Blog: Sip & Savorview all posts
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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In response to today’s release of the FDA rule change on the Nutrition Facts Panel, the American Beverage Association issued the following statement:more
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.more
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.more
Partnership Invests in Promising Programs to Encourage Kids’ Healthy Weight & Lifestylemore
Craft soda, carbonated tea were on display at restaurant showSparkling iced teas and craft sodas were among the beverage trends on display at the National Restaurant Association Show this week. Teafinity, B.W. Cooper and S&D Coffee & Tea all displayed carbonated teas. Coca-Cola highlighted its newly-acquired Blue Sky craft soda brand, and Pepsi showcased its Stubborn line made with natural flavors. Crain's Chicago Business (tiered subscription model) (5/24)
Cold coffee is the cool new year-round brewStarbucks' cold coffee drink sales soared 20% in the fourth quarter of 2015, after the chain introduced a new cold-brew product, and some coffee bars say demand for cold coffee drinks now outpaces calls for hot brews year-round. The trend is driving a surge in new ready-to-drink cold coffee products at retail. Bloomberg (5/23)
Bottled water predicted to be largest US beverage category by 2017Bottled water will surpass carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the US by 2017, according to data from the International Bottled Water Association and Beverage Marketing Corporation. Consumption of bottled water rose by 7.9% and dollar sales rose by 8.9% last year. FoodNavigator (5/25)
Coke COO: Management changes will bring "freshness" to marketsThe Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/24) Click Here to Receive ABA SmartBrief Alerts
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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.