Skip to comments.Soda Makers Begin Their Push Against New York Ban
Posted on 07/03/2012 7:58:06 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Lobbyists from Coca-Cola and other big soda companies have met with mayoral candidates and City Council members. Canvassers hired by the beverage industry are stopping New Yorkers on the street to solicit signatures on petitions. Facebook and Twitter pages tell readers to say no to a #sodaban.
Confronting a high-profile attack on its fizzy products, the American soft-drink industry is beginning an aggressive campaign to fight New York Citys proposed restrictions on large servings of sugary drinks.
Hoping for a debate about freedom, not fatness, the industry has created a coalition called New Yorkers for Beverage Choices to coordinate its public relations efforts in the city. On Thursday, the group introduced its first radio spot, a one-minute advertisement featuring Noo Yawk-accented actors proclaiming, This is about protecting our freedom of choice.
This is New York City; no one tells us what neighborhood to live in or what team to root for, says the narrator, as Yankees and Mets fans shout in the background. So are we going to let our mayor tell us what size beverage to buy? Adds one Brooklyn-tinged voice: Its unbelievable!
The charge is being led by the industrys leading trade group, the Washington-based American Beverage Association, which has retained several powerhouse political consultants for the cause, including the strategists responsible for the Harry and Louise television advertisements that helped defeat President Bill Clintons health care plan in the 1990s.
The beverage association would not disclose its budget for the New York campaign, but Eliot Hoff, a spokesman for the coalition, said it was prepared to utilize whatever resources are necessary.
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Nanny State PING!
To be a good liberal, you have to understand that nanny state government is what liberalism is all about. Mayor Bloomberg knows what’s best for you.............
The only exception to this liberal rule is when it comes to sexual matters. Liberals are pro-choice on abortion. They are also pro-choice on any sort of sex practices, as a matter of personal freedom.
You have the freedom to have sex with any number of partners, and any gender of partners, and any combination of partners. You have the freedom to abort, but not the freedom to decide if you want a big gulp. That’s how liberalism and nanny statism works.
Hey New Yawk! Shut up and eat your broccoli!
Legal in New York
Illegal in New York
Quit selling soda in NYC. Quit selling anything in california. Quit selling tobacco and booze where heavy restrictions apply. Let those places deal with the angry people as a result. They brought it upon themselves. If you don’t like it, throw out the politcians who come up with these crazy ideas.
Bloomers is doing it all wrong. He should just enact a 90% tax on sodas over 8 ounces. New Yorkers love taxes.
I am watching the movie “Burp”, right now, documentary about Coke & Pepsi (1984)
Coke apparently kicked off swiftly during prohibition - I guess now we should just drink Moonshine
The phrase at the bottom - Anything Tasting good is banned (Latin)
Thanks for the ping!
They’ll just drive sugary sodas underground. People will start making their own soda again, as in days of old.
Sales of root beer extract will skyrocket.
In NYC they should sell "Nanny Cola" in 15.99 oz. bottles with mayor Jackass' face on the label.
First they came for the tobacco companies, but we don’t mfg tobacco so we did nothing.
Then they came for the foodmakers that used transfats, but we do not use transfats so we did nothing.
Then they came after salt companies, but we aren’t a salt company so we did nothing.
Now they are coming after us and we hope there are still enough interested people to stand up for us....
Sadly, they probably still don’t realize that this is a battle for freedom.
Really look at them.
Now try to tell me he's not stark, staring insane.
......see? You couldn't do it.
I think the whole soda product line is in danger, and it has nothing to do with Bloomberg (though his ban is absurd & illegal). Supermarkets sell this stuff so cheap because many young people know better than to drink it; often a 2 litre bottle from the aisles sells for less that a 20 oz. bottle by the register.
Soda is going the way of the buggy whip; the health craze is killing it. You will always have some customers, but it will never be the staple it once was. I love it, but notice a large number of people drinking something else whether in a restaurant, at a party, at work, wherever.
New York’s new motto: California here we come
Are diet soft drinks included in the volume ban?
Way around ban..
Sell the first 16 oz. in a 32 oz. cup.
Ask the customer if they would like their refill immediately. Add 16 oz. more.
While I agree with your analyses of soda’s competition, you’re ignoring the most basic problem for soda: the PUBLIC PERCEPTION that the alternatives are healthier. It is in the marketing...
Some of my favorite “sodas” remain: club soda, seltzer water, and tonic water.