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March 14, 2014
Through bold initiatives such as our Clear on Calories program, we have led the way in ensuring that consumers have important calorie information right at their fingertips, giving them the ability to choose what is right for them. By clearly displaying the amount of calories on the front of every bottle, can and pack, we’re providing information in an easy-to-read and understandable way.
Our Calories Count™ Beverage Vending Program has a similar effect in the way that it presents calorie information. Vending machines now show each container’s total calories on the selection button, and have stickers on the front that remind consumers that “calories count” in all the choices they make.
These initiatives help create awareness and are yet another way that our industry is educating…
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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.
"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."more
“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.”more
“This study shows that adult consumption of added sugars has actually declined, as recently reported by the CDC. A significant part of that reduction is from decreased added sugars from beverages due, in part, to our member companies’ ongoing innovation in providing more low- and no-calorie options. Furthermore, this is an observational study which cannot – and does not – show that cardiovascular disease is caused by drinking sugar-sweetened beverages.”more
Vertical Water's maple water is low in sugar, high in nutritionVertical Water's maple water, which was on display at Natural Products Expo West, does not taste the way consumers and retailers expect, according to Vertical Water Executive Vice President Rudy Quagliuolo. The beverage has a a similar viscosity to spring water, and it contains only small amounts of calories and sugar, while providing minerals such as manganese and calcium. BevNet.com (3/13)
At-home soda machines see 30% sales spikeU.S. sales of at-home soda machines increased 30% last year and sales of related products more than doubled, according to NPD Group. CO2 carbonators saw sales triple last year, which indicates that consumers continue to be invested in the machines, and syrup and mix sales increased 83%, NPD said. While the home-carbonation business is still in its early stages, it "has momentum," said Debra Mednick, home industry analyst for NPD. Growth will continue if manufacturers and retailers can broaden the machines' appeal to consumers, she said. Bloomberg (3/14)
Are social causes the next big food trend?Consumers are increasingly interested in companies' practices and values, and developing a social connection with shoppers based on values could be what drives a company's growth in the future, said Connor Link, senior editor of New Hope Natural Media. "Integration of social beliefs to your very brand is a powerful proposition for your company," Link said. "If you're interacting with a brand and not just consuming but contributing, that's far more powerful than any health claim on the product." FoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (3/13)
Keurig Green Mountain reaches for lofty sustainability goalsKeurig Green Mountain has revamped its sustainability goals, pledging to achieve zero waste-to-landfill, decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 25% and source 100% of its products from sustainable sources by 2020. The company is also working to make all of its K-cup packs recyclable and engage all employees in the company's mission. Environmental Leader (3/13) 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.