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.
Sugary drink consumption in Berkeley down more than 50% since introduction of soda tax
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.
Where are the millions from Berkeley’s soda tax going? Lots of places
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 requires kids’ meals to include milk or water, not soda
Berkeley City Council passed the “healthy by default” bill in July that prevents soda from being included in children’s fast food meals.
Large study on Berkeley’s soda tax finds significant drop in sugary beverage sales
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.
2 weeks before election, soda tax debate intensifies
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.
After Berkeley soda tax, sugary drinks less popular
Berkeley’s sugary drink consumption has dropped 21% in the wake of the city’s soda tax, says study.
New Public Market tenants, La Crema, more
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.
Handlebar and Bacano Bakery closures, more
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.
Council approves $1.5M to fight soda consumption
Officials voted Tuesday night to step up the fight against sugary drinks in Berkeley.
Soda tax brings needed cash to gardening program
BUSD’s beleaguered cooking and gardening program will see a welcome injection of funds from the soda tax.
Anvil Brewing to open in West Berkeley, more
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.