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March 6, 2014
Quick fact: Consumption of all sugar-sweetened beverages accounts for just six percent of the average person’s daily caloric intake.
It might surprise you to know that soft drinks are playing a small and declining role in the American diet. In fact, all sugar-sweetened beverages account for just six percent of the average person’s diet. (That includes soda, teas, flavored waters, sports drinks, energy drinks, juice drinks and other beverages.) The six percent comes from a U.S. Department of Agriculture analysis of government NHANES data.
This means that people are getting 94 percent of their calories from other foods.
This begs the question: why are some in the public health community attempting to assign 100 percent of the blame for obesity on just 6 percent of calories?
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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
Majority stake in Mountain Valley Spring is sold to Great Range CapitalPrivate equity firm Great Range Capital has purchased a majority stake in Mountain Valley Spring Co., previously owned by J.B. Hunt Transport Services. Mountain Valley reported revenue growth of 38% last year. "Our partnership with Great Range Capital positions us well for continued growth and success. We now have an even greater ability to deliver the high quality products and services our customers have come to expect from Mountain Valley," said Mountain Valley CEO Breck Speed. BevNet.com (3/5)
Beverage warehouse operators invest in automated solutionsAutomation has become a valuable tool for beverage manufacturers and distributors as more SKUs are offered and orders become more complicated. Warehouse managers are investing in automated solutions for case picking, layer picking, stretch wrapping, moving pallets, and storage and retrieval. These investments don't have to break the bank, according to Chet Willey, a consultant and owner of Chet Willey Associates. "The majority of automation investments I'm seeing aren't for heavy automation ... When you can invest a relatively small amount, a couple of hundred thousand dollars versus $4 to $8 million dollars for a heavy automation system, it's the best payoff out there for people that want to improve productivity," he said. Beverage World Publications Group (3/5)
Emerging technology could improve food productionThe soup industry is developing new heating technology that may help maintain color, nutrients and other characteristics of ingredients used in soup, according to Dave Watson, vice president of engineering for Campbell Soup Co./Pepperidge Farm. He cited Ohmic heating technology, which uses electrical currents for faster heating and MATS (microwave-assisted thermal sterilization), which has been in development for 15 years. Cookie and cracker manufacturers also are increasingly using robotics. BakingBusiness.com (3/5)
Coca-Cola Bottling considers new facility in Chattanooga, Tenn.Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (3/4) 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.