New Vending Machines Will Display Calories

NEW YORK (October 8, 2012)--As criticism over sugary sodas intensifies, the beverage industry is rolling out new vending machines that display just how many calories are the drinks the machines dispense before customers make purchases.

The vending machines will launch in Chicago and San Antonio municipal buildings in 2013 before they’re rolled out nationally.

The American Beverage Association, which represents Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc., said the machines will increase the availability of lower-calorie drinks and remind consumers to consider their options with messages such as "Try a Low-Calorie Beverage."

They'll also add calorie labels to the selections buttons on beverage vending machines to show calorie counts per container.

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