Price of a gin and tonic is set to rise by more than 11p as sugar tax looms

Boris Johnson enjoys a gin and tonic in 2015. The price of the popular tipple could rise by more than 11p after the sugar tax comes in

Boris Johnson enjoys a gin and tonic in 2015. The price of the popular tipple could rise by more than 11p after the sugar tax comes in

Gin and tonic prices could rise by more than 11p as sellers pass on the cost of the sugar tax to customers.

Any soft drink with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml will be subject to the new levy from Friday, which aims to tackle childhood obesity. 

The move is expected to raise £240million for sports in primary schools.

Coca-Cola Classic, Red Bull and Pepsi will be targeted by the tax, while pure fruit juices and milk-based drinks are exempt, The Sunday Times reported.

But - in a bid to pass on the cost to consumers - bars, pubs and restaurants could raise the price of a gin and tonic by more than 11p.

Rum and cokes, Moscow mules and Black Russians could also face price hikes.

Tim Martin, chief executive of pub group JD Wetherspoon, will pass the cost of the tax to customers, raising the price of sugary drinks by about 10p.

'These sort of taxes harm pubs more than anyone else because a higher percentage of what they sell is drinks,' he told The Sunday Times.

A gin and tonic on the rocks. The new levy aims to tackle childhood obesity by taxing soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml

A gin and tonic on the rocks. The new levy aims to tackle

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