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The Evidence is Clear

August 24, 2016

The evidence shows that taxes singling out one item in the grocery cart do not make people healthier, yet some continue to promote taxes as the silver bullet to public health challenges. In a letter to the editor published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, William Swann, counsel for the West Virginia Beverage Association, knocks down claims that taxes will lead to better health.

Swann points out that “federal data shows obesity rates are on the rise while soda consumption is at a 30-year low.” It defies logic, then, to suggest that soda is driving obesity when the less we drink the more obese we get.

One need to look no further than West Virginia to see that soda taxes don’t work, says Swann. “We tax the beverage consumption of our citizens but we remain one of the unhealthiest states…


News Releasesview all News Releases

June 16, 2016

ABA Responds to Philadelphia Soda Tax Passage

The tax passed today is a regressive tax that unfairly singles out beverages – including low- and no-calorie choices.  But most importantly, it is against the law.  So we will side with the majority of the people of Philadelphia who oppose this tax and take legal action to stop it.

May 20, 2016


In response to today’s release of the FDA rule change on the Nutrition Facts Panel, the American Beverage Association issued the following statement:

April 1, 2016

Alliance for a Healthier Generation and America’s Beverage Companies Announce Focused Efforts in Alabama and Mississippi to Reduce Beverage Calories Consumed

American Beverage Association, The Coca-Cola Company, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo Working Together to Reduce Beverage Calories Consumed in the American diet.

February 23, 2016


Susan K. Neely, president and chief executive officer of the American Beverage Association (ABA), named today Fredericka McGee as vice president of California government affairs and operations for the association.


Today's SmartBrief

PepsiCo veteran Bird guides Bhakti chai tea company as it boosts distribution

To help guide Bhakti into the conventional channel, the spicy iced chai brand has hired Sarah Bird, who has held executive positions at companies including Annie's and PepsiCo, as its new CEO. The company is expanding its footprint in mainstream grocers including Target and Kroger and promoting its social message, built around sustainability and empowering women, to millennials. FoodNavigator (8/24)

R.W. Knudsen debuts 5 organic vegetable juice varieties

R.W. Knudsen has launched a line of organic, non-GMO vegetable juices in five flavors, including Organic Tomato Sriracha and Organic Ginger Turmeric. The products are available in glass bottles at retailers throughout the country. Drug Store News (8/23)

Plant proteins, natural sweeteners trending among functional beverages

Healthy, clean-label ingredients are driving the functional beverage category, including sports and energy drinks, said Robert Verdi of Virginia Dare, an ingredient supplier. Plant proteins, probiotics and natural sweeteners such as honey are among the trending ingredients that consumers are seeking. Beverage World Publications Group (8/23)

Big food and beverage manufacturers can increase revenue with 3 strategies

Revenue growth at small- and medium-sized food and beverage companies has outpaced that of bigger manufacturers, but there are ways for big businesses to turn the tide, according to a report by A.T. Kearney and The Hartman Group. Cost-cutting, investing in smaller companies and launching startup investment funds are three strategies that large food companies can use to grow their businesses, the report says. (free registration) (8/23) Click Here to Receive ABA SmartBrief Alerts

Worth a Watch...

The Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards – a program in partnership with the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America and the U.S. Conference of Mayors – supports mayors’ ongoing childhood obesity prevention programs in their cities. The 2016 winners were just announced and Fontana, Calif., Mayor Acquanetta Warren received first place for a medium size city for her “Healthy Kids for a Healthy Fontana” program. The program encourages elementary and middle school children enrolled in the city’s after-school programs to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and provides them with additional opportunities for physical activity. Watch this video to learn more about how this program is helping students learn good lifelong habits on balance.

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