Non-Alcoholic Non-Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

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The City is banned from buying non-alcoholic sugar-sweetened drinks with one or more added caloric sweeteners and contains more than 25 calories per 12 ounces. It does not include:

  • Milk
  • Milk alternatives, including but not limited to non-dairy creamers or beverages primarily consisting of plant-based ingredients (such as soy, rice or almond milk products), regardless of sugar content
  • Drinks containing solely 100% natural fruit juice, natural vegetable juice, or combined natural fruit juice and natural vegetable juice;
  • Drinks for infants (e.g., infant formula, infant rehydration)
  • Medical food
  • Drinks designed as supplemental, meal replacement, or sole-source nutrition that includes proteins, carbohydrates, and multiple vitamins and minerals
  • Oral nutritional therapy for person who may have a limited ability to absorb or metabolize dietary nutrients from traditional food or beverages
  • Drinks for weight reduction



Info on this product category: Food, Drinks, Catering, Vending Machines


Also try to be zero waste and:

  • Use reusable servingware, foodware and napkins (e.g., ones that caterers will takeback) or other less-toxic foodware
  • Use the least amount of packaging (ideally no cling wrap)

See the Zero Waste Event Checklist on how to comply with the Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance, such as where to donate leftover food.

Criteria for Food, Drinks, Catering, Vending Machines

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Last updated

Last updated: 
March 4, 2019

Guide for City Staff

San Francisco created the:

  • First comprehensive food policy in 2009 for the City which addresses hunger, healthy food for City meetings and events, food production on City owned land and more.
  • Ordinance 99-15 barring the City and its contractors or grantees from selling or distributing sugar-sweetened beverages.

  • Ordinance 91-16 setting nutritional standards for food and beverages sold in vending machines on city property or served at city meetings and events.


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