On July 1, Vermont will become the nation’s state first to enact a mandatory GMO-labeling law. Starting tomorrow, all food and drink products made with genetically modified organisms must have warning labels to stay on store shelves in Vermont.
Ahead of the new regulation, The Coca Cola Company said it will likely pull some of its beverages from stores throughout the state.
“To avoid multiple labeling changes, some lower-volume brands and packages we offer within our broad portfolio could be temporarily unavailable in Vermont,” Coca-Cola Co. spokesman Ben Sheidler confirmed to Bloomberg.
The world’s largest soft-drink company said that its biggest sellers—including Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke and Coke Zero—will still be available, complete with new labeling. But for smaller brands, Sheidler says the company is working out how to restructure product packaging to comply with the new law.
Coca-Cola sells more than 100 different beverage brands in the U.S. including Mello Yello, Odwalla, Dasani, Honest Tea, Fuze, Minute Maid and many more.
Earlier this month, several industry groups sued to block Vermont's law, but all were unsuccessful. Some food companies, including Kellogg Co., Campbell Soup Co. and Mars Inc, have previously announced plans to begin shipping products with labels compliant with the new GMO-labeling law.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.