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Vending Industry Helps Delay California Beverage Tax Increase

Posted On: 5/23/2013

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TAGS: vending, California State Senate, procedural, California beverage tax delay, Senate Bill 622, penny-per-fluid ounce tax, California Automatic Vending Council, National Automatic Merchandising Association, Larry Atnip

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Members of the California State Senate used a procedural move to stop a beverage tax increase from moving forward this year. Senate Bill 622 would have imposed a penny-per-fluid ounce tax on the distribution of beverages, including soft drinks, juice and sports beverages, iced teas and enhanced waters.

Earlier this month, the California Automatic Vending Council had joined forces with the American Beverage Association and Californians for Food and Beverage Choice in opposing the proposal.

Members of CAVC, a state council of the National Automatic Merchandising Association, met with lawmakers on May 15 during their annual lobby day in Sacramento. Their message was that the legislation would harm hundreds of businesses providing vending and coffee services to thousands of Californians each day.

CAVC president Larry Atnip said [if it had passed] the bill would have resulted in higher prices for hundreds of products sold at restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores and vending machines.