Sunday 22 September 2019

Sugar is the new tobacco, says Ben Dunne

Businessman Ben Dunne
Businessman Ben Dunne

Gordon Deegan

BUSINESSMAN Ben Dunne is considering banning sugary soft drinks from vending machines across his gym network.

In an interview, Mr Dunne said he generates €10,000 a week from vending machines sales.

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But he added that "drinks with high sugar content are regarded as the new tobacco".

"This is not about profit at all costs. I don't believe these drinks are a bit healthy and I am very much in favour of not having them for sale in our vending machines."

Mr Dunne said that a decision will be made at the company's next board meeting.

Mr Dunne made his comments when confirming that his gym business recorded operating profits of €3.8m in the 12 months to the end of May last as revenues totalled €11m.

Mr Dunne said he expects to record an operating profit of €5m this year.

Mr Dunne said he doesn't take a salary from the business. He said: "I do this for fun." Accounts for Barkisland (Developments) Ltd, which covers a number of Mr Dunnes's gyms, show it repaid Mr Dunne €629,370 during the year.

Irish Independent

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