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Lima, Ohio – Dedicated To Making A Real Difference

January 29, 2015

Congratulations to Lima, Ohio, Mayor David Berger for winning 1st place in the small city category at this year’s Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards – a program and partnership we formed with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM).

Mayor Berger’s program, “Cooking for Change,” brings together high school students from the food management program at Lima Senior High School and the culinary arts program at Apollo Career Center to design and develop a healthy eating initiative that will help to reduce obesity rates in Lima and Allen County.  The 1st place award comes with a $100,000 grant to expand the program.  Click here to check out a short video about this innovative approach to community nutrition support and education.

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News Releasesview all News Releases

January 27, 2015

American Beverage Association Response To Human Reproduction Study On Sugar-Sweetened Beverages And Menarche

“Neither this study nor the body of science shows that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption causes early onset of menarche. What the body of science supports is that adolescent girls are reaching puberty earlier than prior generations; however, there is no scientific consensus concerning the cause of this trend.”

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January 22, 2015

Six U.S. Cities Win Grant Awards To Support Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced today the winners of 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards, during its 83rd Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. The awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity.

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January 12, 2015

American Beverage Association Responds To Senate Report On Energy Drinks

“Energy drinks have been enjoyed safely by millions of people around the world for more than 25 years, and in the U.S. for more than 15 years.  Energy drinks, their ingredients and labeling are regulated by the FDA, and, like most consumer products, their advertising is subject to oversight from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

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December 19, 2014

New Beverage Industry Sustainability Initiative Shows Gains In Fuel Efficiency Of North American Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Beverage Association today released findings from a new industry-wide initiative that shows the nation’s leading beverage companies will have increased the fuel economy of their fleets by nearly 13 percent since 2010.

The findings are the first to emerge from an innovative new collaboration in which The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group agreed to share proprietary data on their truck fleets with the ABA. The ABA aggregates the information to determine how well the industry is doing on fuel consumption and fuel efficiency.

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Today's SmartBrief

Evolving c-store market presents opportunity for healthy beverage brands

Shoppers are looking to convenience stores as a place to buy healthy foods and beverages, according to a recent Technomic study that revealed 53% of consumers would be more likely to shop at c-stores if healthier choices were available. Sales of bottled water and sports drinks are on the rise in the category, and more than half of consumers said they are specifically seeking healthier drinks, Technomic said. FoodNavigator (1/28)

Whole Foods fosters growth, partnerships through loan program

Whole Foods' Local Producer Loan Program offers small vendors the opportunity to secure growth capital without going to a bank, while also establishing strong partnerships between the retailer and the small vendors and giving producers credibility. Since its launch in 2007, Whole Foods has provided 248 fixed-rate loans through the program for a total of $15.3 million. Crain's New York Business (1/26)

Dean Foods to shutter milk plant in Sheboygan, Wis.

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Black tea may boost microvascular function, Unilever study finds

Theaflavins found in black tea could boost microvascular function in healthy adults, according to a study by scientists at Unilever Research & Development in the Netherlands and RKV Research and Consulting in Belgium. Theaflavins are unique to black tea, and researchers said other compounds in the tea may also affect vascular function. NutraIngredients (1/27) Click Here to Receive ABA SmartBrief Alerts

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Lima Mayor David Berger wins 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Award

ABA is proud to support the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards. Announced in January,  the awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity.

You can learn more about the first place in the small city category winner by watching this video featuring Mayor David Berger of Lima, Ohio, and his "Cooking for Change" healthy eating initiative.  By encouraging creativity and innovation to help reduce obesity in Lima and Allen County, the program, which is designed by local food management and culinary arts students, offers challenges and cooking classes for both students and families to find efficient ways to make healthy and affordable meals.

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