Blog: Sip & Savorview all posts
March 2, 2015
Over the past few years, some lawmakers and members of the public health community have repeatedly attempted to make proposals to tax common grocery items like soft drinks the solution to the obesity issue. But the public isn’t buying it. People know that getting serious about obesity starts with education – not laws and regulation. In fact, voters in more than 30 states and cities across the country have rejected soda taxes in the past few years.
However, the latest state to introduce this shortsighted approach is Vermont. And get this: The soda tax was also introduced in Vermont in 2011, 2013 and 2014. And it was rejected all three times.
News Releasesview all News Releases
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
Tio Gazpacho expands distribution, plans new productsMiami-based Tio Gazpacho has entered the New York City market with its high-pressure processed line of organic soup blends. Gourmet Guru is distributing the products to independent grocers such as Brooklyn Harvest Market and Nature's Pantry. The brand has a line extension in the works that could include a watermelon, habanero and cilantro soup, founder Austin Allan said. BevNet.com (2/27)
Sensient taps into tea trend for "mood balancing" beveragesA new beverage concept from Sensient Flavors aims to deliver drinks with "mood balancing" properties. The beverages lines contain different types of tea and use fruit and vegetable juices to impart mood-enhancing color, such as red for energy. BeverageDaily.com (France) (2/27)
Tumeric: Elixir of Life rebrands as Temple TurmericHigh-pressure processed juice brand Temple Turmeric will debut its rebranded packaging at the Natural Products Expo West this week. The redesigned label highlights the brand's mandala artwork and corrects the spelling of turmeric, which was intentionally mispelled as "tumeric" on earlier labels. BevNet.com (2/27)
Mondelez divests Japanese coffee business to focus on core snack brandsFoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (2/27) Click Here to Receive ABA SmartBrief Alerts
Worth a Watch...
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.