Saturday, March 9, 2013


Photo by Ivana Di Carlo

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's much-maligned ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces takes effect next week. Lots of restaurants are scrambling to change the size of their drinks to make sure they comply. But not Starbucks.

The reason: Starbucks isn't certain whether the rules really apply. For one, many of the drinks there are more than 50 percent milk - that makes for an exception. For another, customers add their own sugar.

I went to a Starbucks in Penn Station for 1010 WINS to talk to customers. To a person, they applauded the company for standing up to the mayor. They see it as a rights issue. The customer's right to decide. Starbuck's right to offer whatever size beverage they want.

So for now, at least, venti sized drinks remain on the menu in New York City.

1 comment:

Kopi Luwak said...

I personally think that Mayor was doing right. Banning of consumption of more than 16 ounces of cold drink was actually in favor of people's health only, not against their happiness. There are lots of people who are getting victim of obesity because of drinking such sugary juices.

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