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As the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy comes into effect, Australian Beverages Council CEO Geoff Parker explains why industry must be involved in the search for better solutions to reduce chronic disease.

Many in the trade will have noticed that there are several taxpayer-funded or donor-supported organisations and individuals with less than benevolent sentiments towards the beverages industry – and it seems that number is rising.

For what was the salt and fat debate of the last two decades, has now been replaced by a sickly dispute on the use and consumption of sugar, and a rebuke of the beverages industry’s positive efforts to be part of the multi-faceted framework to reduce chronic disease and support healthier lifestyles.

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Yesterday Victoria recorded the country’s worst day in the Covid-19 pandemic, reporting 15 deaths and 725 new cases. Victoria also went into a period of extraordinarily strict lockdown as the state government scrambles to get the outbreak under control, forcing many businesses to shut their doors.

Pact Group, Cleanaway, and Asahi have entered a joint venture to build a $45m recycling plant in Albury/Wodonga. The facility will substantially increase rPET production in Australia.

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