Soda tax

Press Clips: To Fight Plastic Waste, Nigeria Looks to Beverage Giants

Nigeria’s plastic bottle use has doubled in the past three years, creating 150,000 tons of waste, 80% of which is never recycled and ends up in landfills and waterways. The country is the ninth-largest source of ocean plastics despite only accounting for 1% of PET bottles consumed globally, Bloomberg reports, and its largest city Lagos is turning to big beverage companies for help in establishing a more formal recycling infrastructure.

Press Clips: Coke Offers $1M for Sweetener Innovations

Coca-Cola offers $1 million for new artificial sweetener innovations; Soda tax thwacks Chicago's suburbs; Will Smith plugs JUST Water on James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke"; NPR takes a look at the rise of seltzer; Bai seeks a more mature brand image.

Chicago Adopts Soda Tax

The one-penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, which officially goes into effect today, makes Chicago the most populous American city to adopt legislation aimed at steering consumers away from sugary drinks in the name of public health.

Marion Nestle Talks ‘Soda Politics’ in K-12

Two days after Seattle became the latest addition to a growing group of cities that have implemented a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, “Soda Politics” author and advocate Marion Nestle appeared at Harvard University for a scheduled talk about the business of soda.

Seattle City Council Approves “Soda Tax”

In a 7-1 vote yesterday, the Seattle City Council approved a 1.75 cents per ounce tax on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) that is expected to take effect in early July.

Press Clips: The Top Funded Beverage Startups by State

The most well-funded food and beverage start-ups by state include big names, Essentia signs Periscope as its first creative AOR, PepsiCo pulls 12-packs and 2 liter bottles from Philadelphia, and Forbes lists its top female leaders in food.

Press Clips: Philadelphia Soda Tax Sparks Massive Sales Decline

Stores report as high as 50 percent drop in soft drink sales following implementation of Philadelphia's controversial "Soda Tax" in January, Pressed Juicery announces new Boston-area location, and a U.K. study hospitalizes students with caffeine equivalent of 300 cups of coffee.

In the Courtroom: Class Action Against Odwalla Can Move Ahead

In the courtroom this month: A class action against Odwalla can move ahead after a judge declined a request to toss the case, Pennsylvania's state Supreme Court declines to hear the "soda tax" case, and POM Wonderful accuses Wonder Fuel of "forum shopping" in trademark infringement allegations.