Under the guise of anti-obesity health concerns, the New York City health board voted to ban restaurants from serving most sugar-sweetened beverages larger than 16 ounces. The National Restaurant Association joined other organizations that sued to block the ban, which unfairly targets restaurants and will cause operational and supply-chain management difficulties. The State Supreme Court struck down the ban in March 2013, one day before it was scheduled to take effect. An appeals court upheld the State Supreme Court’s decision in July 2013. The city has said it will appeal that decision. Regardless of the outcome of the appeal, the NRA expects advocates to push other localities to enact similar bans.
NRA contacts: Joan McGlockton, Joy Dubost