The soda ban battle is still raging

The soda ban battle is still raging

The American Beverage Association says it remains “confident” over this week's New York soda ban ruling, after the green light was given for an appeal to be heard.

A New York appeals court has confirmed it will hear a challenge from the Michael Bloomberg-led administration in the first week of June, Reuters has reported. The appeal was launched after a judge at New York State's Supreme Court threw out the ban on Monday, the day before it was due to take effect. 

"We feel the justice's decision was strong and we're confident in the ruling," an ABA spokesperson said in an emailed statement to just-drinks today (14 March). "We respect the mayor's right to appeal."

Following Monday's ruling, Mayor Bloomberg told reporters: “We believe the judge's decision was clearly an error and we will prevail on appeal.” 

The proposal seek to outlaw servings of sugary drinks larger than 16oz in establishments including restaurants, movie theatres and food carts in New York City.