Berkeley’s Measure D: What Distributors, Restaurants and Retailers Need to Know About the Berkeley “Sugar Tax”

By | Hospitality Law Blog | November 21, 2014
Berkeley’s Measure D: What Distributors, Restaurants and Retailers Need to Know About the Berkeley “Sugar Tax”

According to its backers, the Berkeley “Sugar Tax” is the future of sugar in America.  Berkeley’s Measure “D,” which garnered an overwhelming 75% “yes” vote, imposes a general excise tax of $0.01 per ounce on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages and the sweeteners used to sweeten such drinks:  this amounts to a 12 cent tax on a standard 12 ounce can of soda.  The ordinance takes effect on January 1, 2015.