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The US drinks industry is gearing itself up to tackle a proposed soft drinks tax in the country’s capital.

‘No D.C. Beverage Tax’, a coalition set up by the Washington Beverage Association, has called on the industry to sign a petition in opposition to a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened drinks in the US state.

If passed, the ‘1-cent-per-ounce’ tax will increase prices on juice drinks, flavoured waters, sports drinks and teas, the group said on Friday (14 May).

“What’s truly unfortunate is that this tax would be paid by the hard-working families of the district, and we believe that there couldn’t be a worse time to raise prices on a specific group of items in people’s grocery carts,” the coalition said

Earlier this year, US campaign group New Yorkers Against Unfair Taxes voiced its disappointment over the proposal by New York Governor Paterson for a US$0.12 tax on 12oz cans of sugar sweetened soft drinks.


Sectors: Soft drinks, Water

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