TV chef Jamie Oliver is given legal warning over sugar tax health fight

Jamie wants to slap a 10p tax on all added sugar drinks – but his initiative could risk breaching competition rules.

As published in the Daily Record 13 September 2015

Experts have warned the ­initiative risks breaching competition rules.

The TV chef has met other restaurant bosses urging them to follow his lead in slapping a 10p tax on all added sugar drinks.

So far two other firms, Leon and Abokada, have rallied to the call. But ­lawyers say it could be seen by the ­Competition and Markets Authority as price fixing.

Dominic Watkins, from law firm DWF, said: ­“Discussions about selling price between businesses at the same level of the supply chain carry a significant risk of being anti-competitive.

“A breach of competition law can result in fines and imprisonment.”

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Dominic Watkins

Partner - Head of Food Group

I am Head of DWF’s internationally renowned food sector group as well as being Head of Regulatory in London.