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February 27, 2015
Today, Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) wrapped up its Building a Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C., where public health advocates, members of the food and beverage industry and First Lady Michelle Obama stressed the importance of public-private partnerships to combat the challenge of childhood obesity.
At today’s plenary session, industry executives talked about how their companies are developing new and innovative products to meet consumer demand for better-for-you and more low-calorie choices.
Our industry agrees with the First Lady that we accomplish much more faster by working together to help reduce obesity rates. After all, our industry has a long record of working with thought leaders on meaningful solutions to societal challenges such as obesity.
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2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines For Americans Advisory Committee Report Makes Recommendations That Ignore Scientific Evidence
We appreciate the work of the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and agree that total diet and physical activity must be taken into consideration to achieve a healthy lifestyle. However, the Committee’s efforts went beyond its charge and authority to develop dietary recommendations based on scientific evidence by advocating for public policies such as taxes and restrictions on foods and beverages. The Committee does not have the authority to make such recommendations, nor the scientific evidence or expertise to back up its recommendations.more
American Beverage Association Response To Human Reproduction Study On Sugar-Sweetened Beverages And Menarche
“Neither this study nor the body of science shows that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption causes early onset of menarche. What the body of science supports is that adolescent girls are reaching puberty earlier than prior generations; however, there is no scientific consensus concerning the cause of this trend.”more
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced today the winners of 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards, during its 83rd Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. The awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity.more
“Energy drinks have been enjoyed safely by millions of people around the world for more than 25 years, and in the U.S. for more than 15 years. Energy drinks, their ingredients and labeling are regulated by the FDA, and, like most consumer products, their advertising is subject to oversight from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.more
Wider availability of erythritol lets Honest Fizz go all-organicHonest Tea is updating its zero-calorie soda line to make all products USDA-certified organic, thanks in part to a drop in the price of erythritol due to increased availability. When the updated line launches next month it will ditch its slim 12 oz. cans in favor of standard cans. BevNet.com (2/24)
Herbs, spices sector grows as consumers demand natural flavorsMany food manufacturers that are switching to natural formulations are choosing traditional herbs and spices over naturally derived "added flavors," according to Foodtrending. Herbs and spices are most popular in savory dishes because they lend a home-cooked feel, while dairy and beverage applications still rely heavily on high-intensity added flavors, Aurora Ceres Partnership's Steve Osborn said. FoodNavigator (2/26)
Dunkin' to expand K-Cup sales beyond restaurantsFoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (2/26)
Rise of fiber may require brands to throw more muscle behind proteinThe snacks industry may need to take a new approach to protein as fiber becomes a major power in the fortified snacks segment, according to Datamonitor Consumer. Brands may want to consider a switch to premium and novel protein sources, such as insect flours, Datamonitor analysts said. BakeryAndSnacks.com (France) (2/26) Click Here to Receive ABA SmartBrief Alerts
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Lima Mayor David Berger wins 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Award
ABA is proud to support the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards. Announced in January, the awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity.
You can learn more about the first place in the small city category winner by watching this video featuring Mayor David Berger of Lima, Ohio, and his "Cooking for Change" healthy eating initiative. By encouraging creativity and innovation to help reduce obesity in Lima and Allen County, the program, which is designed by local food management and culinary arts students, offers challenges and cooking classes for both students and families to find efficient ways to make healthy and affordable meals.