Danone boss calls for higher taxes on unhealthy food

Sunday, June 11, 2023
The boss of one of the UK's biggest food firms is calling for higher taxes on salty, fatty and sugary foods. Food producers had not "shown enough appetite to change", said James Mayer, who runs Danone in the UK and Irish Republic. The French firm is best known for its yoghurt brands, but also owns bottled water brands Evian and Volvic. He said only 10% of Danone's own products would be affected by what have been dubbed "sin" taxes. "The UK food industry's efforts to improve the health profile of its products have not moved fast enough," Mr Mayer said in comments first shared with the Observer newspaper. He said it was time for "meaningful intervention" by the government.
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