Delaware can close fiscal gap with a soda tax
Posted on June 10, 2017 | Delaware Online by Jack Guerin
According to Healthy Foods America, a national nonprofit focused on driving change in food policy, a soda tax in Delaware would generate $52 million annually. Our General Assembly is approaching an impasse because of resistance to proposed cuts in education and other critical areas. Meanwhile, Philadelphia is expanding preschool education programs based on new revenue from the soda tax that was passed last year.
Seattle City Council Approves The Nation's Eighth Soda Tax
Posted on June 6, 2017 | Forbes by Nancy Fink Huehnergarth
The Seattle City Council, yesterday, approved a 1.75 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks by a vote of 7-1. The tax is the eighth such measure passed in the United States since 2014. The tax, which covers sugary drinks like sodas, sports and energy drinks, fruit drinks and sweet teas, will be levied at the distributor level but is expected to be passed on to consumers. The tax will also likely reduce sales and consumption of non-nutritious sugary drinks, as has been demonstrated in Mexico (a 10% reduction in sales in 2015 due to a peso-per-liter tax) and Berkeley, CA (a 10% reduction in sales since the implementation of a penny-per-ounce tax.)
Illinois soda tax could cut health costs, raise $561 million in revenue annually
Posted on April 25, 2017 | Chicago Tribune by Greg Trotter
A penny-per-ounce state tax on sugar-sweetened beverages could raise $561 million a year in new revenue for Illinois, while also saving millions in health care costs associated with obesity and diabetes, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The report was commissioned and funded by Healthy Food America.
Fruit Juice, in Moderation, Not Tied to Obesity in Children
Posted on March 27, 2017 | NY Times by Nicholas Bakalar
Some experts believe that drinking fruit juice may lead to obesity in children, but a new review has found that juice in moderation does not cause excess weight gain in children under 18.
Researchers from Healthy Food America pooled data from eight prospective observational studies of the association between regular 100 percent fruit juice consumption and weight gain. The analysis, published in Pediatrics, includes 34,470 boys and girls under 18.
Will 100% fruit juice make your child gain weight?
Posted on March 23, 2017 | CNN by Jacqueline Howard
Sugar can easily sneak into the diet, both for you and for your child, even through 100% fruit juices.
Debating the merits of a soda tax, featuring HFA's Jim Krieger
Posted on March 21, 2017 | KUOW by Bill Radke
Bill Radke spoke with Dr. Jim Krieger and law professor Baylen Linnekin about the proposed tax on sugary beverages in Seattle. Dr. Krieger feels that the tax will steer people away from the unhealthy drinks and produce crucial tax revenue; Linnekin argues that this kind of taxation does little to help America's obesity epidemic while putting a tax strain on lower income communities.
Should Seattle tax sugary drinks? Here’s what the health research says — and doesn’t say
Posted on March 13, 2017 | Seattle Times by Bob Young
At the start of 2016 only one U.S. city had imposed a tax on soda and other sugary drinks: Berkeley, Calif.
By the time we ushered in 2017, six other jurisdictions had joined the club — including San Francisco, Philadelphia and Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago.
Mayor Ed Murray hopes Seattle will keep the momentum rolling. Murray has proposed a tax of 2 cents per ounce on sugary drinks, with full details to come next month when he sends legislation to the City Council.
Turning the tide away from soda in Indian Country
Posted on Feb 21, 2017 | Indian Country Today by Kim Baca
In many Southwest Native languages, there are no words for soda or its popular brands. Yet the drink has been absorbed in many traditions, often served during Pueblo feasts, community give-aways or other ceremonial events, often replacing more nutritious drinks, including water.
“Water is sacred – why don’t we drink it?” asked Andrea Pepin, Zuni Youth Enrichment Project nutrition education coordinator, during the Notah Begay III Foundation’s first Healthy Beverage Summit on February 8 tackling the issue of the high intake of sugary drinks among Native youth.
Pepin said that it was colonization that likely has made so many Native Americans think of soda as the go-to beverage. “It’s time to decolonize your drink,” she said, quoting another colleague.
Philadelphia’s Soda Sellers Say Tax Has Reduced Sales by as Much as 50%
Posted on Feb 17, 2017 | Bloomberg by Jennifer Kaplan
Philadelphia’s six-week-old tax on sweetened beverages is already taking a toll on drink distributors and grocers, with some reporting sales drops of as much as 50 percent.
Canada Dry Delaware Valley -- a local distributor of Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Sunkist, A&W Root Beer, Arizona Iced Tea and Vita Coco -- said business fell 45 percent in Philadelphia in the first five weeks of 2017, compared with the same period last year. Total revenue at Brown’s Super Stores, which operates 12 ShopRite and Fresh Grocer supermarkets, fell 15 percent at its six retailers in the city.
“In 30 years of business, there’s never been a circumstance in which we’ve ever had a sales decline of any significant amount,” said Jeff Brown, chief executive officer of Brown’s Super Stores. “I would describe the impact as nothing less than devastating.”
Could A Tax On Sugary Drinks Really Help Save Lives?
Posted on December 16, 2016 | WFYI by Taylor Bennett
Harvard researchers say taxing sugary drinks could reduce rates of diabetes, avert vast sums in health costs and raise $41 million for community needs.
They projected the results of a 1-cent-per-ounce excise tax in 15 major cities, including Indianapolis.
“This would have effects on health care costs. Individuals with obesity have much higher health care costs. We estimate over the next decade the city of Indianapolis would be saving about 43 million dollars in health care costs because of this,” says lead researcher Steve Gortmaker.