Starbucks Balks at NYC Sugary Drink Ban

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Starbucks isn't going along with New York City's ban on large sugary drinks, which is set to take effect next Tuesday.

The company says it's waiting on the legal challenges to the regulation. Starbucks officials say they aren't sure how the ban would apply to its drinks.

"We believe that the majority of our products fall outside of the ban given the ability of our customers to customize their beverage," Starbucks said in a statement to Yahoo News.

"As there is still ongoing litigation regarding the regulation, we're not making any immediate changes at this time. We are evaluating which changes we may need to make to our recipes and product offerings and will be using this three-month evaluation period to make the appropriate changes for our customers and to fully comply with the new beverage restrictions," a Starbucks representative said.

Meanwhile, businesses and food suppliers have been getting ready for the soda ban.

The new regulation is part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to fight obesity by banning sugary drinks over 16 ounces.

Many businesses worry the new law will hurt their bottom line and force restaurants to purchase new glassware and reprint menus to accommodate the ban.

"These are all gone. This one becomes a small and then 16 ounces will be the large," Eric Levine, of Dallas BBQ, said.

"It's very, very expensive from the printing, to the glassware to the server tips, everything's a trickle down when you make a decision like that," Russell Levinson, general manager MovieWorld, told New York's WABC-TV. "I think we're looking at $20,000 to $30,000 less per year in beverage sales."

Establishments will have a three-month grace period to comply. The fine for failing to do so is $200 per sale.

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