Raley's removing artificially-flavored private label brand sodas

Pleasanton store expects to be out-of-stock its own high-fructose corn syrup products by Aug. 1

Raley's supermarket in Pleasanton announced this week that it is discontinuing high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavoring from its private label brand sodas including diet soda varieties.

The store will phase-out remaining inventory over the next few weeks and expects to be out of stock of sodas with high-fructose corn syrup by Aug. 1.

"This is a bold first step towards improving our private label options for our customers," said Kevin Curry, Raley's senior vice president of the company's Merchandising & Supply Chain.

"Where we have control over our product lines, we want to make it easier for our customers to make healthier choices," he said.

He said a number of studies conducted over the past few decades suggest that consumption of high-fructose corn syrup is connected with health concerns, including a significant risk of weight gain and obesity, an increased risk of developing Type-2 Diabetes, hypertension and elevated "bad" cholesterol levels and liver damage.

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Posted by tvman
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 12, 2016 at 10:27 am

Thank You Raley's ! Great to see this finally happen.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 12, 2016 at 11:34 am

Nice symbolism but just a minor thing in the big picture. Don't all sodas (Coca cola, Pepsi, 7-Up, Dr. Pepper, etc.) use artificial flavoring and high fructose corn syrup?

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Posted by Nena
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 12, 2016 at 12:56 pm

This is ridiculous! The government and now 'grocers" trying to legislate what we eat and drink? I get to choose whether to drink beverages with high-fructose corn syrup. What next? Are you going to limit quantities because as a society we are too fat? Too much red meat is bad for you - you will only sell me one steak? And removing single-serving Coke and Pepsi products from the front check-out section isn't going to make me quit drinking Diet Coke - it is going to make me shop elsewhere.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2016 at 5:20 am

Nena, you have the right to shop anywhere you want. Raley's also has the right to sell whatever it wants. It is a private business. I don't think it is trying to regulate what you purchase. It is making a conscious decision to not carry the type of junk other brands do. It is their choice, they are not shoving it down your throat.

I applaud them on the decision. There are way too many garbage ingredients used by the food industry in the name of profit.

Hopefully someday people will wake up and realize how bad most of these foods and beverages are to them. But like you point out, Nena, it is all our choice. People will continue consuming as much processed and sugary foods and beverages as they want. They will only have one less brand to choose from at Raley's, that is all.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2016 at 6:28 am

@nena "Are you going to limit quantities because as a society we are too fat?" Now there's an idea. Nah. I would prefer to just refuse health insurance to those who voluntarily cause their own medical problems. Want to be grossly obese? Fine, just pay for your own health problems, no insurance for that. Want to smoke? Don't come crying for health care when you get lung cancer. People who choose to ruin their health need to do so at their own expense. Until life becomes too difficult for these people they will continue to suck the resources dry for those people who live healthy lives. So suck up your sugared soft drinks, supersize your fries and sit on your fat rear end watching TV all day. And when you try to squeeze your obese body into the airline seat next to me you should expect to stay in your own space, not encroach on mine. The 300 pounder who tried to raise the armrest between us, while her gigantic arms extended right into my face, was escorted off the plane because I refuse to have my space abused that way. Thankfully, Southwest Airlines understands that if a person is too fat to confine their rolls into one seat, they have to purchase two. When we stop catering to people who cause their own problems then perhaps they will get their lives under control.

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Posted by Eva
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 13, 2016 at 6:50 am

I'm so pleased to read about this decision by raley's and I commend them
on their initiative to remove these sodas from their shelves.. High fructose corn syrup is a hazard to our health and There are way too many toxic ingredients used by the food industry in the name of profit

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2016 at 9:59 am

@shiree What disease is it exactly that causes a person to smoke? what disease is it exactly that causes a person to eat so much that they are morbidly obese? Oh yeah, "glands" or "genes" or whatever nonsense they use as their excuse as they stuff their mouths with whoppers and donuts. It is a lifestyle choice to smoke, constantly overeat and never exercise. I am tired of funding that lifestyle.

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Posted by Grateful
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 13, 2016 at 11:44 am

I am pleased to see this choice by Raleys. I have an allergy to all forms of corn syrup, and unfortunately this ingredient is in a large range of products--not just sodas, but also most bread products, many sauces, pastries, nearly all non-chocolate candy, etc. As a regular customer of Raleys, I look forward to being able to purchase these additional products at their store as they introduce corn-syrup-free alternatives.

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Posted by Pazo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:56 am

Hopefully Raley's will now also make the decision, in the spirit of making good choices for their customers, to stop selling organic produce. Multiple tests by independent researchers have shown that organic produce has no health benefits over regular produce; and in fact had more pesticide residue. So, Raley's, please make the decision to quit bilking customers by offering organic produce.

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