Blog: Sip & Savorview all posts
April 17, 2014
When it comes to grocery shopping, every family has individual needs and preferences – which is why every family shops for different things. We know that it’s not up to the government to decide what goes in your family’s grocery cart. However, some lawmakers still haven’t gotten the message that people don’t support taxes on common grocery items, like soft drinks. Perhaps more importantly, research shows that those tax proposals won’t work to solve obesity. What we do know is this: if we want to get serious about fighting obesity, we must focus on education – not laws and regulation.
What goes in your grocery cart is your choice, and you’re perfectly capable of choosing what’s best for you and your family.
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News Releasesview all News Releases
Research Presented At Cardiology Conference Fails To Show Causal Relationship Between Diet Beverages And Cardiovascular Events
“This study’s actual results do not show that drinking diet beverages causes cardiovascular events among any population. The lead author also states this in a news release. Being overweight, however, is a major risk factor for heart disease. Diet beverage consumption has been shown to help with weight loss as part of an overall weight management plan, with numerous studies repeatedly demonstrating their benefits in helping to reduce calorie intake.”more
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
Flavored, functional water market to grow 11.5% by 2019The flavored and functional water category had $17.2 billion in sales in 2012, and the category is expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate of 11.5% by 2019 to hit an expected $36.7 billion, according to Transparency Market Research. Main drivers for the growth are the increasing obesity rate, an aging population and changes in consumer preferences. Growth in markets such as Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East also will spur sales. FoodBev.com (4/17)
Alliance releases toolkit for food-waste reductionThe Food Waste Reduction Alliance, which includes the Food Marketing Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the National Restaurant Association, has released The Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Toolkit, which aims to help businesses cut down on the estimated 80 billion pounds of food waste that ends up in landfills every year in the U.S. The best practices cover topics including technologies for recycling food, plans for avoiding food waste and strategies for overcoming obstacles such as supply chain issues that get in the way of food donations. FoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (4/16)
Carton recycling reaches 57 million U.S. householdsThe number of American households that now have access to carton recycling has hit 57 million, according to the Carton Council of North America. The Council estimates that 55% of U.S. households will be able to recycle cartons by the end of the year due to expansion of recycling access. Rhode Island, Delaware and Washington, D.C. have achieved 100% access rates and South Dakota became the 46th state to offer carton recycling. FoodProductionDaily.com (France) (4/16)
Powerade World Cup ad features athlete born with one legPowerade's latest commercial centered on the World Cup tells the story of Nico Calabria, who was born without one of his legs. The two-minute spot, produced by Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, uses home videos to show Calabria growing and improving as an athlete despite his disability. "While brands will continue to bring us more emotional backstories of athletes from every walk of life ... if even a small number can generate this kind of sincere impact and inspire future generations, the trend definitely won't be a bad thing," writes David Griner. Adweek (4/16) 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.