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Beverage Taxes Will Hurt Local Businesses

May 25, 2016

In the last few years some lawmakers have latched onto the idea of beverage taxes as a way to fill budget shortfalls. Illinoisans and local business are among the latest to face the threat.

As we’ve said before, beverage taxes are a bad idea and the public knows it. First off, the tax is highly regressive. The poor and middle class pay a much higher share of their income on the tax than do high-income households. The tax takes a deep bite out of the money families can spend on groceries.

The tax also hurts Illinois’s small businesses that depend on beverage sales for a good part of their livelihoods. That threatens corner stores and local grocery stores and the hard-working people whose jobs depend on beverage sales.

"I guarantee that if you pass this tax we will lose employees and we'll…


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News Releasesview all News Releases

May 20, 2016

BEVERAGE COMPANIES RESPOND TO FDA ANNOUNCEMENT ON NUTRITION FACTS PANEL

In response to today’s release of the FDA rule change on the Nutrition Facts Panel, the American Beverage Association issued the following statement:

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April 1, 2016

Alliance for a Healthier Generation and America’s Beverage Companies Announce Focused Efforts in Alabama and Mississippi to Reduce Beverage Calories Consumed

American Beverage Association, The Coca-Cola Company, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo Working Together to Reduce Beverage Calories Consumed in the American diet.

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February 23, 2016

FREDERICKA MCGEE JOINS AMERICAN BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION AS VICE PRESIDENT OF CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AND OPERATIONS

Susan K. Neely, president and chief executive officer of the American Beverage Association (ABA), named today Fredericka McGee as vice president of California government affairs and operations for the association.

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January 21, 2016

SIX CITIES SHARE $445,000 IN GRANTS TO SUPPORT CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION PROGRAMS

Partnership Invests in Promising Programs to Encourage Kids’ Healthy Weight & Lifestyle

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Worth a Watch...

The Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards – a program in partnership with the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America and the U.S. Conference of Mayors – supports mayors’ ongoing childhood obesity prevention programs in their cities. The 2016 winners were just announced and Fontana, Calif., Mayor Acquanetta Warren received first place for a medium size city for her “Healthy Kids for a Healthy Fontana” program. The program encourages elementary and middle school children enrolled in the city’s after-school programs to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and provides them with additional opportunities for physical activity. Watch this video to learn more about how this program is helping students learn good lifelong habits on balance.

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