Tamil Nadu Traders Association's call to shopkeepers to boycott U.S. soft drink brands Pepsi and Coca Cola and sell only local brands evoked a partial response on Wednesday. Also, about 10,000 shops affiliated to the Coimbatore unit of the Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangangalin Peravai (federation of traders' associations) have stopped selling aerated drinks of multinational companies.
"People have started realising [the realising the adverse health effects of these drinks] and acting in sync with the people of different age group, we have started our work towards stopping the sale of Coco cola and Pepsi", Raja said, adding that several shops already there is stop in the sale.
Traders across Tamil Nadu have called for a boycott on sales of Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
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An apex body of traders associations in January called for a boycott of soft drinks made by PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt.
Trade unions in Tamil Nadu said they targeted the U.S. firms in a broad swipe at foreign businesses as tempers flared after authorities issued a ban past year on a traditional bull-wrestling festival known as Jallikattu.
Only an estimated 50% of traders across the State have completely stopped selling soft drinks from the house of Pepsi and Coca Cola. Its Secretary General Arvind Verma said IBA was "deeply disappointed" to learn about the decision taken by the trade association, it was reported earlier. "But it gained momentum when we extended support to the pro-jallikattu movement", Tha Vellaiyan, president of FTNTA, told BBC Tamil.
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Two?trader associations in Tamil Nadu have called on retailers to stop stocking multi-national beverages such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi because of what they claim are harmful ingredients.
India's leading beverage association expressed disappointment at the proposed ban, saying Coca-Cola and PepsiCo provided direct employment to 2,000 families in the state.
"IBA is open to engage with any organisation that has a diverse point of view", Verma said. "We are promoting Indian soft drinks, and will encourage better sales of fruit juices", he said. Tamil Nadu also has a dispute with the neighboring state of Karnataka over sharing water of the Cauvery River.
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