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Wednesday October 30, 2013 MYT 10:34:00 AM
Wednesday October 30, 2013 MYT 11:02:17 AM
by beh yuen hui AND christopher tan
KUALA LUMPUR: Coffee shop and restaurant operators say they will consider setting a lower price for sugar-free beverages.
Malaysia Singapore Coffee Shop Proprietors’ General Association president Ho Su Mong said that a win-win solution for operators and consumers had to be worked out.
He said he could foresee the cost of sugar-related ingredients like milk and syrup going up as well after the price for refined sugar is adjusted to RM2.84 per kg following the removal of the 34 sen subsidy.
Since unsweetened beverages and products were not directly affected by the sugar price hike, the association – which has nearly 30,000 members – would consider lower prices for them, Ho said.
“We have to do some calculations and find the best solution. We are monitoring the impact of the sugar hike before adjusting prices,” he said, adding that 1kg of sugar can make about 35 cups of coffee.
Ho said he had told association members to maintain the current prices for about two months until new prices were decided on.
Meanwhile, the National Co-operatives Organisation urged its members in the food business to charge lower for drinks without sugar.
Its president Datuk Abdul Fattah Abdullah said: “We encourage our members involved in selling food to lower the prices of drinks without sugar since the Government wants people to be healthy.
“We have our ethics, and members are not allowed to sell products that harm people’s health.”
Abdul Fattah said the organisation had 10,700 members but he did not know how many were involved in the food business.
In George Town, the Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association said its 3,000-odd members nationwide would not increase prices for the time being.
Association president Noorul Hassan Saul Hameed added: “We understand that the consumers are already struggling to cope with the inflation and we do not want to burden them further.
“But the members cannot be selling drinks at a loss. We will hold a meeting soon to discuss prices.”
Federation of Penang Hawkers Associations president Lam Tong Ying said it was “troublesome” for the 3,000 or so members to come up with a new list of prices.
“I hope our members will not increase drink prices even after the subsidy removal.
“After all, we do not use much sugar in our drinks,” he added.
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