TO CALIFORNIANS FOR FOOD AND BEVERAGE CHOICE!
Californians for Food and Beverage Choice is a group of individuals, businesses and associations committed to the rights of Californians to choose what they purchase to eat and drink without government intrusion, and to opposing discriminatory taxes and regulations on the food and beverage industries.
We believe consumers should decide what goes into their shopping carts, not government.
It is our view—backed by economic data and research—that new taxes and regulations on food and beverages are unwanted and a misguided approach to health policy and obesity prevention. They only cause economic harm and make it harder for middle- and lower-income families to manage their budgets in these tough economic times. In addition, research clearly shows these taxes and regulations will have no impact on reducing obesity. You can’t tax people into good health. The government’s role should be limited to education and empowering people to make the food and beverage choices in line with their own personal health goals and tastes.
If you would like to learn more about Californians for Food and Beverage Choice, including how to join the organization and make your voice heard, just fill out the form on the right.
STATEMENT ON INTRODUCTION OF SECOND PROPOSED SAN FRANCISCO BEVERAGE TAX
Regressive beverage taxes that raise the cost of living for consumers and hurt local businesses are no way to improve community health, and have been soundly rejected by voters each time they have been proposed. Fortunately, across the country, there is evidence that the prevalence of obesity may have peaked, and progress is being made through collaborative measures to provide nutrition education, opportunities for physical activity and delivering diverse beverages choices that fit a healthy lifestyle.
STATEMENT ON PROPOSED SAN FRANCISCO BEVERAGE SUGAR TAX
Californians have rejected beverage taxes like the one San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener proposes because such measures are unnecessary, wasteful distractions from serious policymaking. Providing people with education, opportunities for physical activity and diverse beverage choices to fit their lifestyles are proven strategies for maintaining health. Just last November, voters in the California cities of El Monte and Richmond said as much by soundly defeating proposed taxes on the sale of sugar- sweetened beverages—with 76 percent and 67 percent, respectively, voting “no.”
CALIFORNIA BEVERAGE TAX FAILS TO ADVANCE
A new state tax on more than 350 beverages sold in California failed to advance in the State Legislature this year.
Thousands of Californians and local businesses joined our coalition to stop Senate Bill 622, which would have raised grocery prices and hurt business on which California livelihoods depend.
This is the second time a tax like this has failed in Sacramento. Unfortunately, this fight isn’t over. This beverage tax is expected to be back in 2014, so please join us in our commitment to support food and beverage choice in California!
READ THE LATEST
Statement on Introduction of Second Proposed San Francisco Beverage Tax
Statement on Proposed San Francisco Beverage Sugar Tax
American Beverage Association Statement on Report on California Youth
San Jose Mercury News: California Soda Tax Concept Falls Flat
Monterey County Weekly: Bill Monning's proposed soda tax dies in committee
La Opinión: Tribuna del público: Nuevo impuesto
OC Register: California taxes a fluid situation
LA Daily News: Popping the bubbles of plan for California soda tax
MyDesert.com: Soft drink proposal goes over like flat soda
San Diego Union Tribune: State-proposed soda tax foolish on many levels
Press Enterprise: Defeat push to tax soda, sugary drinks