City Council passed an ordinance banning unhealthy food from checkstands at large retailers. In March 2021, stores like Whole Foods and Berkeley Bowl will have to replace chips and candy with healthier options.
A new report from UC Berkeley shows residents in diverse and low-income neighborhoods reported drinking 52% fewer servings of sugary drinks than they did before the soda tax was passed in November 2014.
The tax has generated about $5 million since its inception in 2015. Numerous community groups that have gotten funding met recently to talk about what they have done with the funds — and to celebrate.
Berkeley City Council passed the “healthy by default” bill in July that prevents soda from being included in children’s fast food meals.
The Public Health Institute and University of North Carolina study shows tax is doing “exactly what it is intended to do” says its lead author.
Voters in Albany and Oakland will decide if they will join Berkeley by enacting a penny-per-ounce tax on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages.
Berkeley’s sugary drink consumption has dropped 21% in the wake of the city’s soda tax, says study.
There are two new tenants headed to Emeryville’s Public Market — a Peruvian restaurant and a macaron shop. These details, and more, in this week’s Bites.
Two big closures to announce this week. Berkeley’s Handlebar will shutter at the end of the month — but it will reopen. Emeryville’s Bacano Bakery, however, is closed permanently.
Officials voted Tuesday night to step up the fight against sugary drinks in Berkeley.
BUSD’s beleaguered cooking and gardening program will see a welcome injection of funds from the soda tax.
Berkeley is getting a new brewery. Anvil Brewing plans on opening at 912 Gilman St. this spring. We bring you this news and much more in this week’s Bites.