May 14, 1991 |
In one of his last acts in public office, state Director of Health Services Kenneth W. Kizer has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reduce levels of the cancer-causing chemical chloroform permitted in soft drinks. In a letter to FDA Commissioner David A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1986 |
Seeking a compromise between economic and health factors, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted Monday to once again allow cafeterias at all schools to sell soda pop--but only the kind that does not contain caffeine or sugar. In a 5-2 vote the board agreed to allow the sale of certain kinds of carbonated beverages, rejecting the district's food services division's request to let it also sell regular Pepsi-Cola.
October 19, 2001 |
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are lobbying against a Mexican plan to put a 20% tax on soft drinks, arguing it will be as harmful to the poor as raising the price of rice, beans and tortillas. In a full-page advertisement in the newspaper El Financiero, the nation's soft-drink producers, hoping to protect a $5-billion-a-year market, said 60% of their sales are to Mexicans earning less than $10 a day. Mexico consumes more soft drinks than any country other than the U.S.--150 liters a person each year.
April 24, 2006 |
In the 1990s, a ruckus erupted in the beverage industry. Chemical tests revealed that benzene -- a cancer-causing chemical -- was present in Perrier water. Today, benzene is again causing a stir in the world of bottled drinks. Class action lawsuits filed April 11 in Massachusetts and Florida claim that two beverage companies' drinks have more benzene than the Environmental Protection Agency allows for water.
March 1, 2002 |
Soft drinks continue to lose their fizz among consumers as bottled water and other noncarbonated drinks gain popularity. Growth in the U.S. carbonated soft drink industry was relatively flat during 2001, and per-capita consumption of the bubbly beverages fell for the third year in a row, according to reports released Thursday by market research firms.
April 14, 1985 |
In one corner, with 36.4% of the soda market in 1984 and companywide revenue of $7.4 billion, is Coca-Cola Co., maker of Coca-Cola and 16 other brands. With its red-and-white trademark on millions of signs from Miami to Hong Kong, it is arguably the best-known brand name in the world. In the other corner, with 25.6% of the soda market and companywide sales of $7.7 billion, is PepsiCo Inc., whose "Pepsi Challenge" has taken on new urgency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2004 |
The city's school district banned all soft drink sales in elementary and junior high schools as of July 1. The Bakersfield City School District's ban affects 42 schools and was issued to comply with a new state law.
January 10, 1997 |
Naperville, Ill.-based Babson Bros. Co. has filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago to stop Coca-Cola from marketing its new orange-flavored soft drink, Surge. The dairy equipment products firm said it has held the trademark on the name since 1925. Babson said the trademark covers dairy equipment and clothing, such as shirts, caps and jackets. The company said its detergents and sanitizers are sold under the name Surge and packaged in green plastic bottles.
December 4, 1997 |
More news from the root beer wars: Coca-Cola Co. claimed that its Barq's brand has surpassed longtime leader A&W to become the best-selling root beer in the $2-billion soft-drink category. Coca-Cola linked its increase to improved sales through restaurants and supermarkets. Cadbury Schweppes, which markets A&W, disputed Coca-Cola's claim, arguing that A&W is still America's favorite root beer. The two market leaders are joined by PepsiCo Inc.'s Mug brand atop the pile.
May 29, 1990 |
France's best-known sparkling water bottler, Source Perrier, said today it is selling three of its soft drinks brands to British foods group Cadbury Schweppes PLC for $74 million. The sale of the Oasis, Bali and Atoll fruit drink brands will give Perrier capital gains of about $178 million on its 1990 accounts and make Schweppes the second largest soft drinks bottler in France after Coca-Cola. This purchase will lift Schweppes' share of the French soft drinks market to 16% from 6.