Soft drink "pouring rights": marketing empty calories to children

Public Health Rep. Jul-Aug 2000;115(4):308-19. doi: 10.1093/phr/115.4.308.


Healthy People 2010 objectives call for meals and snacks served in schools to contribute to overall diets that meet federal dietary guidelines. Sales in schools of foods and drinks high in calories and low in nutrients undermine this health objective, as well as participation in the more nutritious, federally sponsored, school lunch programs. Competitive foods also undermine nutrition information taught in the classroom. Lucrative contracts between school districts and soft drink companies for exclusive rights to sell one brand are the latest development in the increasing commercialization of school food. These contracts, intended to elicit brand loyalty among young children who have a lifetime of purchases ahead of them, are especially questionable because they place schools in the position of "pushing" soft drink consumption. "Pouring rights" contracts deserve attention from public health professionals concerned about the nutritional quality of children's diets.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Beverages*
  • Child
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Commerce / standards
  • Dietary Sucrose
  • Food Industry / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Legislation, Food*
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Public Health / standards*
  • Schools / standards
  • United States


  • Dietary Sucrose