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December 9, 2013
“…the net growth in jobs across all food and beverage segments was 20,300 indicating those segments accounted for 10% of the job growth in the month of November.”
The beverage industry alone has a direct economic impact of $141.22 billion, provides more than 233,000 jobs and helps support hundreds of thousands more that depend, in part, on beverage sales for their livelihood.
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“Our member companies offer a wide variety of product choices, portion sizes and calorie counts, and continue to innovate with more choices to meet evolving consumer needs. Our industry believes in the soft drink business and sees opportunity for continued innovation and growth. Beyond soft drinks, our companies also offer ready-to-drink teas and coffees, water, sports drinks, juices and more.”more
“The fact remains that most mainstream energy drinks contain only about half the caffeine of a similar size cup of coffeehouse coffee. Caffeine is a safe ingredient and is consumed every day in a wide variety of foods and beverages, including energy drinks which have been enjoyed safely by millions of people for nearly three decades. Also, this paper, which looks at only 18 adults, has not been peer-reviewed or published.”more
“This study does not show that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption causes endometrial cancer. In fact, its findings conflict with the results of several other published studies that showed no association between consumption of sugar and risk for endometrial cancer.
The Mayo Clinic states common risk factors as changes in female hormones, older age, obesity, and inherited genetic conditions – not sugar or beverage consumption. Moreover, the study only measured dietary behaviors at the very beginning of the study, yet makes conclusions about health outcomes over 12 years.”more
On America Recycles Day, the non-alcoholic beverage industry reaffirms its longstanding commitment to further minimizing its environmental impact, and is making it easier for consumers to do the same.
“From our 100 percent recyclable packaging to our efforts to minimize waste and support recycling programs, our industry is leading the way and doing our part to reduce our environmental impact,” said Susan Neely, American Beverage Association president and CEO. “Ours is an industry standing together in pursuit of solutions to environmental challenges in communities throughout America.”
Beverage packaging moves forward with new printing technologyAdvances in direct printing on bottles could eventually phase out paper labels, Ben Miyares writes. Direct printing on bottles is now available for both glass and plastic containers, and advances have made the practice more affordable and sustainable. Stand-up pouches and shelf-stable cartons and barrier cups are gaining popularity as a replacement for metal cans. Packaging World online (12/6)
Nestle to divest share in Givaudan, worth more than $1BNestle is selling its 10% stake in Givaudan, the Swiss fragrance and flavor maker. Nestle received the shares when it sold FIS in 2002, and is the second-largest shareholder with 10% of the stock. The sale, which will be managed by Goldman Sachs, is worth more than $1 billion. The market is speculating the company may also sell its stake in L'Oreal in April. Reuters (12/6)
Kroger to expand natural and organic portfolioKroger plans to expand its natural and organic foods portfolio with its private-label brand called Simple Truth, in an effort to capitalize on the fastest growing sector for the company, says President and COO Rodney McMullen. Growth in the natural and organic department is fueled by consumer demand, McMullen says, particularly an increase in natural foods purchases by "the younger generation." FoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (12/6)
Lactic acid use in sugar-free candy reduces dental risksResearch from Organo Balance and BASF found that using a lactic acid bacterium in sugar-free candy improved oral health, and the two organizations plan to commercialize a PB bacteria under the brand name "pro-t-action." The study split participants into three groups, and each group consumed placebo candy or candy containing either 1 or 2 mg of PB per piece four times in the next day and a half. Those that consumed the PB candy had lower levels of a bacteria that causes dental caries. ConfectioneryNews.com (France) (12/5) Click Here to Receive ABA SmartBrief Alerts
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In partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, ABA sponsors the Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards - a grant program that supports mayors in providing innovative programs that focus on educating children and families about the importance of balancing calories and engaging in regular physical activity. We hope you enjoy watching this video - and learning about some of these great programs - as much as we did. Kudos to these mayors for being part of meaningful solutions!