Food Business News - June 28, 2016 - (Page 12)

Philadelphia passes tax on caloric, diet beverages The American Beverage Association vows to challenge in court he second and by far largest city to date in the United States passed a per ounce beverage tax on June 16 that likely will be challenged in court, but at the same time broke new ground in the effort to regulate "sugary" beverages. Philadelphia's City Council approved by a 13-4 vote a 1.5c-per-oz tax on both sweetened and diet sodas and several other beverages - basically any non-alcoholic drink that is less than 50% milk, fruit juice, vegetable juice, infant formulas, "medical food" or that is sweetened at the T 12 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® control of the consumer. The tax, to be levied Jan. 1, 2017, is expected to raise about $90 million annually. According to the office of Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney, about 50% of the funds raised will go to Because the tax is on distributors rather than directly on consumers, it was not put on the general ballot for public vote, even though there is little doubt all or most of the tax, should it withstand If If Berkeley (Calif.) was a tremor, Philadelphia is an earthquake, and we expect there will be more earthquakes going forward.. - Howard Wolfson, senior adviser to former New York City Major and billionaire Michael Bloomberg pre-kindergarten education (a campaign promise by Mr. Kenney) and about 50% to other city programs, schools, employee benefits and a "healthy beverages tax credit." a court challenge, would be passed on to consumers in higher prices as have such taxes in other cities and countries. "It is beyond dispute that only the state legislature can determine where and on what items a tax can be imposed," former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille said in an opinion piece in The Philadelphia Inquirer. He said the tax violates the "uniformity clause" of the state's constitution that requires taxes be uniform across the state. The American Beverage Association said the tax, and soda taxes in general, was regressive and discriminatory. The A.B.A. said it intends to sue the city to block the tax. "The poorest in our communities often bear the financial brunt of these regressive taxes, which are ineffective at combating obesity," said Michelle Minton in an article for the Cooperative Enterprise Institute. "Faced with a new tax on soda, some consumers may shift June 28, 2016

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Food Business News - June 28, 2016
What will Brexit mean for U.K. food and agriculture?
Obesity rate rises as sweetener use declines
Beverage Business News - Protein on trend in R.-T.-D. beverages
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Editorial - Market fragmentation intensifies C.P.G., retail competition
Coca-Cola invests in organic aloe water beverage maker
Dunkin’ Donuts evolves with expansion of beverage portfolio
Philadelphia passes tax on caloric, diet beverages
Post said to be considering combining with Lamb Weston
Teasdale adds to private label portfolio with purchase of Mesa Foods
CVS to expand selection of healthier foods, will add to private label line
Monster moving beyond energy beverages with debut of Mutant, Hydro
Coca-Cola changing its soft drink strategy to focus on ‘shaping choice
McDonald’s to relocate corporate headquarters
Smucker earnings soar on coffee sales, pet food acquisition
A squeeze on pectin
Picking out pectin alternatives
Kellogg launches $100 million venture capital fund
Kellogg adds Pure Organic to Kashi portfolio
TreeHouse Foods profiles the changing private label consumer
Martha Stewart enters meal kit market with delivery subscription service
B&G Foods ready to ‘fight back’ in frozen food aisle
Washington - Audit finds F.D.A. must improve food recall process
Snack Trends - Key trends unveiled at Sweets & Snacks 2016
Crispy, convenient and gluten-free
When gluten-free orders get serious
Company profile - WhiteWave Foods eyeing $3 billion in additional U.S. plant-based foods sales
WhiteWave’s Earthbound Farm brand set to soar in fresh and frozen
Industry Images - Record attendance at 2016 Purchasing Seminar
New Food Products
Ingredient Market Trends - Post-eleventh hour compromise on G.M.O. labeling
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

Food Business News - June 28, 2016