Statement from Rob Nash, Executive Director of the Illinois Beverage Association regarding Chicago Ordinance O2021-5726, “Healthy Beverages Ordinance” introduced at December 15th, 2021 meeting of the Chicago City Council

“Earlier this year, the Illinois Beverage Association partnered with the American Heart Association, members of the General Assembly and Illinois restaurants to support legislation (Public Act 102-0529) establishing menu guidelines for children’s meals. The Mayor’s ordinance simply reflects state law that has already passed with the industry’s support. Unfortunately, Mayor Lightfoot’s team apparently was unaware of the coalition in support of the state policy when introducing their ordinance yesterday. Members of the Beverage Association are proud of their track record of offering low and no-calorie choices to consumers and support marketing guidelines for kids.”