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Myth vs. Fact: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages And Diabetes

July 28, 2014

You recently may have heard or read a common myth: that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages causes Type 2 diabetes.  The truth is, type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors.  If we want to get serious about obesity and diabetes, it starts with proper nutrition education and being physically active.  Simply put?  Balance what you eat and drink with what you do.

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News Releasesview all News Releases

June 2, 2014

William Dermody Joins American Beverage Association As Vice President Of Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan K. Neely, president and chief executive officer of the American Beverage Association (ABA), today named William M. Dermody Jr. vice president of policy for the association. 

May 12, 2014

ABA’S Genna Gent Promoted To Head Up Association's Government Affairs Operation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Susan K. Neely, president and chief executive officer of the American Beverage Association (ABA), today announced the promotion of Genevieve K. "Genna" Gent to senior vice president of government affairs for the association.

April 22, 2014

American Beverage Association Marks Earth Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s non-alcoholic beverage industry celebrates Earth Day – today and every day – through its cutting-edge sustainability practices and ongoing efforts to reduce their environmental impact.

March 31, 2014

Research Presented At Cardiology Conference Fails To Show Causal Relationship Between Diet Beverages And Cardiovascular Events

“This study’s actual results do not show that drinking diet beverages causes cardiovascular events among any population.  The lead author also states this in a news release.  Being overweight, however, is a major risk factor for heart disease.  Diet beverage consumption has been shown to help with weight loss as part of an overall weight management plan, with numerous studies repeatedly demonstrating their benefits in helping to reduce calorie intake.”


Today's SmartBrief

Coconut water brands battle for supremacy

Coconut water hit mainstream America in 2004 when Vita Coca and Zico appeared on the streets of Manhattan. In 2009, Coca-Cola purchased a stake in Zico before buying the company outright last year. Vita Coca fought back and now claims 60% market share to Zico's 20%, and the company recently sold a 25% stake to Red Bull China. The duel continues and could escalate as coconut water is predicted to become a $1 billion category. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/26)

Dr Pepper tackles diet "problem" head on

Dr Pepper Snapple Group is looking to boost sales of its diet beverages by tying them into promotional programs around college football as well as scaling down product sizes. "Diet is taking us down," said Larry Young, president and CEO. "We're all over it, we're really digging deep into it, and we have programs for the second half that we think are really going to take this on." (free registration) (7/25)

Safeway, Albertsons merger gets shareholder OK

Safeway's shareholders approved a merger with supermarket chain Albertsons last week to allow the $9 billion deal that would create a supermarket chain with 2,400 locations and a quarter-million employees. The shareholders also set annual compensation for executive officers and elected nine directors. Cerberus Capital Management, owners of Albertsons, proposed the merger in March. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/25)

Cargill: Americans want products that offer "steady" energy

When it comes to a product's energy messaging, "steady" energy resonates best with Americans, according to Cargill. Slow release energy beverages are especially appealing because the messaging implies that consumers can sustain their activity for a longer period of time. FoodNavigator (7/25) Click Here to Receive ABA SmartBrief Alerts

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Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary Wins 2014 Childhood Obesity Prevention Award!

ABA is proud to support the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 2014 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards announced on January 23, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity.

In the medium city category, Waterbury, Conn., Mayor Neil O'Leary took home first place for his "Kids Marathon Program," which keeps kids active by introducing them to the sport of running. The initiative is operated through a collaboration of the YMCA, City of Waterbury, Department of Education, Boys and Girls Club and the Police Activity League.

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