The Sugar Summit #SugarSummit

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A number of high profile retailers, charities and other stakeholders will come together to discuss ways of promoting the consumption of healthier food and drink at the Sugar Summit hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes. This follows an earlier summit at which the Sugarwise marque was first introduced in a parliamentary session attended by The Co-Operative, Sainsbury's, Caffe Nero, and Planet Organic and chaired by the RT Hon Keith Vaz.

More can be done to encourage greater uptake of healthy options beyond the government's current obesity plan and sugar tax. This includes a lower VAT rate for healthier food and drink as per the #DontTaxHealthy campaign, and retailer support in promoting healthier options by increasing their availability, such as in new product introductions.

We are shifting the focus of the debate towards positive steps to be taken to highlight healthier alernatives to sugary treats to consumers. A constructive conversation is expected.

Chair: Rt Hon Keith Vaz - Member of Parliament


Dr David Unwin, General Practitioner - Norwood Surgery

Lord Clive Brooke, Baron of Alverthorpe - House of Lords

Annie O’Leary, Editor in Chief - Netmums

Dr Giles Yeo, Principal Research Associate - University of Cambridge

Rend Platings, Chief Executive - Sugarwise


Making lower sugar options more (1) available, (2) affordable and (3) visible.

(1) Availability: Getting lower sugar options on shelves and menus

  1. How do we get more lower sugar options onto retailer shelves and restaurant menus? Best practice examples include McDonald's providing cut fruit bags as a dessert option in Happy Meals, and Aldi providing a range of lower and no added sugar options in confectionary.
  2. Challenges include the School Food Standards which advocate a pudding after lunch every day, and disallow fruit and vegetable juice mixes containing less than 45% fruit juice or sugar free flavoured water.

(2) Affordability: Making healthier options more affordable

  1. What evidence is there to suggest that price might be a barrier in affording healthier food and drink? The #DontTaxHealthy campaign advocates lowering VAT on lower sugar food and drink.What positive impact could a reconsideration of the VAT rates on food and drink have?
  2. What other initiatives taken by retailers, pubs and food service can drive positive change? eg., lower pricing on lower sugar drinks and food options on children's menus, a minimum price per unit in alcoholic drinks?

(3) Visibility: Highlighting lower sugar and healthier options

  1. How helpful is nutritional labelling such as calorie information in nudging people to make healthier choices? Are there any categories of food and drink exempt from the requirement to label?
  2. Alongside across the board mandatory labelling, might food and drink low in added sugars be highlighted in store and on shelf, as well as in food service?

Details: The event will run from 3-6pm

Admittance by invitation only and due to limited number of places, all guests will receive further confirmation prior to the event. This invite is non-transferable.


Entrance via Cromwell Green, please allow 30-45 minutes to clear security

Panellists at Sugar Summit 2016:

Kate Bull - Royal Voluntary Service

Meg Longworth - Compass Group

Jean Savigny - Keller & Heckman

Tam Fry - National Obesity Forum

Jenny Rosborough - Action on Sugar

Maurice Newton - CBL Drinks

Dr Aseem Malhotra - Consultant Cardiologist


Previous Summit attendees included representatives from:

Department of Health, Public Health England, Unite the Union, House of Lords, British Soft Drinks Association, Food and Drink Federation, Royal Voluntary Service, Compass Group, Tesco, Caffe Nero, Jamie Oliver Food Group, Association for Nutrition, Revital, Keller & Heckman, PLMR, National Obesity Forum, Action on Sugar, Children's Food Campaign, Whitworth's, Merisant, CBL Drinks, Diablo, Cavalier Chocolates, Plamil Foods, Euromonitor, Research Engine, Sweet Enough, Geraint Davies MP, Sensus, JimJam's, HeyLikeWow, Minioti Ice Cream, Britvic, Obesity Health Alliance, Zenith, Sustain, Public Health Collaboration, London School of Economics, Footprint, Connect Consulting, Total Health, Fools & Queens, Zeo, Intervene, Dash Water, Bryt, Squirrel Sisters, Keith Vaz MP, Lord Clive Brooke, APPG Diabetes Group, Sugar Snub, Allergy Show, Innocent ... and more.


Further information:

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Thanks to the APPG for Diabetes for hosting the Sugar Summit

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