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The soda industry restaurants in New York theater owners of plotting a judge's ruling canning New York city's ban on large soft drinks that they it was supposed to start today.
Joining me now from the New York restaurant association is Andrew was out and to -- national association of theater owners that grow our.
-- start with you with theater owners AMC Loews village the theater right downtown 44 ounce cops these theater owners obviously we're getting ready for -- best what's half their revenues are they telling you that they want to this.
So well we're very elated with the judge's decision and we never thought that this was about obesity or about soda we thought this is about power and were were very happy with what the judge had to say this is clearly a violation of the separation of powers.
If it went into effect it would have had a significant economic impact on the movie theatres both in terms of soft cost and hard costs soft cost obviously we have to change -- armed poignant manuals -- have to change our signage.
And we are fearful that people would choose to stay home from the movie theaters you have a lot of other home options right now and if you could go to a grocery store and -- -- through three liter bottles soda and rent a movie.
We we think that you would avoid going to the movie theater.
And these are publicly traded names -- theater companies around the globe additionally should be showing that and also restaurants as well.
Lot of news -- publicly traded companies I'm thinking about Yum! Brands opinion about major change to -- -- all of these.
Could indeed be affected the restaurant industry.
If this goes national what is what Mayor Bloomberg wants to happen.
Right I mean we think that it's that's a very dangerous precedent because if we set -- the idea that we can regulate any sort of portion size whether sought or anything else.
Who knows what's next and maybe the regulate calories -- regulate you know coming hot dogs you can have -- a -- -- that's just something I don't think consumers on certain an estimated restaurant industry wants.
I -- talk about this in -- -- interesting point.
-- about about you know the cost the root cause her -- many critics of sad about this entire fight that the root cause of obesity.
Then you can't rule that was -- canyon in Mayor Bloomberg very successful back in 2002 the smoking meaning that banned in restaurants across town.
Indoors but there was a department direct correlation in is that part of -- -- by you -- coming if indeed Mayor Bloomberg wins another victory in court.
Well I think the -- on a lot of great things in terms of health but this clearly was the wrong approach and clearly was a violation of the separation of powers.
Move we think we've -- legal department a city in -- we'll do what they have to do but we're happy with the victory today and and we're gonna continue to fight this if it comes back.
The best way to approach this is to actually review what the judge said and and look at where something like this can come from clearly that's the realm of the legislature and clearly involving stakeholders and involving parents and educators and the businesses is the right way to go the mayor has said New York is not about hand wringing we would like to see more handshaking and working as collaborating partners with the -- Anita later I'm I'm holding right -- this is an eighteen ounce -- I mean and this is.
That's it was -- our viewers this is kind of of the details on that but any kind of what restaurants are facing the finds that would be indeed put in place -- again this is revenue.
But this this is an eighteen ounce cup right I mean.
That I consider refill on this cup this has nothing to do with me buying I mean -- -- if -- eleven me I can go back and get a -- so many are saying that this lot of fact overall.
Just doesn't make sense would you be willing to work.
With the city of New York ticket to write a law that makes sense is that something -- group -- -- willing to -- Well -- about the -- in there about different initiatives to control obesity in fact just a month ago the -- -- -- big announcement -- -- -- members of the food food industry reducing salt in a voluntary measure that's made our food both packaged foods and food restaurants.
More healthy week we can talk to America's concerned about sugary beverages we'd like to be involved in that discussion -- -- callable policy that makes sense is as you.
As you pointed out this this this so poorest villages had a lot of local polls.
It was really -- and wasn't good public policy.
Stadiums of Serena says that since Delhi's across town and we miss this is summit were far reaching than just.
New York City -- you wanna ask you about the theater chains across this country again is a publicly -- to companies many of our viewers -- These stocks how concerned are day about what's happening her New York City going -- Well again this was declared invalid and we hope that something like this won't -- rise again.
But if you look at it if it was so forest Cendant had so many loopholes that wouldn't make much sense you could -- the big sodas and one store but not in the store directly next door you can get refills he could -- your -- sugar at the end of the day the judge agreed with everything we're saying.
It just wouldn't accomplish its goals and and that's why again he said this was more about power than it is about sugary -- And what it wish -- about the small businesses -- -- a got a statement last night from the American Beverage Association and they said that.
This ruling provides us hi -- New Yorkers in thousands of small businesses in New York City are eliciting your members of a larger.
Restaurant chains if you while the larger -- -- energy Spencer of the small business owner here New York City is also reached out about the -- cracked.
Oh yes and in many of our members are small businesses small mom and pop restaurants that this -- affected tremendously.
That it's you know these these sort of publicly talk about the public policy of this all day long but actually has real world consequence -- businesses that would have to.
Change other inventory don't have to find if they mistakenly violated the law and that's my that's coming out of of of the -- the people might appeal to afford.
Well I think guys on the -- enjoy my you know my eighteen announced a Diet Coke guys and say but you know again sugary drinks.
We'll let you know they were successful at calorie counts he was successful was smoking I think it's gonna be very I think by gentlemen I think -- here in New York.
Those issues that went through the City Council improper follow the proper legislative way in the proper way of doing something this didn't and that's why we won today the Health Department yes all right we will be following this not -- of course Andrew was off thank you gentlemen appreciate it.