It was reported by Associated Press on March 9, 2013 that restaurants, night clubs and coffee shops are preparing for the sugary drinks ban due to take action on March 12.
New York City is most certainly divided on the sugary ban issue. Many New Yorkers do not think that limiting sugary drinks to 16-ounces is the answer to obesity. Others feel that the limit can lower one’s calorie intake from sugary drinks.
He said that obesity is an Americas problem, but he can do something about New York City and is doing just that with an anti-sugary drink ban.
Mayor Bloomberg also said, “the city has the ability and the obligation to try to help.”
Restaurants that do not want a $200 violation have ordered smaller glasses 16 ounces to be exact for their sugar drinks.
Although the ban has to have final approval from the judge to be in full effect on March 12, the fines once approved will not be enforced until June.
Some restaurants are not running out to get new glasses in hopes that the ban is blocked or delayed.
he ban will cost restaurants, theaters, night club and eateries of the sort money in changing their glass sizes and cups. Many establishments have to change their menus.
Dunkin Donuts does not want to be responsible for putting too much sugar in the customer’s coffees, so they are telling customers that they will have to sweeten and flavor their own coffee.
Dunkin Donuts stores have displayed colorful fliers explaining the complex rules surrounding the coffee.
However, Starbucks believes most of its products will not be affected by the ban and so they are not making any changes at this time according to spokeswoman Linda Mills.
Coca-Cola wants to try and aid in fighting obesity, so they ran an anti-obesity aid in January on TV. They also have printed posters implementing the new sugary drinks rule.
Coca-Cola reported this week that they were putting stevia which is 30 calories less than regular sugar in regular Sprite in the UK.
Bowling lounges offer freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices since they cannot serve more than 16-ounces of sugary drinks to their customers.
The fresh juice will cost a little more, but they believe offering customers the option of freshly squeezed juice it is an opportunity to promote good health.
Those who drink alcoholic beverages can rest assure the ban will not affect dairy-base drinks or alcoholic drinks. However energy drinks containing more than 25 calories per eight-ounces are included.
The critics say the prohibition of sugary drinks of more than 16 ounces is meaningless, and will not make a difference in diets; however, it will make a difference in businesses pockets.
They say if a customer cannot buy 20-ounces of soda, they can just go to 7-Eleven and purchase a Big Gulp.
Dallas BBQ are not replacing any glasses at this time in hopes that the ban is rejected by the judge. Eric Levine, who is one of the directors, said they would have to order approximately 10,000 glasses for their 10 locations.
Meanwhile, they spend their week making sure, they would not be in violation with their carafes of soda and sweet mixers. The carafes are slightly a little bigger than 16-ounces. The city lawyers have indicated such containers should pass.