From the sugar tax to the rise in veganism and plant based eating these are the top food news stories that have caught our eye this week.

Daily MailSugar tax hits the middle classes! Fans of posh fizzy drink Sanpellegrino complain it ‘tastes like betrayal’ after manufacturers CHANGED the recipe to avoid a financial hit.

Evening StandardThe editor of Waitrose Food magazine William Sitwell has resigned amid outrage at his comments about killing vegans. Mr Sitwell came under harsh criticism after he made the crude remarks, where he suggested “killing vegans, one by one”. In a statement, issued by the supermarket chain, Waitrose said it believed it was “the right and proper move”.

The guardianButter nonsense: the rise of the cholesterol deniers. A group of scientists has been challenging everything we know about cholesterol, saying we should eat fat and stop taking statins. This is not just bad science – it will cost lives, say experts.

Sky newsOne third of Brits cutting down on meat, Waitrose survey finds. One in eight people identify as vegetarian or vegan, and 60% of those who cut out meat and dairy did so in the last five years.

IndependentBritain’s vegan boom: A third have reduced or stopped eating meat, according to Waitrose.

One of the UK’s biggest tea brands is launching a plastic-free tea bag, instead switching to a new material made from bananas.

The-Times-logoEating fishfingers helps save the seas. Choosing to eat fishfingers is good for the oceans, according to research. They often come from more sustainable sources than fresh fish, the study by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) found.