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Govt aiming to 'stop bread basket poison'

A CABINET minister yesterday pledged to “stop poisoning our people” by totally changing the Government’s ‘breadbasket’ food line-up in time for the 2018-2019 Budget year.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Tribune Business that the Minnis admini

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Concern over margins on new breadbasket items

Supervalue’s owner says retailers will have to ‘wait and see’ what margins are allowed on the items to be added to the breadbasket list, noting if the low grocery margins are used for such perishable items it could force smaller retailers out of business.

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‘Breadbasket’ food reforms to coincide with new budget

The long-awaited changes to the government’s “breadbasket” food line-up will likely “coincide” with the upcoming 2019-2020 budget, the minister of health has confirmed.

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New healthy items set for breadbasket list

NEW healthy items will soon be added to the country’s breadbasket item list, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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Breadbasket food revisions targeted for January 2019

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the promised revision to the country’s 45 year-old breadbasket goods line-up will likely occur in January 2019.Dr Duane Sands, pictured, minister of health, told Tribune Business that a public consultation tour over

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Breadbasket food changes 'delayed but not derailed'

The Minister of Health yesterday admitted said the promised revision to the country’s 45 year-old breadbasket foods line-up has been “delayed but not derailed”.Dr Duane Sands told Tribune Business the revisions will not be in place in when the breadb

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Super Value chief eyes 2/3 VAT collection slash

Super Value’s owner yesterday predicted that the supermarket chain’s VAT take will be slashed by two-thirds once the “breadbasket” food exemptions take effect on August 1.Rupert Roberts, pictured, told Tribune Business that the government will have t

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Prices overhaul in diet offensive

IN a bid to strengthen the fight against non-communicable diseases, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands revealed last night the adjustments that will likely be made to the price-controlled breadbasket list in the next fiscal year.

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Budget to force price rise for healthy foods

Food stores will likely hike their non-breadbasket food prices due to the impact the new VAT exemptions will have on consumer behaviour, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman is warning.Michael Maura told Tribune Business that the Budget effectively “in

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Sands ‘open to’ higher breadbasket margins

A Cabinet minister yesterday hinted the Government may permit higher margins than allowed by traditional price controls on its new “breadbasket” foods line-up due to the rise in perishables.

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Breadbasket items list to include healthier goods

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands has promised more healthy changes are on the horizon for the breadbasket list - after wide public consultation.Dr Sands underscored the Minnis administration’s commitment to fully vetting proposed changes, adding they w

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'Over 80%' of food products VAT-free

The Government yesterday urged consumers to be “patient” as they familiarise themselves with the VAT-free breadbasket, with the industry suggesting “80 percent” of products fall into this category.The Ministry of Finance, in a statement yesterday, sa

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Thoughts on the new National Breadbasket

THE only constant thing in life is change, and the time for changes to our approach for improving our nation’s nutrition status is now!

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Plans to reduce, not repeal VAT on common goods

IN yesterday’s Speech from The Throne, the new government said it will reduce value added tax on breadbasket items, as the Minnis administration also outlined plans to transform Over-the-Hill communities.

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Six stores found in breach of overpricing

SIX stores on Grand Bahama were found in breach of selling overpriced breadbasket items during an inspection by Price Control Commission officers in Freeport.

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Breadbasket review for healthier lifestyles

THE Ministry of Health is in the process of reviewing the current breadbasket food items list with the view of removing “unhealthy food” from this category and replacing them “with healthier options,” according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands who said the initiative could drastically improve the “horrible health profiles” of Bahamians.

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Campaign launched to educate Bahamians on VAT-free breadbasket items

PRICES Commission Chairwoman Syndia Dorsett said her office has embarked on an educational campaign to educate Bahamians on the country’s new list of breadbasket items and its VAT-free status.

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Ex-PM slams ‘heartless’ VAT breadbasket return

The former prime minister yesterday slammed the Davis administration’s decision to eliminate VAT-free breadbasket food items and medicine as “heartless and disgraceful”.

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Fiscal woes delay VAT’s ‘breadbasket’ removal

The Minister of Finance yesterday admitted that the Government has been forced to delay removing Value-Added Tax (VAT) from ‘breadbasket’ items and certain services, as the country’s fiscal woes required a more conservative approach.

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Price of eggs given all-clear - but price control commission on alert

NEWLY-appointed Chairman of the Price Control Commission E J Bowe and other representatives recently inspected prices of breadbasket items at various grocery stores in New Providence.

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