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It’s Your Choice

April 18, 2014

Did you know that, according to the Food Marketing Institute, the typical grocery store is stocked with 42,686 items? It is a consumer’s world and we like them full of choices and options, right?

So, when we hear that some lawmakers want to pass regulations that limit your choices in the grocery store, we wonder – where will it end?  Anything that any politician dislikes or has an issue with will become a new target for a tax or a ban.

It’s nonsense to think government can legislate healthy lifestyles.

Check out for more information on how you can help prevent nosey politicians from poking around your grocery cart.


News Releasesview all News Releases

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.”

February 25, 2014

American Beverage Association Supports First Lady's Announcement On School Wellness

America’s non-alcoholic beverage industry applauds First Lady Michelle Obama’s common-sense efforts to strengthen school wellness policies, including support for aligning food and beverage signage in schools to reflect what is allowed under U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations. 

February 13, 2014

Soda Taxes Burden Businesses, Put Good Jobs At Risk

"No matter how you look at it, soda taxes mean fewer jobs. Americans have made it clear they don't support taxes and other restrictions on common grocery items, like soft drinks. Soda taxes have unintended consequences on middle-class jobs and small businesses. For these and other reasons, tax proposals continue to fail wherever they are introduced.

Change happens when everyone works together - government, academia, healthcare and businesses like ours. It's time we collaborate to find real solutions. We hope serious thought leaders will agree."

February 10, 2014

American Beverage Association Statement On Caffeine Sources Among Children And Adolescents

“This study shows that children and adolescents consume less caffeine than they have in previous years. In fact, the most recent data demonstrates virtually no caffeine consumption from energy drinks among children under 12 and extremely low consumption for adolescents aged 12 to 18. Furthermore, findings from this study reaffirm that overall, consumption of caffeine from soft drinks by this group also has decreased.”


Today's SmartBrief

Nooyi touts strong first quarter for PepsiCo

While PepsiCo is known for having a long-term and orderly succession plan, current CEO Indra Nooyi reiterated that she is still very much in charge during a recent call with analysts. "In terms of succession...we start talking about CEO succession the day after you appoint anyone in that job...But let me assure you at this point, I'm still in the chair," Nooyi said. PepsiCo reported its first quarter results, which saw a rise in revenues to $12.62 billion and a net income increase of 13%. (France) (4/17)

Frava's fruit and java gamble pays off

Frava, a name derived from the beverage's ingredients of fruit and java, is available in 250 Target stores and just signed a deal for distribution to 470 Holiday convenience stores throughout the Midwest in addition to the more than 400 New York locations, just one year after the product launched. The caffeinated beverages are 40% juice and contain 200 mg of natural caffeine. Frava plans to reformulate the drinks to include natural sweeteners that are in line with the "no artificial" image, according to Chief Marketing Officer Alex Portin. FoodNavigator (4/17)

Coca-Cola to supply InterContinental Hotels Group

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (4/17)

Nutrition Facts changes might not affect perceptions

Possible changes to the Nutrition Facts panel, including adjusted serving sizes and information on added sugar, might not significantly affect consumers' perceptions of products, according to an online test conducted by The Hartman Group. "As previous Hartman Group research indicates, the nutrition panel is just one of many information sources that concerned consumers use to make informed decisions," the company said. FoodNavigator (4/18) Click Here to Receive ABA SmartBrief Alerts

Worth a Watch...

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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