Good news out of Dallas:
“Representatives of Coca-Cola were armed with a display tray of vitamin waters, juices and diet Cokes Tuesday as they tried to convince Dallas City Council members to accept their proposal to stock city vending machines.
Instead, the council upheld the recommendation of its Budget, Finance and Audit Committee last week to reject proposals from both Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper and try again.
Council members echoed the committee’s concerns about obesity at City Hall and a bidding process that awarded beverage companies points in exchange for how many free drinks they would give council offices.”
Council member Scott Griggs had the following to say about donated sodas: “It sets a bad precedent and looks very bad to the public.”
It’s worth noting that, in the meantime, Dr. Pepper remains as the existing provider in city facilities. But, this is nevertheless a step in the right direction that demonstrates a shift.