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December 11, 2013
George Bernard Shaw once said, “Science is always wrong. It never solves a problem without creating ten more.” No one laughs harder at that joke than those of us here at Sip & Savor. For example, we shared with you yesterday positive scientific news issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which confirmed – once again – that the low-calorie sweetener aspartame is safe for consumption.
In no time, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) released a statement “sharply [criticizing]” EFSA’s conclusions, calling their science “cavalier” and using the opportunity to – once again – push their own agenda and attempt to misinform the public.
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“We are pleased with today’s opinion from the European Food Safety Authority confirming – once again – that aspartame is safe for consumption by the general population, including pregnant women. This opinion, which is based on one of the most comprehensive risk assessments of aspartame to-date, further supports decades of scientific research as well as the positions of regulatory agencies around the globe, including FDA. Furthermore, these experts concluded that aspartame does not cause cancer, harm the brain or nervous system or affect behavior or cognitive function in children or adults.”more
“Our member companies offer a wide variety of product choices, portion sizes and calorie counts, and continue to innovate with more choices to meet evolving consumer needs. Our industry believes in the soft drink business and sees opportunity for continued innovation and growth. Beyond soft drinks, our companies also offer ready-to-drink teas and coffees, water, sports drinks, juices and more.”more
“The fact remains that most mainstream energy drinks contain only about half the caffeine of a similar size cup of coffeehouse coffee. Caffeine is a safe ingredient and is consumed every day in a wide variety of foods and beverages, including energy drinks which have been enjoyed safely by millions of people for nearly three decades. Also, this paper, which looks at only 18 adults, has not been peer-reviewed or published.”more
“This study does not show that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption causes endometrial cancer. In fact, its findings conflict with the results of several other published studies that showed no association between consumption of sugar and risk for endometrial cancer.
The Mayo Clinic states common risk factors as changes in female hormones, older age, obesity, and inherited genetic conditions – not sugar or beverage consumption. Moreover, the study only measured dietary behaviors at the very beginning of the study, yet makes conclusions about health outcomes over 12 years.”more
Starbucks makes a bigger grocery playIn the past two years, Starbucks has purchased juice company Evolution Fresh and bakery La Boulange, while also partnering with Danone Group for yogurt, to expand into the packaged-goods and grocery market. The coffee giant, signaling further expansion into supermarkets, has worked with Safeway to have the Starbucks Signature Aisle installed at about 170 stores. Starbucks also hopes to sell Evolution Fresh yogurt at grocers soon. CNNMoney (12/5)
PepsiCo's Buffalo Wild Wings deal emphasizes snack businessPepsiCo is now the official beverage supplier to restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings. "You’ve got to get in the door with great beverages. But what this partnership does is give Buffalo Wild Wings a full access pass to all that PepsiCo has to offer," said Kirk Tanner, president of PepsiCo's food service business, which includes its snack business. Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith said the chain is interested in utilizing the brand's snack flavors. "They have some incredibly creative culinary innovation, and we’re taking a look at Doritos, Tostitos, Ruffles and Fritos, which fit up very well with our demographic. We would love to do something there, maybe incorporating a flavor profile or sauce profile in our menu," she said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/11)
A new generation of diners discovers the egg creamChicago's Eleven Lincoln Park serves genuine phosphates, Brooklyn Egg Creams and two varieties of barrel-aged root beer at a retro soda fountain that features an original multimixer from 1947. The eatery and others in town aim to win over a new generation with house-made soft drinks. "Soda is fun, it's whimsical, and everyone loves it," Eleven Lincoln Park owner Brad Rubin said. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (12/10)
Marley Coffee expands into mobile coffee carts with BikeCafe Franchising buyAmerican City Business Journals (12/11) Click Here to Receive ABA SmartBrief Alerts
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