(CHICAGO) November 7, 2013 – NAMA is celebrating two significant victories in ballot initiatives directly impacting the industry; one in Telluride, Colorado and one in Washington State.
Telluride, Colorado - Sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax defeated
NAMA assisted in the effort to defeat a measure to impose a one-cent per one fluid ounce excise tax on certain sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Telluride. This would have burdened business owners with a new tax compliance and impacted consumers with higher costs.
NAMA joined the Colorado Vending Council, the American Beverage Association and other industry organizations and leaders in educating the community on the effects of this proposed tax increase on the industry.
“Thanks to informed voters, we avoided what would have been an overly-burdensome tax on the industry and its consumers. We look forward to working with Telluride and other communities to promote healthy choices within the industry without raising taxes and imposing additional regulations,” said Eric Dell, NAMA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.
Washington State - Product labeling measure defeated
I-522, an initiative to require thousands of products to be labeled “genetically modified,” was voted down in the state of Washington.
Sandy Larson, NAMA’s Government Affairs Counsel, worked to spearhead the Northwest Automatic Vending Association’s activities to defeat this measure. “If I-522 would have passed, it would have had a major impact on the vending and refreshment services industry in Washington,” said Larson.
According to Dell, “Moving forward, there will continue to be challenges like these all across the country. You can count on NAMA to do everything in its power to help foster a business-friendly climate whenever the opportunity arises.”
Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $42 billion vending, coffee service and foodservice management industries. With more than 1,800 member companies – including many of the world’s most recognized brands - NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership.