State judge halts New York City’s ban on large sugary drinks, calling the ban ‘arbitrary and capricious’
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) March 11, 2013
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) March 11, 2013
The ridiculous is upon us (again). And good for Starbucks.
Monday is the last day New Yorkers will be able to buysuper-sized sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts in New York City.
The cola crackdown goes into effect on Tuesday. The new regulation puts a 16-ounce limit on sugary drinks and applies to both bottled and fountain drinks.
The ban but does not include grocery or convenience stores that don’t serve prepared food. It also does not apply to diet soda, other calorie-free drinks or anything that has at least 50 percent milk or milk substitute.
Restaurants, street carts, coffee joints and other venues spent the weekend getting ready for the upcoming clampdown.
“I definitely believe it’s going to hurt my business,” said Mary Cira of Pronto Pizza, who said she had to toss nearly a $1,000 worth of 20 ounce and 2 liter bottles of soda. She’ll also have to reprint her menus.
“I have a combo special with a 2 liter soda,” she said.
“Personally, I think it’s ridiculous,” a coffee cart operator named said Peter told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck ”It’s going to slow things down because I’m going to have to put the sugar on the side.”
At Movie World in Queens, Russell Evanson said the small size cup he sells is now too big and said he’ll have to find cups that are 16-ounces.
“We are just going to have to comply and live with it, but it will mean less revenue,” he said.
Other establishments like Dunkin’ Donuts have posted colorful fliers explaining the complex rules surrounding coffee.
For example, Lattes are exempt because they’re more than half milk and it’s OK for customers to fill their own cups of large coffee with all the sugar they want.
Starbucks announced it plans to continue offering 20 ounce venti-sized drinks because of the milk content. Like Dunkin’ Donuts, customers will also be able to add their own sugar to their coffee.