Philadelphia residents effective March 20th are not able to purchase Pepsi beverages in 2 Liter Bottles or 12 Packs due to repositioning of various products after the January 1st imposition of the Philadelphia Soda Tax.
Managers of two independent Philly grocery stores confirmed they’d received letters from Pepsi saying the company would no longer distribute 2-liters or 12-packs to Philadelphia stores, as of March 20. The letter covers not only the regular soda products like Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist, and Mug root beer, but also “any taxed sweetened beverages” owned by Pepsi. That would include Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton Iced Tea and others.
Pepsi declined an interview request but responded with a spokesperson’s statement saying the change was due to the sugary beverages tax and that it wanted to offer “products and package sizes working families are more able to afford….We believe this will give our retail and foodservice partners the best chance to succeed in this challenging environment and will minimize the chance of product going out-of-date. Our full portfolio of beverages in all package sizes will still be available outside the city.” CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE STORY
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