Tag Archives: beverage

California Passed Nation’s First Kids’ Meal Bill

In another effort to limit consumption of sugary drinks, California passed Senate Bill 1192, the nation’s first statewide kids’ meal bill. The bill requires that water, sparkling water, flavored water, unflavored milk, or a nondairy milk alternative are the default beverage in kids’ meals, instead of soda or other sugar sweetened beverages. The bill does … Continue Reading

Will Pennsylvania Join Other States in Banning Local Soda Taxes?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages approved by the Philadelphia city council in 2016 (see previous blogs here, here and here for background information on that tax and court challenges to the tax). Opponents of the tax had argued that the tax violated Pennsylvania’s Sterling Act of 1932, which prohibits … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania House Committee Passes Soda Tax Preemption Bill (subscription to Law360 required)

As previously covered on this blog, Philadelphia enacted a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on distributors of sweetened beverages (including soda and diet soda, non-100% fruit drinks; sports drinks; flavored water; energy drinks; pre-sweetened coffee or tea; and non-alcoholic beverages intended to be mixed into alcoholic drinks) as a revenue generating measure to fund local health and education needs. … Continue Reading

United Kingdom’s Sugar Tax on Beverages Takes Effect

On April 6, 2018, the United Kingdom’s sugar tax on sodas and soft drinks took effect. As previously reported on this blog, several cities in the United States already tax soft drinks, as do countries like Mexico, France, and Portugal. The Soft Drinks Industry Levy applies to non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., under 1.2% ABV) with added … Continue Reading

Microalgae Becoming Major Player in Food Production

Microalgae can be used to make powder, oil, butter and flour and is incorporated into all types of food products, including baked goods, burgers, beverages, ice cream, infant formula or snacks. Food Dive reports that a number of leading food manufacturers are incorporating microalgae into their products.  For example, Mondelez is using it in some … Continue Reading

CSPI Refiles Lawsuit Alleging Coca-Cola and ABA Deceived Consumers on Health Risks

As background, on January 4, 2017, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer-advocacy group, filed a complaint claiming that Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association (ABA) misled consumers regarding the health risks of consuming sugary drinks such as soda.  The lawsuit specifically takes issue with Coca-Cola and the ABA’s emphasis on “calories in, calories … Continue Reading
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