March 28, 2016 |
A chorus has emerged among those skeptical of Mayor Kenney's plan to tax soda in Philadelphia: Why single out one industry? "How about doughnuts? Things like that?" former Gov. Ed Rendell, the most recent to raise the point, said last week. "I'm a big consumer of Dunkin' Donuts, but why are they exempt?" Is the idea so outrageous? Not if you look around the world. While the United States has not embraced putting broad taxes on food and beverages, other governments have - and often in the name of health.
March 26, 2016
By Atif Bostic Prekindergarten, community schools, and renovated parks and recreation centers are critically needed services for underserved residents in Philadelphia. But the Kenney administration's plan to fund these important programs with a beverage tax - an unstable and declining revenue source - puts them in jeopardy before they even get started. Moreover, the proposed tax, which would dramatically increase the average grocery bill, would hurt the very families that these programs are designed to serve.
March 15, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney's administration expects to see a 55-percent drop in consumption of sugary drinks in the first year should its controversial taxing plan be approved. That is far lower than the sales drop-off estimated by the soda industry - a staggering 79 percent. Those differing projections, one of many economic factors the two sides diverge on, also lead to considerably different revenue projections for what is the first major proposal of Kenney's tenure. His administration, in new revenue projections released Monday, says the tax would reap $432 million over five years.
March 10, 2016 |
In the political battle that's just begun over his proposal to tax sugary drinks, Mayor Kenney broke bread last Saturday with leaders of Big Soda. Kenney pitched his proposal directly to some of the most influential people in the soft-drink world during a private lunch meeting in swank surroundings, the newspaper has learned. In a back room at Lacroix, the French restaurant on Rittenhouse Square, Kenney and three top aides met with local soda mogul Harold A. Honickman, a few representatives of the Coca-Cola Co., and the chief executive of the American Beverage Association.
March 7, 2016 |
Five years ago, when City Council last considered a soda tax, City Hall's corridors swelled with lobbyists bent on stopping it cold. Representatives of the beverage industry, grocery store owners, and interested unions all but camped out in Council offices, ready to hector members that the levy would kill jobs and unfairly burden the poor. The beverage industry was liberal in its spending, dropping big bucks on advertisements and outreach. "In one word? Intense," said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. "I've been through some giant public policy issues - school funding, hotels, paid sick leave.
September 11, 2013 |
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C. said Monday it had agreed to sell two soft drink brands to the Japanese company Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd. for $2.1 billion so it can focus on its pharmaceutical products. Glaxo, which is based in London and operates in Philadelphia and surrounding areas, said in February that it would look for a buyer for the drink brands, Lucozade and Ribena. Those brands, which are well known in the United Kingdom but not the United States, generated about $785.5 million in sales in 2012.
June 16, 2013 |
HANA, Hawaii - About 3:30 every afternoon, the Hertzes, Avises, and Budgets - a veritable red and white wave of compacts, convertibles, SUVs, and generic four-doors - surge out of town carrying thousands of day-trippers back to their glittering resorts in central and western Maui. They have experienced one of the highlights of any Hawaiian vacation - the drive along the Hana Highway, a 55-mile serpent of a road that runs past mountains half-hidden by mist, lava rocks pummeled by surf, slopes of giant green ferns, gardens of tropical plants in vibrant colors, and waterfalls tumbling out of rain forests.
August 24, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Two men were accused Thursday of selling an alcoholic beverage to unlicensed retail stores throughout New Jersey. Investigators with the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control said they found Extracto de Malta in at least 15 supermarkets and bodegas, mainly in Hispanic neighborhoods. It was on shelves among soft drinks and placed next to Malta, a carbonated nonalcoholic beverage, they said. The ABC accused Condal Distributors of the Bronx, N.Y., of putting Extracto de Malta on the streets.
June 15, 2012 |
NEW YORK - New York City's Board of Health signaled strong support this week for the mayor's plan to fight obesity by banning the sale of large, sugary beverages at local restaurants. The proposal by Mayor Michael Bloomberg would prohibit licensed food-service establishments from using containers bigger than 16 ounces to serve high-calorie drinks like colas, lemonade, and punch. People would be free to buy another round, but restaurants couldn't serve the larger cups now so popular at fast-food eateries, movie theaters, and food courts.
June 11, 2012
By William Saletan Politicians are hypocrites. We know this from sex scandals: The lawmakers who preach loudest about chastity are often the ones who later get caught using hookers or cheating on their wives. In recent years, the chastity movement has turned from sex to junk food. But the hypocrisy hasn't changed. Take the hero of the food temperance movement, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has banned trans fats, pressured companies to reduce salt, and mandated public calorie counts at restaurants.