Sugary-Drink Ban Starts to Affect S.F. Sites

From SFGate:

Coca-Cola is out, and soy milk is now part of San Francisco’s official city policy.

Under an executive order from Mayor Gavin Newsom, Coke, Pepsi and Fanta Orange are no longer allowed in vending machines on city property, although their diet counterparts are – up to a point.

Newsom’s directive, issued in April but whose practical impacts are starting to be felt now, bars calorically sweetened beverages from vending machines on city property.

That includes non-diet sodas, sports drinks and artificially sweetened water. Juice must be 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice with no added sweeteners. Diet sodas can be no more than 25 percent of the items offered, the directive says.

There should be “ample choices” of water, “soy milk, rice milk and other similar dairy or non dairy milk,” says the directive, which also covers fat and sugar content in vending machine snacks.

(via Boing Boing)


    1. I too do not really trust the soy craze. It’s just another processed food, not much different than the others. Diet soda is not any healthier than regular soda, either. If anything, fake sugar is worse than real sugar, and HFCS. These rules just make people feel like we’re taking a healthy step. I mean, I like cola, but I drink mostly water, and will have soda with meals sometimes, but I can feel the difference in my body when I drink soda. If people don’t notice the difference, no amount of legal change is going to change their minds. People like to eat and drink garbage, health be damned.

  1. People are going to drink or eat what they want. No directive from the mayor of SF is going to change that. The end result of this ruling is that people are not going to use the vending machines if they don’t have to. They will walk down the street are drive to the nearest convenience store instead.

    BTW. There is not a chance that I am going to buy milk from a vending machine. Eww. The point of a vending machine is to buy a drink of snack that you are reasonably confident will not kill you if it has been sitting around too long or has lost refrigeration for any length of time.

  2. There should be “ample choices” of water, “soy milk, rice milk and other similar dairy or non dairy milk,” says the directive…

    Is there something wrong with the water that comes out of the taps in San Fran?

  3. A noble gesture but doomed to failure before it even it even started. No one is going to burn off 120 calories getting a can of pop out of the vending machine across the street.

  4. Ha Ha

    I’m loving all of the reactions to this story.

    It’s as though the contents of vending machines just happen to be there and aren’t filled with habit-forming high sugar drinks from vending companies with their own ‘masterplan’.

    Surely the previous policy of the City taking a taste from vending companies who are peddling junk-drinks to their employees, who are largely trapped in the workplace was a more sinister one.

    Vending machines aren’t supermarkets, they’re not there for people who are organised enough to bring in their own drinks but fulfil the need of the impulse buyer. And even if that impulse buyer then decides that they NEED 7 teaspoons of sugar to quench thier thirst and go somewhere else, at the very least the City can say they haven’t condoned/facilitated that.

    With undeniable obesity problems, it’s a step in the right direction. It’s a thing to try.

  5. Wouldn’t it be way more awesome to say, fuck you bottles, we’re doing it ourselves: DRINKING FOUNTAIN. Think of the money, electricity, and waste we’d be saving! Just remember to put a “sugar free, 0 calories, 0% fat” sticker on the fountain.

    Like, duh. Why not just outlaw the machines outright? Changing the menu only says “we’re fat, sad about it, and we still hate the environment”.

    If beverages must be bought in bottles, follow Japan’s lead. Green tea, coffee, milk-tea, hot corn soup om nom nom

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