They knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make Berkeley’s new soda tax any easier to swallow. Among retailers and restaurants, there is confusion about who is supposed to pay new 1 cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages.
San Francisco could become the first city in the country to require warning labels on advertising for soda and other sugary beverages.
Less than three months after Berkeley voters approved a tax on sugary drinks, two ‘dollar’ stores have pulled sodas off store shelves.
Shoppers at a store on the border of Oakland and Berkeley has missed a new tax on sugary beverages by inches.
The Coca-Cola beverage company alone spent nearly $6 million.
Voters on both sides of the Bay went to the polls Tuesday to decide decide whether they wanted a tax on their Cokes, Pepsis and other sugary soft drinks.
San Francisco and Berkeley both have soda-tax measures on their ballots in next week’s election, but it’s being described as a “David vs. Goliath” battle with all the money being poured into the campaign by the beverage industry.
California may not have the hotly contested, high-profile races for U.S. Senator or governor that some other states do this year, but it’s still attracting some of the biggest campaign spending in the country.
The first-of-its-kind study suggests that soda may be aging us, in ways we are not even aware of.
The campaign over San Francisco and Berkeley’s so-called ‘soda-tax measures’ is taking on a David versus Goliath theme with the amounts of money being invested.