1. Tamil Nadu traders to stop selling Coca Cola and Pepsi from March 1

Tamil Nadu traders to stop selling Coca Cola and Pepsi from March 1

The head of the Tamil Nadu Traders Federation said it is the duty of the government to ban these, the trade associations do not have the authority, so they are telling traders not to sell them.

By: | Tamil Nadu | Updated: January 26, 2017 5:50 PM
Coca-Cola Co and the American Beverage Association trade group were sued on Wednesday for allegedly misleading consumers about the health risks from consuming sugary beverages. (Reuters) Coca-Cola and Pepsi will not be sold in Tamil Nadu from March 1, according to traders. (Reuters)

Tamil Nadu’s traders’ associations have decided to boycott and not sell aerated drinks in the state starting from March 1, according to certain reports. The Make in India thought has taken residence in their heart and they have decided to not sell soft drinks made of multinational companies which are international. They will also be telling hotels and restaurants to stop making these products available to the customers. Coca Cola and Pepsi control 80 per cent of the market of soft drinks in India, according to data collected by Neilson and it often becomes difficult to promote Indian soft drinks in this scenario.

According to a report in The Hindu newspaper, Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangangalin Peramaipu President AM Vikramaraja was of the opinion that the trade associations will spend the entire month of February in educating the traders regarding the “evils” of these foreign brands.

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“They cause more harm than good to the body. Only recently, one of the brands had admitted to the fact that it was not suitable for children and that it contained certain harmful chemicals,” Vikramaraja said in an interview to The Hindu.

According to The News Minute’s interview with several agitators against Jallikattu ban at Marina Beach, they demanded ban on these products claiming these companies were using the state’s water bodies to manufacture aerated drinks.

The head of the Tamil Nadu Traders Federation, Vellaiyan, in an interview to The News Minute, said it is the duty of the government to ban these, the trade associations do not have the authority, so they are telling traders not to sell them. “Many reports have found that such products contain pesticides and are poisonous to one’s health. It is the government’s duty to ban these products, but since it is unwilling to do so, we decided to do it (not sell it),” Vellaiyan said.

Though Coca Cola and Pepsi control a huge portion of the market of soft drinks, Coca-Cola in October 2016 announced that sale of their soft drink products went down by 4 per cent in Q3 after the introduction of a range of non-fizzy healthy beverages in the market such as packaged lassi, aam panna, etc.

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    ggg
    Jan 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm
    Instead of Coca Cola , Pepsi and other ready made drinks, DRINK one 'TENDER COCONUT " and be healthy....
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      babu
      Jan 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm
      dont sell forgin choclates, alchol, cars, bikes, cigrates, TV, Mobile etc to save poor indians Ha Ha Ha !!!!!!!
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        sandy
        Jan 25, 2017 at 12:30 pm
        This we can say. "Mera Desh Badal Rha Hai"
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          d albert
          Jan 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm
          Why only these two products? Before banning Pepsi and Cola, India must produce better products than these. Moreover, banning any products should originate from consumers and not traders.
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            DJ
            Jan 25, 2017 at 12:23 pm
            Great move, keep going. There are lot of products to be banned.!!!
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              s
              Jan 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm
              Why are those rahman-kamal not asking the tamil to be more cultural in having "More" and coconut drink and make TN happy, why waste time on unwanted things and help the poor.
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                Maya
                Jan 25, 2017 at 1:06 pm
                Indian Water is far better than these product, Do you need more examples?
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                1. haradeep
                  Jan 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm
                  Why don't traders stop selling cigarettes and liquor, which are made by foreign companies? Health point of, these are more dangerous than Coke and Pepsi.
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                    krishna kumara
                    Jan 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm
                    start of a revolution!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                      Deva Kumar
                      Jan 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm
                      Things are going out of control. If not controlled at very early stages this can spread to other parts of country in different forms and consume the entire country.Leaderless mobs will lead to anarchy.There must be some mischievous elements and organisations behind these.Wake up call for central and state governments
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                        kumar
                        Jan 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm
                        Lets stop consuming this products all over the world
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                        1. Mill Maroon
                          Jan 25, 2017 at 3:43 pm
                          Thers always bunch of lunatics like u ... whenever some good move comes in u will come and say "why not"? First try to appreciate things come out of that hard deep !!
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                            samin
                            Jan 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm
                            Nice lead by TN common man. Lets make it a success like Jallikattu.
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                              samin
                              Jan 29, 2017 at 5:32 pm
                              We pay high sums of money to invite more troubles to ourself and our kids by having these pesticides. Pepsi-Coke should be banned as govt is not taking any steps.
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                                raja
                                Jan 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm
                                TN traders are great salute them its proved their interest in social welfare this can be too criticised by some money minded poliions
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                                  Nirjhar Jajodia
                                  Jan 25, 2017 at 12:48 pm
                                  Knee jerk response to Trump
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                                    Zeus
                                    Jan 26, 2017 at 3:15 am
                                    Are u saying that beer is more harmful than cola? do some research maybe!
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                                      praveen
                                      Jan 25, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                                      Ban every product from out side country including IT jobs, buying computers...etc, then our GDP will come down from 7.2 to 1. Instead of banning pepsi and coca cola, please launch compeive product against it and attract people as patanjali is doing.
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                                        Prem
                                        Jan 26, 2017 at 2:29 pm
                                        Better products....you made my day...these are pesticides..
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                                          Ram
                                          Jan 25, 2017 at 12:13 pm
                                          I do not myself take any of these products. But the traders are not avoiding these products out of their conviction. Certain anti-social groups like Tamil separatist Groups and some religious outfits opposed to USA seem to be terrorising the shops against stocking these products. Government should investigate the matter and take strong steps against such elements.
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                                          1. Sathya Thithan
                                            Jan 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm
                                            RAM IS HIRED FOR COMMENTING HERE!! :D
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