Thank you, Joseph Vitale (chairman of New Jersey’s Senate Health Committee) for calling out Rutgers University’s new contract with Coca-Cola.
- “Rutgers University’s new contract with Coca-Cola promotes unhealthy habits and contradicts its role as a leading biomedical and research university, a state lawmaker says.”
- “The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but the pact will likely generate millions in revenue for Rutgers, which has made nearly $30 million from soda contracts since 1994.”
- “The health consequences of high-sugar soft drinks are clear and unambiguous,” Vitale (D-Middlesex) said. “We shouldn’t be promoting this habit with our college students, and the state university should be supporting healthier choices as alternatives.”
- “The revenue from soda contracts is especially valuable to Rutgers because it comes with limited spending restrictions, and the university has used it to fund scholarships and academic programs and pay high-profile commencement speakers.But Vitale said the soda money represents a small amount of the university’s $3 billion budget and he expects more from the university, especially considering its president, Robert Barchi, is a doctor.”