Contracts with bottlers keep soda in schools

03/22/2007 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Soda vending machines dispensing sugared beverages remain in public schools, despite an outcry from health advocates about a mounting obesity crisis among young people -- and despite a pledge by Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Cadbury Schweppes in May 2006 to remove sugar-sweetened sodas from school vending machines by 2009. Schools have come to rely on the revenue that comes from exclusive deals with soda bottlers, and according to a report in The Washington Post, a majority of schools nationwide participate in such agreements.

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