Sugary drink ban preparation costs businesses to revamp options

The city say it will be allowing a

The city say it will be allowing a soda ban grace period for the first three months that the law is in effect.

FORDHAM - The halting of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's sugary drink ban cost local businesses time and money spent preparing for the new regulations.

For years, the White Castle restaurant in Fordham has been serving 44-, 32-, and 21-ounce drink options but recently spent thousands to change over to the new 16-ounce limit.

"This has been months of phone calls with dozens of people trying to understand what this ban really meant, and what we could do to be compliant with the ban, and understand what our options were," said Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle.

A state Supreme Court decided the ban “arbitrarily applies to only some sugary drinks.”

Bloomberg says he plans to appeal the judge’s decision and is asking businesses to comply with the law on their own.

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