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Twice in the past month, the Post-Gazette editorial writers have taken shots at Pennsylvania's soft drink industry -- an industry that provides good jobs to Pennsylvanians and a variety of choices for Pennsylvania consumers.

It's hard to believe that reasonable, mainstream media outlets could use over-the-top rhetoric like "lay waste to communities ... with unhealthy products" ("Unworthy Cause," Feb. 3 editorial) when referring to our industry.

The beverage industry provides a wide variety of full-, low- and no-calorie options to consumers. We've clearly labeled our products to empower consumers to pick the drink that's right for them. We've removed full-calorie products from schools, and we're taking aggressive steps to encourage our customers to make healthy choices.

Before making such uninformed statements, the Post-Gazette and other critics should spend more time learning the facts and should recognize the power of consumers to make the right decisions for themselves and their families.

TONY CRISCI
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Beverage Association
Harrisburg


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