The controversial large sugary drink ban will impact thousands of businesses in New York City financially but will also leave many others unscathed.
The large sugary drink ban, proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg last spring and passed by the Board of Health last September, prohibits establishments regulated by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from serving any beverages larger than 16 ounces that contain more than 50 calories.
The ban does not apply to alcoholic drinks, beverages that are more than 50 percent milk, or 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice.
The ban is being challenged in court by a coalition of organizations representing small-business owners; workers in the industry, such as bottlers; and beverage manufacturers. They say the ban will be costly. The coalition is pressing the judge in charge of the case to postpone the ban’s start date, currently slated for March 12.
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