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“America’s beverage companies are ahead of the curve when it comes to providing consumers the information they need to make the choices that are right for them. We have already put clear calorie information on the front of every bottle, can and pack we make, and we’re providing calorie information on company-controlled vending machines. FDA’s announcement provides consumers nationwide with consistent information about the foods and beverages they consume outside the home.”more
Dr. Maia M. Jack Joins The American Beverage Association As Vice President Of Science And Regulatory Affairs
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Susan K. Neely, president and chief executive officer of the American Beverage Association (ABA), today named Maia M. Jack, Ph.D., as vice president of science and regulatory affairs for the association.more
American Beverage Association Responds To Unpublished Analysis Of Poison Control Center Data On Energy Drinks
“This abstract has not been published and therefore the authors’ full methodology and analysis is not available for review. In the past, various experts have raised concerns regarding misinterpretation and inherent limitations of data from National Poison Data System when it comes to Energy Drinks. Based on the most recent government data reported in the journal Pediatrics, children under 12 have virtually no caffeine consumption from energy drinks.more
ABA President and CEO Susan Neely Recognized As One Of Washington Business Journal's "2014 Women Who Mean Business"
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan K. Neely, president and chief executive officer of the American Beverage Association (ABA), was recognized by the Washington Business Journal last evening as one of this year’s 25 “Women Who Mean Business.” Neely is profiled in today’s edition of the Washington Business Journal.
4 food and beverage trends to watch in 2015Four major trends in food and beverage to watch in 2015 include Asian and Latin flavors such as sriracha maple and cherry yuzu, as well as Vietnamese and other gourmet coffees, all-day breakfast promotions, and nut-based products that promote healthy fats and protein, according to Comax Flavors. FoodNavigator (11/26)
Canada's Blu-Dot to become wholly owned subsidiary of Niagara VenturesDrinks Business Review (11/26)
Companies reduce packaging over environmental concernsRetail stores and corporations worldwide are reducing the size of product packaging to cut down on its environmental impact. Bottle manufacturers are coming out with taller, thinner containers in plastic and glass that use fewer materials than their shorter counterparts while still holding an identical volume of liquid. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/19)
Coca-Cola holiday ad stars Santa ClausCoca-Cola is featuring Santa Claus in its Christmas commercial for the first time since 2011, in an ad adapted from Ogilvy's work with Coca-Cola Germany. Santa does a better job of representing Coke's holiday message this year, said Andy McMillin, vice president of Coca-Cola North America. The 60-second spot will encourage people to "focus on the true spirit of the holidays," said McMillin. Advertising Age (free access for SmartBrief readers) (11/25) 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.