How the soda tax affects shopping at Mariposa

Philadelphia Soda Tax

Here's what you need to know.

What is it?

Last year, Mayor Kenny passed the Philadelphia Beverage Tax that went into effect on January 1, 2017. The Philadelphia Beverage Tax, also deemed the Soda Tax by the local media, is a $0.015 tax per ounce on sugary beverages. What’s a sugary beverage? Well, it actually entails more than just soda.

Sugary beverages include any non-alcoholic beverage, syrup, or other concentrate used to prepare a beverage that includes any form of caloric sugar-based sweetener, including, but not limited to:

  • Sucrose
  • Glucose
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Artificial sugar substitutes, including Stevia, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), saccharin, and advantame

Excluded beverages include baby formula, products that contain more than 50 percent milk, fresh fruit, and/or vegetables.

Who pays the tax?

The distributor is responsible for paying the tax. However, our prices will most likely rise on certain items due to the price increases from our distributors. These items include, but are not limited to:

  • Blue Sky Sodas
  • Grab and go drinks including Honest Tea, Highball Energy Drinks, Guayaki Yerba Mate, etc. 
  • Non dairy milks (unsweetened not affected)

This price increase will be reflected in the shelf price and will not be an additional tax at the register.

Where does the tax go?

The tax money is to go to community schools, rec centers, libraries, parks and pre-k schooling. This tax policy is popular among European countries, but Philadelphia was the second American city to pass this law after Berkley, California. San Francisco, Oakland, and Boulder have since followed suit. Read more about it here.

What's next?

We are working with our distributors to finalize what items will be affected by the Beverage Tax. If you have any questions about how the tax will affect your Mariposa shopping trips, please contact marketing@mariposa.coop or call 215-729-2121.