Blind Vendors Oppose New York Mayor’s Plan To Reduce Soda On City Property

June 13, 2011

New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to limit sales of high-calorie beverages on city property is short-sighted and destructive, say blind vendors who operate stands in city-owned buildings, according to The New York Post.

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Editor’s Insight: The proposal will require extensive changes that many vending operators can’t afford to make. The proposal needs to be more flexible.

The proposal requires, for instance, that only two slots in a beverage machine can be for high calorie beverages and they must be positioned “to the lowest selling potential.”

In addition, regular soda and juice can only be 12 ounces or less, while water and other “healthy” drinks must be 12 ounces or more.

The New York State Automatic Vending Association should encourage the mayor to consider less stringent rules. 06-13-11 by Elliot Maras