Dairy Queen, the fast-food chain owned by Coca-Cola Co.'s largest shareholder, Warren Buffett, is taking soda off of its children's menu, according to Bloomberg Business.
"Dairy Queen has agreed to remove sodas from its listing of kids' meals on menu boards and replace them with milk and water," read a statement from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). "McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's have each made similar moves this year in response to campaigns waged by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, MomsRising.org and other groups. Subway, Chipotle, Arby's and Panera also do not include soda as the default option with their kids' meals."
This may come as a surprise to many who recall Buffet defending soft drink makers like Coca-Cola, saying he often drinks Cherry Coke. In an interview with Fortune magazine from February of this year, he claimed to "eat like a 6-year-old" and drink at least five sodas a day. But while that may be Buffet key to youthfulness, the likelihood of that diet being beneficial to others is rather low.
"We share CSPI's concern regarding children's nutrition," said Dean Peters, a spokesman for Dairy Queen. "It is important to all of us in the Dairy Queen system which is why we've been—for some time now—working toward offering healthier options on our menu."
Why is soda so bad for you, and especially your little ones? It's packed with sugar and useless calories (unless you go diet and get a fixing of chemical sweeteners). But have no fear. You can still get the drink at all your favorite fast-food places, it just might be more difficult to spot Coke and Pepsi products on the menu.