The APPG for Diabetes held an evidence session at the House of Commons on Wednesday 18th of January 2017 into industry initiatives to take action on sugar.
Evidence was heard from Mark Saxon, Head of Public Affairs at Coca Cola UK, Will Blomefield, Head of UK Government Relationship at Tesco, Tim Rycroft, Corporate Affairs Director at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Michelle Norman, Head of External Affairs and Dr. Caroline Saunders, Head of Nutrition at Lucozade Ribena Suntory. Written evidence was also submitted to this inquiry by PepsiCo.
As much of the success of the Childhood Obesity Plan depends on the industry’s initiatives, witnesses were clear that there are big limits to what they would be able to do unilaterally. How this will impact the accomplishment of the plan remains to be seen.
The APPG for Diabetes will continue to monitor and comment on this very important area of policy. The next meeting on this topic will be held in October, one year from the Childhood Obesity Plan.