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Strengthening Communities in Jacksonville

January 30, 2015

Henry Ford once said, “Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”  That is definitely not the case for Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayor Alvin Brown – the 1st place winners of the large city category of the 2015 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards.

Helping to tackle the complex issue of obesity through nutrition education, physical activity and increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables, Mayor Brown’s I'm A Star Foundation – “Let's Move Jacksonville" and "Healthy Corner Stores" – targets youth in Duval County’s Health Zone One (HZ1) in Northwest Jacksonville.  The grant will help the foundation establish two Healthy Corner Stores in existing food deserts in HZ1.

The project is designed and implemented entirely by youth. …


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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

Why "mega" beverage acquisitions may be a thing of the past

The Coca-Cola Co.'s $4.1 billion acquisition of Vitamin Water parent Glaceau in 2007 could be the last such "mega-mega" beverage deal the industry will see, writes Michael Burgmaier, managing director at Silverwood Partners. Burgmaier credits the rise of two-step deals, in which a large company makes an initial investment in a smaller brand before buying it further down the road. "The public face of this has been Coca Cola's Venturing & Emerging Brands (VEB) group ... and they used this recipe to acquire Honest Tea and Zico," he writes. BevNet.com (1/27)

Campbell reorganizes operations to focus on growth areas

Campbell Soup Co. will be restructuring its operations in an effort to "unlock the value" of its brands and focus on growth areas, President and CEO Denise Morrison said. Campbell, which currently has five divisions, will be divided into three segments: Americas Simple Meals, Global Biscuits and Snacks, and Packaged Fresh. Morrison said the reorganization "is the logical next step in our ongoing effort to shift our company's center of gravity, accelerate our growth trajectory and maximize value for our shareholders." FoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (1/29)

Keurig joins Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable

Keuring Green Mountain has joined the ABA, Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo and others as a member of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, a coalition collaborating to advance environmental sustainability within the industry. "[Keurig's] leadership in water stewardship and responsible management across both manufacturing and agriculture supply chains will be a tremendous resource to help further our coalition’s work," said BIER Director Tod Christenson. Beverage World Publications Group (1/29)

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle praised for "better practices" in environmental report

The Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo and Nestle Waters North America were among the companies with "better practices" according to a report released Thursday by environmental groups As You Sow and the National Resource Defense Council. The report praised Coca-Cola's Honest Tea for its commitment to using recyclable aseptic packaging instead of flexible plastic containers. International Business Times (1/29) 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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