Association of a beverage tax on sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages with changes in beverage prices and sales

Research was carried out in Philadelphia, US to study the ssociation between a beverage excise tax on sugar-sweetened and artifically sweetened beverages implemented in 2017 and changes in beverage prices and volume of sales. Results showed that there was a significant increase in beverage prices and a significant reduction in volume of sales of the taxed beverages.

The main findings included:

  • The tax was associated with significant increases in price-per-ounce of 0.65 cents at supermarkets, 0.87 cents by mass merchandise stores, and 1.56 cents at pharmacies.
  • Total volume sales of taxed beverages in Philadelphia decreased by 1.3 billion ounces after tax implementation (51%), but sales in Pennsylvania border zip codes increased by 308.2 million ounces, partially offsetting the decrease in Philadelphia’s volume sales by 24.4%.
Posted: 16/05/2019 12:50:49 by Deirdre Brennan
Filed under: Artificially-sweetened beverages, Sugar-sweetened beverages, Tax


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