- A new report shows that the soda tax in Berkeley, CA, the first major soda tax enacted in the United States, raised $1.4 million for child nutrition and community health programs, according to Reuters. The tax first took effect in March 2015.
- Sales of sugar-sweetened beverages decreased approximately 9.6% during the first year of the tax, and sales of untaxed beverages, especially bottled water (15.6%), rose 3.5%, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
- Over the past year, U.S. municipalities such as Philadelphia, San Francisco, Oakland and Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago, have approved similar laws to tax sugary beverages.
It’s no secret that soda sales were decreasing before taxes like this took effect as the result of rising consumer preferences for healthier, better-for-you beverages.
When the one-cent-per-ounce tax was imposed in Berkeley, many retailers chose not...