Coca-Cola must pay but milkshakes escape: we reveal the brands hit by 'sugar tax'

Milkshakes: milk-based drinks will be exempt from the new sugar tax
Milkshakes: milk-based drinks will be exempt from the new sugar tax

Milkshakes will be exempt from the forthcoming 'sugar tax' announced in today's budget - despite some of them containing more sugar than Coca-Cola.

Mars Flavoured Milk, for example, contains 12.8g of sugar per 100ml, while Frijj Chocolate Fudge Brownie has 12.9g. These compare to 10.6g in 100ml of Coca-Cola. While all of the sugar content of Coke is from added refined sugar, milk drinks contain a mixture of added and naturally occurring milk sugars. Semi-skimmed milk has 4.8g of sugar per 100ml.

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed today after months of speculation that the government plans to introduce a banded sugar tax on soft drinks from 2018. There will be two rates - a higher rate for drinks with 8g or more of sugar per 100ml, and a lower rate for those with 5-8g. But pure fruit juice and milk-based drinks will be excluded.

ProductSugar per 100mlTax band
Coca-Cola 10.6g Higher
Pepsi 11g Higher
Lucozade Energy Original 8.7g Higher
Ribena Blackcurrant (ready to drink) 10g Higher
Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic Juice Drink 11g Higher
Red Bull 11g Higher
Fanta Orange 6.9g Lower
Coca-Cola Life 6.7g Lower
Sprite 6.6g Lower
Frijj Strawberry 9.8g Exempt
Yazoo Banana 9.6g Exempt
Galaxy Milkshake 11.6g Exempt
Starbucks Cappuccino (ready to drink) 9.2g Exempt
Innocent Mango and Passion Fruit Smoothie 11g Exempt
Tropicana Orange Juice Smooth 10g Exempt
Diet Coke/Coke Zero/Pepsi Max 0 Exempt

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