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National Automatic Merchandising Association Statement On Proposed NYC Ban On Sweetened Beverages

Source: National Automatic Merchandising Association | Released June 15, 2012

CHICAGO -- "As the nation's largest association representing the $42 billion vending, coffee service and foodservice management industries, we strongly oppose the proposed policy in New York City banning sweetened beverages in larger than 16 ounce packages. Quite simply, proposals like this distract from real solutions to help keep consumers healthy.

Members of the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) offer millions of American consumers every day exactly what they want: a choice in the selection of their snacks and beverages. Restricting consumer choice through public policy is not a viable solution. In fact, sugar-sweetened beverages play a small and declining portion of the American diet -- just 7 percent of total calories. With 93 percent of our calories coming from other foods and beverages, the proposed policy has missed the mark.

Our NAMA members will continue to focus on educating our consumers on "better for you" options and perhaps more important, delivering a choice for our consumers in their snack and beverage selections, in the most convenient, affordable, reliable way possible."

Founded in 1936, the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) represents the $42 billion vending, coffee service and foodservice management industries. With more than 1800 member companies -- including many of the world's most recognized brands -- NAMA provides advocacy, education and research to its membership.

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