Sugary sodas to stay in many schools

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

Despite a pledge by beverage companies to limit high-calorie drinks in schools, many will stay because opting out of long-term contracts with bottling companies would cost districts hundreds of thousands of dollars. "Fiscally, we're not in a position to give the money back," said Nicholas Alioto, chief operating officer for the Racine, Wis., district, which planned to cut out sugary beverages from high schools but would have had to pay $200,000 to the local Pepsi bottler.

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