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March 12, 2014
Have you stopped by a vending machine lately? If so, you might have noticed calorie information right on the selection buttons!
Our Calories Count™ Beverage Vending Program provides clear calorie information on the front of vending machines and reminds consumers that “calories count” in all the choices they make. We first launched The Calories Count™ Beverage Vending Program in municipal buildings in the cities of Chicago, San Antonio and Washington, D.C. in 2013, and we are making it available to our customers nationwide. Programs like this are just another way that our industry is educating consumers about our many refreshing beverage choices and empowering them to make the choice that’s best for them and their families.
For more information, check out DeliveringChoices.org…
News Releasesview all News Releases
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
PepsiCo cleared to use Sweetmyx in beveragesPepsiCo has the exclusive rights to use Sweetmyx in nonalcoholic beverages, and the flavor modifier made by Senomyx, which allows for significant reductions in the use of high fructose corn syrup and beet/cane sugar in applications like carbonated beverages, recently received GRAS status from the FDA. "We see strong potential with Sweetmyx, and this provides us with yet another option for our innovation teams to develop flavor systems that help meet consumer desire for tasty beverages with less sugar and lower calories," said PespsiCo spokeswoman Aurora Gonzalez. BeverageDaily.com (France) (3/11)
Caffeine-free tea next big thing for children's beveragesBeverage-makers always try to think outside the juice box when it comes to children's drinks, and the latest trend is caffeine-free tea options. Rooibee Red has launched Rooibee Roo, a caffeine-free tea marketed in packaging featuring a blue hippo to attract young eyes. Drazil, a line of herbal-tea and fruit-juice blends, is available in four flavors online but will soon be available in Whole Foods stores in the Southwest. Little Me Tea, offered in two varieties, has 25 calories and 6 grams of sugar per 6.75 oz. serving. BevNet.com (3/11)
Treatt takes advantage of bold flavor trend with flavoring distillatesThe rising trend of bold, spicy flavor combinations and the increased demand for vegetable-based beverages were the inspiration for ingredient supplier Treatt's new Treattarome flavoring distillates. Demand for the distillates, which are extracted from natural food, is high for dairy-based beverages and flavored water as well as flavored alcohol. "While not delivering any additional health benefits, natural distillates are an important resource for food and beverage manufacturers looking to appeal to shoppers who want healthy, yet flavorful beverages," said Douglas Rash, vice president of global sales. BeverageDaily.com (France) (3/11)
Kroger exec: Safeway, Albertsons merger to have little short-term effectKroger Chief Financial Officer J. Michael Schlotman says he doesn't expect to see significant effects in the short term from Safeway's merger with Albertsons, which is expected to be completed late this year. "There are a lot of things that happen in the [next] year that will help everybody understand exactly what the landscape is going to wind up being like," Schlotman said. Supermarket News (free registration) (3/11) 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.