

Nick James

Yes, we should have a choice, but most food outlets in the UAE and other GCC countries do not give you a wide enough choice. they mainly limit the choice to Coke or Pepsi products, and normally have to sign a contract limiting them to what alternatives they can offer.

Go to a good restaurant in Saudi and see what a good selection of non-alcoholic drinks they offer.


The issue with carbonated soft drinks is not just the sugar, which in itself is a huge health concern. Even the low sugar products are full of nutritional garbage. Particularly the alternative sweeteners used.

Alan Thompson

I believe that a Can of Pepsi has around 15 (FIFTEEN) spoonfuls of sugar in it. That is a staggering amount of sugar and no wonder the World is becoming obese. Perhaps a large TAX might contribute to the Health Costs of dealing with obesity !!. Pepsi are only interested in money clearly.


sugar is one of the biggest health problems facing people today - the war was always on 'fat' being bad - but sugar is even worse. Companies like Pepsi, Coke etc are no better than the manufacturers of tobacco products with the damage to peoples health that result from their products.

Make these products less appealing by taxing the sugar content, and using the raised revenue to fund schemes to educate people about how to live healthy.

Also drinks with 'no sugar' but artificial sweeteners are not much better with the harm that aspartame does to people.

Water is the best - and if you want flavour then add natural flavourings like lemon, lime etc to give it that boost to your taste buds!

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