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Choosing The Groceries To Put In Your Cart

When it comes to grocery shopping, every family has individual needs and preferences – which is why every family shops for different things.  We know that it’s not up to the government to decide what goes in your family’s grocery cart.  However, some lawmakers still haven’t gotten the message that people don’t support taxes on common grocery items, like soft drinks.  Perhaps more importantly, research shows that those tax proposals won’t work to solve obesity.  What we do know is this: if we want to get serious about fighting obesity, we must focus on education – not laws and regulation.

What goes in your grocery cart is your choice, and you’re perfectly capable of choosing what’s best for you and your family.

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What Goes In Your Cart Is Your Choice

Do you shop for food and beverages at your local grocery store?  Or do you order groceries online and have them dropped off at your door?  Either way, you know that when it comes to your groceries, the marketplace provides endless food and beverages options to feed you and your family.

Sometimes the many choices can be overwhelming, so you make a list, deciding what suits your family before you head into the store.  Other times, you stop in to grab that last minute item you need to make dinner.  Regardless of your particular shopping habits, we’ll bet one thing is consistent: when you do your grocery shopping, you never think, “What does my elected official want me to eat and drink?”

Americans consistently oppose efforts by elected officials to limit what they eat and drink.  They know they are capable of deciding what goes into their grocery cart, and they didn’t elect public officials to do the shopping for them.  Instead, our elected officials should focus on what they were sent to their respective bodies to do—things like improving education, creating jobs and stimulating the economy.  Leave the shopping to us.

To learn more, visit YourCartYourChoice.com.


It’s Tax Day!

Today is the day when many people hustle to get their income taxes filed.  We hope you hit the deadline!  And while families across the country are working hard on their kitchen table budgets, some lawmakers are still considering using the tax code to dictate consumer choice.  What you eat, drink and feed your family is your choice and not the government’s.  People don’t support taxes and bans on common grocery items, like soft drinks.  That’s why the public policy debate has moved on from taxes and bans and onto real solutions.

We hope you agree.  If you’re interested in more information on this topic, check out YourCartYourChoice.com.


Taxes, Taxes And More Taxes

Every year around this time, there’s a heightened awareness of how much we pay in taxes as people across the country focus on filing their returns.   So it’s timely that we mention soda taxes, as we have before.  The truth remains that people don’t support taxes and bans on common grocery items, like soft drinks. In fact, there have been several proposals to tax soda, and none of them have gotten any traction.

If we want to get serious about obesity, it starts with education – not laws and regulation. It’s not the government’s job to dictate what we can or cannot put in our grocery cart – it’s our choice.  Politicians should focus on what matters most – education, jobs and the economy – and leave the grocery shopping to us.

To learn more, visit YourCartYourChoice.com.


Our Commitment To Giving Back

This week, many Americans are paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  With that being said, a certain thought leader comes to mind – Martin Luther King, Jr. – who once said, “Life’s persistent and most urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”

Whether it’s building playgrounds or supporting afterschool programs at the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club, our member companies have a long history of giving back to communities.  These initiatives have a meaningful impact on bettering the lives of people and strengthening the community.

Beverage companies, their employees and the firms and employees indirectly impacted by the industry contribute more than $765 million to charitable causes in communities across the nation.  Through these contributions, community organizations are able to work to advance both the physical health of their local citizens and the environmental health of their communities.

We, as an industry, take great pride in our commitment to giving back and hope that you are inspired to get involved and do the same.


90 Percent Mental, 50 Percent Physical

The great philosopher Yogi Berra once said: “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.”  While Mr. Berra may not have excelled at math, the meaning of balance can surely be found in his humorous remark.

With the warm weather months finally upon us, individuals and families throughout the country are heading to the ballpark to take in America’s favorite pastime – and possibly a few extra calories, as well!  When it comes to calories, America’s beverage companies are making it easier for people and their families to choose a beverage that is right for them by delivering more choices, smaller portions, fewer calories and clear calorie labels.  Our companies have broadened their portfolios with a wide variety of types, portions and calories to meet the individual needs of all of our consumers.

So whether you’re consuming treats at the ballpark or one of the many goodies found on the boardwalk at the beach, remember to balance the calories you consume with physical activity.  If you need help remembering, keep Mr. Berra in mind and make a “mental” note to get “physically” active.


Calorie Information, Right Up Front

Did you know that it’s easier now than it has ever been before to get the calorie information you need to make an informed choice about what to drink?  We led the way on clear calorie labeling with a bold initiative that places calorie information at consumers’ fingertips so they can choose what is right for them. By placing calorie information right up front, we’re ensuring people get the information they need in an easy-to-read and understandable way.

For more information on this and other industry initiatives, visit DeliveringChoices.org.


The Beverage Industry’s Economic Impact

Did you check in with us yesterday and read about how the beverage industry played an important part in job growth last month? Did you also know that the non-alcoholic beverage industry plays an important role in the U.S economy all year, every year?

Our industry has a direct economic impact of $141.22 billion, provides more than 233,000 jobs and helps to support hundreds of thousands more that depend, in part, on beverage sales for their livelihoods.  Beverage companies and their employees, and the firms and employees indirectly employed by the industry, provide significant tax revenues – more than $14 billion at the state level and $22.7 billion at the federal level – and contribute more than $765 million to charitable causes in communities across the nation.

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Food And Beverage Industry Accounts For More Than 18 Percent Of Job Growth In March

Every month, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases its monthly report on job creation. Recently, FoodandBeveragePeople.com released new statistics which show that:

“Overall the food and beverage industry segments accounted for 18.1% of the job growth in March, 2014.”

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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Read Up On HFCS

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a common liquid sweetener made from corn that is used in many foods and beverages.  Its composition is nearly identical to sucrose or table sugar – the same sugar you may add to your coffee or sprinkle on grapefruit.  Despite this scientific fact, there remains an overabundance of misinformation about HFCS and its safety.  Rather than take our word for it, let’s turn to the experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA notes on their website that they receive many inquiries from citizens asking about the safety of HFCS.  On their website, they address the question as follows:

“FDA receives many inquiries asking about the safety of HFCS, often referring to studies about how humans metabolize fructose or fructose-containing sweeteners. These studies are based on the observation that there are some differences between how we metabolize fructose and other simple sugars.

We are not aware of any evidence, including the studies mentioned above, that there is a difference in safety between foods containing [HFCS] and foods containing similar amounts of other nutritive sweeteners with approximately equal glucose and fructose content, such as sucrose, honey, or other traditional sweeteners.”

We agree with FDA’s conclusion.  Sugar is sugar.  Let’s go one step further and remember that, like all foods and beverages, our products and their ingredients, like HFCS, should be consumed in moderation.