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The Truth About Aspartame

August 20, 2014

We have said it before and will say it again; the overwhelming body of scientific evidence does not support claims that consuming aspartame in food and beverages causes cancer.

Organizations such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the British Food Standards Agency, the European Union Scientific Committee on Food, the World Health Organization (WHO) and regulatory agencies in more than 100 countries have declared the ingredient as safe.  The American Medical Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and the American Diabetes Association also recognize aspartame as safe for use.

Aspartame has been tested continuously since its introduction and its safety has been consistently re-affirmed…


News Releasesview all News Releases

August 19, 2014

ABA President And CEO Susan Neely Named Chair Of ASAE Board Of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan K. Neely, president and chief executive officer of the American Beverage Association (ABA), today was named Chair of the ASAE Board of Directors during its annual meeting in Nashville.  Neely will begin her one-year term on September 1.

June 2, 2014

William Dermody Joins American Beverage Association As Vice President Of Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan K. Neely, president and chief executive officer of the American Beverage Association (ABA), today named William M. Dermody Jr. vice president of policy for the association. 

May 12, 2014

ABA’S Genna Gent Promoted To Head Up Association's Government Affairs Operation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Susan K. Neely, president and chief executive officer of the American Beverage Association (ABA), today announced the promotion of Genevieve K. "Genna" Gent to senior vice president of government affairs for the association.

April 22, 2014

American Beverage Association Marks Earth Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s non-alcoholic beverage industry celebrates Earth Day – today and every day – through its cutting-edge sustainability practices and ongoing efforts to reduce their environmental impact.


Today's SmartBrief

Kraft will help bring McDonald's coffee to stores next year

McDonald's is bringing its McCafé coffee to store shelves in 2015 with help from Kraft Foods Group, following a limited test last year. Kraft has experience in the space, distributing Starbucks' bagged coffee until 2011. Kraft said the rollout will be supported by an integrated campaign, with digital, social, TV and sampling efforts. Advertising Age (free access for SmartBrief readers) (8/19)

Cold-pressed juice companies increase offerings

Cold-pressed juice manufacturers are stepping up their operations to offer more varieties and reach more consumers. Vital Juice will relocate its headquarters to Manhattan next month, where it will run a city-based juice facility in its quest to build "micro-juiceries" throughout the country. Both Evolution Fresh and Suja have added new flavors to their lines, while Urban Remedy will add pop-up carts to reach more customers. (8/20)

Manufacturers, retailers capitalize on Mason jar resurgence

Sales of Jarden Home Brands' Ball Mason jars have doubled since 2001, as the glass containers have evolved from a necessity for storing food through the winter to a vehicle for millennial consumers taking on the personalized food movement. Even manufacturers and retailers such as 7-Eleven are capitalizing on Mason jars' popularity, incorporating them into their packaging strategies and using them to serve staples like Slurpees. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/17)

Marley Coffee expands to 4 more grocery chains

Drinks Business Review (8/20) 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.

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