Sugar tax is coming

From 6th April 2018 a new tax - the Soft Drinks Industry Levy comes into force.

Will the sugar tax affect me?

If you drink Coca-Cola, Pepsi Regular or Red Bull from one of our vending machines then the answer is yes. It also affects products such as Monster, Mountain Dew, 7 UP and Coca-Cola Cherry.

As part of the Government’s focus on tackling the rising levels of obesity, the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (or sugar tax as it has become known) comes into force on 6th April 2018.

This levy applies to producers of soft drinks containing 5g of added sugar or more per 100ml. The price of these products will therefore increase, and the Government hope it will encourage consumers to choose lower sugar alternatives.

Most manufacturers have re-formulated their high sugar drinks so that they have less added sugar and now fall below the levy limit. The selling price on these products will not change.

Where manufacturers have chosen to stick to their original recipe - including products such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi Regular and Red Bull - the price of these drinks in Selecta vending machines will increase by 10p for cans and from 15p for bottles. 

We are highlighting this price change on our machines as the examples below show.


Selecta UK - 28 March 2018 (photos 6 April)