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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo to Post Calorie Counts on Vending Machines

U.S. soft drink companies led by Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. have agreed to put calorie counts on vending machines and encourage low-calorie drinks as sugary beverages come under increasing scrutiny.

Starting in 2013, vending machines in government buildings in Chicago and San Antonio will advise consumers to “Check then Choose” and “Try a Low-Calorie Beverage,” according to a statement today by the American Beverage Association, the industry’s chief trade group. The companies, including Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc., will then expand the plan nationally.