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January 13, 2017
To shore up the budget, Illinois policymakers are considering placing a penny-per-ounce tax on common grocery store items like juice drinks, soda, sports drinks and tea.
A recent editorial from The Jacksonville Journal-Courier urges policymakers to tell the truth about the proposed tax – it’s not about health, it’s all about raising revenue. But discriminatory taxes hurt hardworking families and local businesses. The consequences of such a tax would lead to “lost jobs coming from the likely decline in sales when consumers have to pay an additional 70 cents for a two-liter bottle or $1.44 for a 12 pack of drinks. Those lost jobs will trickle down to decreased revenue for everyone along the chain, from producers to convenience store workers.”
Not only can these taxes have devastating…
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Alliance for a Healthier Generation and American Beverage Association Issue First Progress Report on Reducing Beverage Calories
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and America’s beverage companies today issued the first annual independent evaluation of the Balance Calories Initiative, a landmark effort to decrease beverage calories in the American diet. The Balance Calories Report on 2015 Progress lays out the ambitious work that beverage companies have undertaken to build a foundation of strategies in the marketplace that drive changes in consumer purchases and consumption.more
Beverage industry announces milestones in its commitment to eliminate waste to landfill from facilitiesmore
WASHINGTON, D.C. – We respect the decision of voters in these cities. Our energy remains squarely focused on reducing the sugar consumed from beverages – engaging with prominent public health and community organizations to change behavior. We’re driving this change across America, including communities with the highest rates of obesity. It’s the hard work necessary for true and lasting change.more
The American Beverage Association (ABA) today announced the election of Jeff Honickman, CEO of Pepsi-Cola & National Brand Beverages, Ltd, as Chair of its Board of Directors, as well as other officers and members to the Board.more
Cott Corp. launches $800,000 headquarters expansionFlorida's Cott Corp. will invest $800,000 to expand its headquarters and create 60 jobs in the Tampa area to support the company's growing beverage operations. "Cott has undergone a significant and positive transformation in recent years including acquisitions such as DS Services, Aquaterra, Eden Springs and most recently, S&D Coffee and Tea," said CEO Jerry Fowden. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (1/13)
Coca-Cola CEO Kent considers lessons, leadership and legacyCoca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent is reflecting on his legacy as he prepares to leave the company in May. Creating value, striving to always learn more and building a vision for the future are among the top leadership lessons that he embraced while expanding the brand's portfolio and focusing on strong revenue growth during his time at the beverage company's helm. Fortune (1/15)
Coffee-based energy drink Sunniva aims for national distributionStar Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (1/14)
Jack Daniel's launches non-alcoholic whiskey-flavored coffeeWECT-TV (Wilmington, N.C.) (1/13) Click Here to Receive ABA SmartBrief Alerts
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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.