Ax the Bev Tax

Don't be fooled. Get the facts.

CLAIM: "I didn't think it was possible for the soda industry to be any greedier...

"I didn't think it was possible for the soda industry to be any greedier. They are so committed to stopping this tax from spreading to other cities, that they are not only passing the tax they should be paying onto their customer, they are actually willing to threaten working men and women's jobs rather than marginally reduce their seven figure bonuses."

FACT: The mayor’s tax of 1.5 cents per ounce has forced supermarkets, corner stores, restaurants and other Philadelphia businesses to drastically raise the price of thousands of drinks. This has caused beverage sales to drop by 40 to 50 percent in just three months. These new sales levels have forced businesses across the city to restructure, resulting in layoffs. The mayor should stop blaming businesses for the effects of his new taxes – effects that we made him well aware of before it was passed. As noted in a recent article in Bloomberg news:

“Canada Dry Delaware Valley -- a local distributor of Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Sunkist, A&W Root Beer, Arizona Iced Tea and Vita Coco -- said business fell 45 percent in Philadelphia in the first five weeks of 2017, compared with the same period last year. Total revenue at Brown’s Super Stores, which operates 12 ShopRite and Fresh Grocer supermarkets, fell 15 percent at its six retailers in the city.”


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