Three more districts join big-city alliance that stresses healthy school food

School districts serving Philadelphia, Baltimore and Las Vegas joined the Urban School Food Alliance, which now serves 3.6 million students in 10 of the largest U.S. districts with a combined $735 million a year in purchases of food and supplies. The alliance launched a procurement initiative in 2014 for antibiotic-free chicken, and said this year that its members would not relax school lunch standards despite a USDA offer of flexibility on salt and whole grains.

Early data show Philadelphia soda tax is cutting consumption

Sales tax data indicate that soda consumption in Philadelphia was down by about 40 percent in January, the first month that the 1.5-cent-an-ounce tax was in effect, says news site Billy Penn. The actual figure may be different, it says, because the tax is levied on sales by distributors, who …

Cook County gets 1-cent-per-ounce soda tax on a tie-breaking vote

The newest locality to approve a tax on sugary beverages is also the largest — Cook County, home to 5.2 million people including the city of Chicago. The Cook County Board approved the 1-cent-per-ounce tax on a 9-8 vote with board president Toni Preckwinkle breaking a tie, said the Chicago Tribune.

Philadelphia mayor says, ‘Don’t be afraid of Big Soda’

The grassroots can beat Big Soda, says Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney in an interview about the City Council vote during the summer to put a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on soda and sugary beverages. "Don't be afraid of Big Soda. They are not that tough," Kenney told Vox.

Bernie Sanders takes a pop at soda-tax ads

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders told a soda industry group, in the form of a cease-and-desist letter, to stop using him in its campaign against soda taxes in California's Bay Area, says Politico. Sanders says he has not taken a position on referendums in San Francisco and Oakland and it is "false" and "misleading" for the American Beverage Association to feature him in advertising.

Soda tax is on the agenda in Illinois’ most populous county

The president of the Cook County Board proposed a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages — soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, and juices that aren't 100 percent fruit — to close a $174-million budget gap in the county that includes Chicago and 40 percent of Illinoisans. Like Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney, board president Toni Preckwinkle says the levy is fiscal tool.

Soda tax goes onto the November ballot in San Francisco

Voters in San Francisco will decide on Nov. 8 whether to put a 1-cent-an-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and to join neighboring Berkeley and Philadelphia as soda-tax cities. It would be the second ballot in two years on a soda tax in San Francisco with the new proposal having an easier path to passage.

Soda tax war moves on following Philly’s adoption

By a decisive 13-4 vote, the City Council in Philadelphia approved a 1.5-cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages and diet sodas. Mayor Jim Kenney presented the tax as a way to raise revenue for schools and recreation centers, unlike the public health arguments which succeeded in Berkeley in 2014 and are being used ahead of votes in Oakland, San Francisco and Boulder this year.

Philadelphia Council nears approval of 1.5-cent soda tax

In a first-round vote, the Philadelphia City Council voted for a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks and diet sodas. Council members must approve the levy for a second time next Thursday to become the second city in the country with a soda tax, "but it appears they have reached the final deal," said Philadelphia Magazine.

Soda sales on the rise in Mexico, a country with a sweet tooth

Mexico's 10-percent tax on sugary drinks put a dent in soda sales at first, but purchases are on the rise again, "making the country a key growth market again for soda giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo," says the Wall Street Journal. In a country with the highest per-capita soda consumption rate in the world, the tax was a public health measure aimed at high levels of obesity and diabetes.

Soda tax in Philly? “I’m very supportive,” says Clinton

Campaigning ahead of Tuesday's primary election in Pennsylvania, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton said "I'm very supportive" of the 3-cent-an-ounce soda tax proposed by Mayor Jim Kenney, reported CNN.

Soda taxes aren’t just for liberals

Soda-taxes aren’t just an idea that liberals like, says Quartz. The soft drink industry is facing at least 12 soda tax initiatives on ballots across the country, including in places that don’t lean nearly as far left as Berkeley, California,