U.S. Approves Export of Soft Drinks to Iran - Global Trade Magazine
  October 9th, 2015 | Written by

U.S. Approves Export of Soft Drinks to Iran

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  • Export of beverages produced by U.S. corporations to Iran has been prohibited since the 1990s.
  • The license to export alcohol-free beverages comes in the face of government efforts to inhibit access to U.S. goods.
  • ArKay exec: We will export drinks to Iran and will create jobs for American workers. This is a win-win.

On behalf of the United States Department of State, Secretary of State John Kerry approved a distribution contract signed in September between ArKay Beverages and Sonateb Parsian Ltd.

Export of beverages produced by U.S. corporations to Iran has been prohibited since the 1990s. The U.S. government now takes the position that the new license aims to empower the Iranian people as the Iranian government intensifies efforts to inhibit access to American goods.

The approval document, which came into effect last week, allows for the export and re-exports from the U.S to Iran of ArKay alcohol-free liquor, Alcohol free-beer, and ArKay alcohol-free whiskey flavored cola.

“Now ArKay beverages will be accessible to 100 million consumers in Iran,” said David Angel, Arkay’s vice president of sales. “This benefits everyone. We will export our soft drinks from the U.S. to Iran. This will create more jobs for American workers. This is a win-win situation.”

ArKay Beverages, headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, produces alcohol-free liquors, cocktails, and beers, and ArKay Whisky flavored cola.