Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero move to cut sugar in festive drinks following backlash

By Gillian West | Social media manager

November 19, 2016 | 2 min read

Coffee chains including Caffe Nero and Starbucks have adjusted their festive drinks menus following a health backlash, with Costa Coffee axing its caramel fudge hot chocolate altogether after it was found to contain almost 27 teaspoons of sugar.

Part of a drive to reduce the amount of sugar in hot drinks by 25% before 2020, Costa Coffee has replaced 2015's caramel fudge hot chocolate with a mint hot chocolate which contains 40% less sugar.

According to findings from the Daily Mail, Starbucks has cut the sugar in its fudge hot chocolate by 19% this year with 4% less sugar in its gingerbread latte as well as a small reduction in sugar in its toffee nut latte.

In addition the chain has also removed its largest ‘venti’ size from menus.

In terms of Caffe Nero it has reduced the amount of sugar by 26% in its regular festive latte without cream. The sugar content of festive drinks is made up of two elements, a small amount of natural sugar - lactose - which is found in milk, with other sugar added for taste.

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At the same time Public Health England is also pushing for sugar to be reduced in other products including breakfast cereals, ice-cream and cake. Over the last year soft drinks brands including Lucozade, Orangina and Ribena; Irn-Bru and Coca-Cola have moved to tackle/voiced concerns over the forthcoming sugar tax.

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