NYC Soda Ban Sued By Businesses, Beverage Groups Including National Restaurant Association

NEW YORK — Soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses sued Friday to try to block the city’s unprecedented move to restrict sales of super-sized, sugary drinks, an effort the city called a coup for public health but the industry views as unfair and undemocratic.

“For the first time, they’re telling New Yorkers how much of certain safe and lawful beverages they can drink,” said Caroline Starke, a spokeswoman for the business groups, whose complaint also faults the city for making the decision through an unelected board. The groups include the American Beverage Association, the National Restaurant Association, a soft drink workers union and groups representing interests ranging from movie theater owners to Korean-American grocers. Continue reading “NYC Soda Ban Sued By Businesses, Beverage Groups Including National Restaurant Association”

Hold The Ice: Rhetoric Gets Hot Over New York’s Big Soda Ban

Ever since New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he plans to ban big sodas from the streets of New York City to address the city’s obesity problem, drink companies, soda fans, and libertarians have been wanting to treat him like a Glee kid and give him a big Slushee in the face.

Well, they are getting their chance today, at least in theory. The New York Board of Health just launched a public hearing on the proposed ban this afternoon, but many haven’t waited until today to make their feelings known. Continue reading “Hold The Ice: Rhetoric Gets Hot Over New York’s Big Soda Ban”