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The Facts About Caffeine

July 22, 2014

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about caffeine, so it’s important that you get the facts straight.  First, caffeine is a safe ingredient and is one of the most comprehensively studied ingredients in the food supply.  It is safely consumed every day, in a wide variety of foods and beverages.  And it has been consumed by billions of people around the world for hundreds of years.

You also may have heard or read that today’s teenagers are consuming a lot more caffeine than ever before – simply not the case.  In fact, a report on caffeine consumption among the U.S. population commissioned by FDA in 2009, and then updated in 2010 and again in 2012, indicated that teens and young adults ages 14 to 21 years consume, on average, approximately one-third the amount of caffeine as…


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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Today's SmartBrief

Talking Rain CEO: Competition could bring more attention to beverage sector

Talking Rain CEO Kevin Klock said big beverage companies may be able to bring some much-needed attention to the beverage space, which could be beneficial for all beverage companies. "We need more successes in the category to convince retailers to add more shelf space so there is more opportunity for us. The more competition, the more attention comes to us without having to spend a lot of money on marketing and advertising." BrandChannel.com (7/21)

Campbell Soup to introduce 200 new items focusing on fresh

Consumers are looking for fresh ingredients and transparency about what is in their food, according to Campbell Soup's CEO Denise Morrison. In response, the company is launching 200 new products this year to meet that mandate, including its first organic line of soup and new flavors of V8 juice. The company also recently announced a children's line of fresh beverages, produce and salad dressings under the Bolthouse Farms brand. Advertising Age (free access for SmartBrief readers) (7/22)

Iced tea offers vehicle for 3 big beverage trends

Americans drank 3.6 billion gallons of tea in 2012 and 85% of that was iced tea, according to the Tea Association of the USA. Restaurants can capitalize on the popular beverage by adding tea to cocktails and "mocktails." Operators can offer upscale offerings such as aged tea or kombucha, or infuse tea with trendy dessert flavors like French vanilla or pecan praline. QSR Magazine (7/2014)

Coca-Cola patents natural fermentation method for fortified beverages

Coca-Cola has filed a patent for a method of natural fortification that creates fermented beverages containing up to 20 times the recommended daily intake of vitamins like vitamin B12, vitamin K, folate and biotin. The company's scientists said a single fermentation method and micro-organism can be used to boost the vitamin levels in both carbonated beverages and non-carbonates such as coffee and dairy drinks. BeverageDaily.com (France) (7/21) 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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