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U.S. Senator Gillibrand: Soda Taxes Are Not The Way To Fight Obesity

March 27, 2015

Speaking at a Washington Post “Changing Menus” event in Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., called soda taxes regressive and said that there are better ways to fight obesity.

A post in Capital New York covered Gillibrand’s remarks, and cited her as saying that taxing soda will mean less money in family budgets to be able to afford fresh fruits and vegetables.

We couldn’t agree more.  What you put in your grocery cart is your choice!  We know that regressive taxes on soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages won’t make people healthier – diet and exercise do that!

For more information on soda taxes and how to keep politicians out of your grocery cart, visit


News Releasesview all News Releases

March 17, 2015

Low- And No-Calorie Beverages Repeatedly Shown To Be An Effective Tool For Weight Loss And Weight Maintenance

“Previous research, including human clinical trials, supports that diet beverages are an effective tool as part of an overall weight management plan.  Numerous studies have repeatedly demonstrated the benefits of diet beverages – as well as low-calorie sweeteners, which are in thousands of foods and beverages – in helping to reduce calorie intake.

February 19, 2015

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.

January 27, 2015

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.”

January 22, 2015

Six U.S. Cities Win Grant Awards To Support Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiatives

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.


Today's SmartBrief

Bottled water makers compete with innovative packaging

With competition heating up as more consumers shift away from sweetened soft drinks, bottled water brands are looking to differentiate their products through packaging. This year, Fiji refreshed its bottles with its first label redesign in more than a decade, and last year Perrier debuted a line of bottles designed by a collaboration of street artists. (3/13)

Soft drinks could go beyond sweet if consumer taste buds can adjust

Soft drinks made without sweeteners are conceivable, but consumer tastes may have to change before they are a viable option for brands, according to beverage industry experts. Non-sweet flavorings such as ginseng and ginger have been used as tea ingredients in Asia for centuries, but the inclination to use milk and sugar is dominant in modern society as palates are accustomed to sweeter tastes, according to Tg Green Teas co-founder Sophia Nadur. (France) (3/26)

Retailers turn to smaller companies to meet shifting consumer tastes

Smaller food and beverage companies like Amy's Kitchen and Chobani are gaining ground against bigger rivals such as Kraft Foods Group and Kellogg as consumer tastes shift to eating more natural and organic foods and big food retailers look to capitalize. "Our customers are increasingly telling us that buying local or buying from boutique producers is something they want, and we are working even harder to provide it," a Kroger spokesman said. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/26)

Consumers look for seamless online-offline transition, survey says

Consumers seek a seamless transition between online and offline shopping experiences, with 82% expecting retail prices to be the same across both channels, according to a survey by Accenture. The survey also found that consumers are willing to pay more for fast delivery and that nearly 40% would use loyalty points and save money with in-store digital offers. Supermarket News (free registration) (3/25) 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.

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