Tesco has opened a new front in the battle against sugary drinks.
The Telegraph reports that the UK supermarket chain will stop selling popular brands of non-carbonated drinks made to fit in children’s lunch boxes, including Capri Sun and Ribena. It will replace these drinks with no-sugar-added options under the company’s own label. The changes will come in September, just as kids are going back to school.
The news comes shortly after a new study was published in the medical journal BMJ finding a strong link between sugary drinks and type 2 diabetes in adults. It attributed 80,000 cases of type 2 diabetes a year in the UK to sugary beverage consumption and estimated the per-person cost at $3,994.