Nando’s has announced a change to its drinks rules and it will apparently come into effect on October 1.
The chain, which is famous for its peri-peri chicken and refillable soft drinks, has revealed that diners will now have to ‘pay extra’ if they want refills of ordinary Coca-Cola.
According to a Nando’s spokesperson, the change has been made due to government legislation.
They reportedly said: “We will change our Classic Coke proposition in line with HFSS Government legislation due to come in October 2022, all lower sugar and zero sugar drinks are not affected.”
It’s believed the move has come as the government aims to crack down on unhealthy eating.
Aaron Patel, strategic lead of Coca-Cola European Partners in Britain strategic lead, says the new rules are likely to have a ‘significant impact’.
He reportedly said: “The impact for those businesses is likely to be significant. Restrictions on multibuys will apply across all of these stores on 15 food and drink categories if products are HFSS.
“And depending on store footprint, these products will no longer be able to be placed at the front of store, checkout or gondola end.
“Assessing store footprint, to determine if you meet the 2,000 square feet threshold, is critical to determining impact.”
He continued: “Soft drinks is ahead of other categories, having reduced sugar by more than 17% since 2017.
“And that’s been achieved while delivering 15% volume growth in the same period – proof of sustained consumer demand for no and low sugar options, and for recipes that have successfully been reformulated and still taste great, like Fanta for example.
“The net result of all this is that almost three-quarters of soft drinks value sales already come from HFSS-compliant products – significantly more than other HFSS categories, many of which are still far below even 10%.”
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