New Nandos drinks change means sugary free refills will get banned

Nando's is known for its PERi-PERi chicken and delicious sides.

Fans who dine at the popular chain can also enjoy the perks of free refills while tucking into their food.

Currently customers pay between £3.25 and £3.45 to get unlimited top-ups of Coca Cola, Fanta and Sprite Zero.

But from October 1 this year, diners will be charged extra if they want to get a refill of a classic Coca Cola.

This is because the government is set to ban free refills of high sugar drinks in a bid to tackle the UK's obesity problem.

So the products which are high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) will be targeted.

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A Nando's spokesperson 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."

Drinks such as Diet Coke and Coke Zero will still be available for refills.

Aaron Patel, Coca Cola European Partners in Great Britain strategic lead, has opened up about the new rules.

He 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."

Aaron added: "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. 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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