CEO of Coca-Cola Mad About Soda Ban

Muhtar Kent says banning large sodas isn't the way to solve obesity
Muhtar Kent, shown in 2010, is against the NYC soda ban.

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Today, in some not surprising news, Coca-Cola's CEO, Muhtar Kent, is speaking out against the proposed soda ban in New York City. Kent, who spoke with Fox Business News, argues that banning large sugary drinks — or anything, for that matter — won't solve the obesity crisis. 

Kent spoke to FOX while at the Olympics, where Coca-Cola is a major sponsor. To the critics, who argued that Coca-Cola should not be a major sponsor of the most athletic competition in the world, Kent said his company is actively making healthier options. He said, "Take a country like Britain. Under the trademark of Coca-Cola, now 40 percent of what we consumers choose under trademark Coca-Cola is calorie-free." 

Kent has also spoken to the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets to voice his opinions. He said to WSJ on June 18, "It is, I believe, incorrect and unjust to put the blame on any single ingredient, any single product, any single category of food." Other officials from Coca-Cola have also said they believe Mayor Bloomberg is unfairly demonizing the soda industry. 

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