The American Beverage Assn. (ABA) last month made a pre-emptive strike against legislation limiting carbonated soft drinks in schools by adopting a policy aimed at providing lower-calorie and nutritious beverages and limiting the availability of soft drinks.Under the new policy, the beverage industry will provide:
- Elementary schools with only water and 100 percent juice.
- Middle schools with only nutritious and/or lower calorie beverages, such as water, 100 percent juice, sports drinks, no-calorie soft drinks and low-calorie juice drinks. No full-calorie soft drinks or full-calorie juice drinks with five percent or less juice until after school.
- High schools with a variety of beverage choices, such as bottled water, 100 percent juice, sports drinks, and juice drinks. No more than 50 percent of the vending selections will be soft drinks.