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October 6, 1985 | Associated Press
Coffee promoters said Friday that Americans not only drink less of it than before, but prefer soft drinks. The report by the London-based International Coffee Organization said all age groups in the United States drink less coffee now, but the decline is sharpest in the 20-29 age group, based on figures collected in the winter of 1984-85. It said tea, soft drinks and fruit juices have gained from coffee's decline, and 30.9% of Americans now prefer tea compared with 24.7% in 1962.
January 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Soft drinks should be eliminated from schools to help tackle obesity, and doctors should work with their local schools to ensure that children are offered healthful alternatives, the American Academy of Pediatrics said. In a new policy statement, being published today in the January issue of Pediatrics, the academy said doctors should contact school officials and "emphasize the notion that every school in every district shares a responsibility for the nutritional health of its students."
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.
March 4, 1986 | PAMELA MORELAND, Times Staff Writer
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 | Bloomberg News
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 | Mary Beckman, Special to The Times
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.
April 14, 1985 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., Times Staff Writer
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.
May 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | Bloomberg News
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.
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