SEATTLE’S ‘SODA TAX’ NEARLY DOUBLES PRICES AT COSTCO

A $16 Costco case of Gatorade now costs about $10 more due to Seattle’s new sugar tax (KIRO 7)

Customers are feeling the pinch of Seattle’s new Sweetened Beverage Tax. At Costco, a $15.99 case of Gatorade now costs an additional $10.34 due to the tax.

A sign alerts Costco customers to the price change and also lets them know that they can go to the company’s Tukwila or Shoreline stores to buy the product without the added charge.

The new tax went into affect on January 1, 2018 and tacks on 1.75 cents per ounce. It affects soda, sports drinks, kombucha, and other sugary beverages that don’t list milk as their first ingredient.

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