Who are three stakeholders in the controversy over the ban on large sugary drinks in New York City?

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Here are three groups that would have stakes in the proposed ban on large, sugary drinks in New York City:

  1. Bottlers of soda and/or vendors of the syrup used to make the soda in restaurants and other establishments.  These groups clearly have an economic stake in this issue.  If Bloomberg’s ban were to become law, they would surely lose money.  Therefore, their likely position will be that the ban should not become/remain law.
  2. Public health advocates.  These people do not really have a financial stake in the issue.  However, they do have a stake in it because they want to improve the health of people in New York City.  They would certainly argue that the ban should remain in place because it is clear that sugary drinks are bad for people’s health.
  3.  Firms that sell drinks that compete with the drinks that are banned.  For example, Bloomberg’s ban did not apply to sweet coffee drinks such as those sold at Starbucks.  The firms that sell these drinks would have an interest in the ban because it would harm their competitors.  Therefore, they would most likely support the ban unless they worried that it would eventually be changed to apply to them as well.

 

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