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More Choices Now Than Ever Before

These days, there are a wide range of beverage choices available in your local grocery or convenience store –in different calorie counts and package sizes.  This gives consumers the ability to choose the beverage that’s right for them and their families.  Due in part to this innovation and the availability of more low- and no-calorie beverage options, 45 percent of all non-alcoholic beverages sold today contain zero calories.

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A 23 Percent Reduction In Average Calories Per Beverage Serving

Our member companies offer an ever-increasing selection of low- and no-calorie beverage choices, as well as mid-calorie options.  Did you know that the same innovation that helped drive these choices also has helped drive a 23 percent reduction in the average calories per serving from beverages sold between 1998 and 2010?

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What Is The Main Source Of Added Sugar In The Diet?

Added sugars have been the topic of much discussion in recent months.  However, not all the information that’s reported by the media is correct, including the myth that sugar-sweetened beverages are the main source of added sugar in the American diet.

According to a recent data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food is the leading source of added sugar amongst children and teens.  In fact, because our member companies provide a wide variety of choices with fewer calories and in smaller sizes, there was a 23 percent reduction in the average calories per serving from beverages sold between 1998 and 2010.

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Added Sugars From Soda Are Down

Soda is a hot topic.  And the conversation is filled with opinions and myths, but not enough facts.   For example, did you know that when it comes to the American diet, added sugars calories from soda have declined 39 percent since 2000?  And according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food, not beverages, are the number one source of added sugars for children and teens?

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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Play Declining Role In Average American Diet

Did you know that sugar-sweetened beverages account for just 6 percent of calories in the average American’s diet, according to NHANES data?  That means that we get 94 percent of our daily caloric intake from other foods.

Calories from soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages are a small fraction of the American diet.  The next time you hear that the calories in soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages are uniquely driving obesity rates, remember to keep things in perspective!

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Environmentally Friendly State Of Mind

Here at Sip & Savor we recognize how important it is to do our part to help protect and preserve our planet – and we are proud to be a part of an industry that does, too.  Innovative lightweight packaging has reduced the energy and raw materials used to create our industry’s bottles and cans– which, as a reminder, are 100 percent recyclable.  In fact, the beverage industry’s cans and bottles are among the most recycled consumer packaging.   Check out the resources on our recycling page for more information. And find out more about how our industry is making an impact in communities nationwide by clicking here.

Helping Florida Communities Recycle

Our member companies constantly look for ways to promote recycling in communities nationwide.  One example of this is our successful recycling program in Florida’s Palm Beach County, where we placed almost 130 recycling bins in various high traffic locations, including parks, boardwalks, sports fields and beaches.  Since the start of this initiative we have been able to reduce public space litter by 75 percent and significantly increased the overall recycling rates. Through this program, and many others like it, we are helping our consumers across the country play a key role in keeping our planet beautiful.

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Infographic: America’s Beverage Companies Are Committed To The Environment

If you are a frequent Sip & Savor reader, then you are likely familiar with the ways in which our industry is delivering for consumers across the country –  including our longstanding pledge to further minimizing our environmental footprint.  For example, our industry’s containers are made with 100 percent recyclable packaging and rank among the most recycled consumer products in the world.  Whether it’s the design of our packaging or the way we deliver our products, we make environmental sustainability a top priority.  By implementing state-of-the-art technologies, we are able to reduce energy and water usage, vehicle emissions and waste.

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Massachusetts: Voters Reject Bottle Bill Expansion

Just last month, 74 percent of voters in Massachusetts voted against an expansion of their state’s current bottle bill tax – which shows that people there understand that the bottle bill is a costly, inefficient and outdated system.  And we agree – isn’t it time to move forward and expand convenient, comprehensive recycling programs like curbside recycling?

Bottle bills are antiquated policies that have no measurable impact on the environment – and make it much more difficult for people to recycle.  Instead of having to clean out your bottles, store them at home and lug them to the store or redemption site, it’s simply easier just to put all of your recyclables at the curb.

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Delaware Ditches Outdated Approach to Recycling

Recently, Delaware Governor Jack Markell announced that comprehensive recycling is taking off in his state.  This announcement occurred just as the temporary 4-cent recycling fee imposed in 2010 at the retail level on some beverage containers came to an end.  The fee, while unpopular with some retailers, provided a bridge to a new era in comprehensive recycling from the days of an antiquated bottle bill system that did not address all recyclables.

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