December 9, 2013
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:
“…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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December 6, 2013
We here at Sip & Savor know that you have a lot to think about this time of year – balancing work, holiday functions, travel, shopping and making time for family and friends. The truth is that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can leave all of us a little worn out. But don’t stress – our member companies make an array of beverages that come in all kinds of flavors, portion sizes and calorie counts, giving you options so you can decide what’s right for right you. Ultimately, that means you have one less thing to worry about!
Whether you prefer soda, 100 percent juice, juice drinks, bottled waters, teas or sports drinks, there is something for everyone. Check out DeliveringChoices.org for more information.
This can be a hectic time of year, so let us take one thing off of your to-do list by making it easy for you to stay hydrated with your beverage of choice!
December 5, 2013
The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) recently released its position paper on aspartame, which reaffirmed that it is a safe ingredient. The study – commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the United Kingdom’s regulatory agency on food safety – compared 50 people who had reported adverse effects after consuming food containing aspartame and a control group of 50 who consumed aspartame with no effect. According to the Daily Mail, the study did not find evidence of harm in either group.
If you are a frequent reader of Sip & Savor, this study’s conclusion should come as no surprise. Aspartame is safe, a fact supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As one of the most studied ingredients of all time, with more than 200 scientific studies confirming its safety, consumers have yet another way to enjoy their favorite beverages, while helping to maintain and manage their weight.
To learn more about aspartame and other low- and no-calorie sweeteners used in our industry’s beverages, please visit ww.letsclearitup.org.
December 4, 2013
You may have seen some news coverage this week on energy drinks and heart health. However, we here at Sip & Savor wanted to make sure you saw the most important story on the topic – one that takes on the issue of caffeine in energy drinks versus the amounts found in coffee. From Forbes:
“Research by radiologists at the University of Bonn finds that caffeine in energy drinks has cardiovascular effects similar to those of caffeine in other beverages. That’s not terribly surprising, but it is bound to be seen in a sinister light given the media-driven scare about these products, especially because one of the researchers incorrectly states that energy drinks contain more caffeine than coffee does. …
The implication is pretty clear: Energy drinks pose a potentially deadly threat because they contain so much caffeine. Yet the drinks that Dorner and his colleagues gave their 18 subjects contained 32 milligrams of caffeine per 100 milliliters, compared to 76 milligrams per 100 milliliters for Starbucks coffee. So Starbucks coffee contains more than twice as much caffeine per milliliter as energy drinks, as opposed to one-third as much, as Dorner suggests. That’s a pretty big mistake—and one that is likely to be repeated in future coverage of this issue because it jibes with the attention-grabbing claim that energy drinks are more dangerous than other caffeinated beverages. …
In other words, this study does not document any harmful or lasting effects from consuming energy drinks. And if caffeine poses a risk to people with heart disease, that risk presumably would be greater in the case of coffee, which supplies a bigger dose. If the caffeine in coffee does not scare you, there is no reason, aside from alarmist press coverage, why the caffeine in energy drinks should.”
To read the article in its entirety, click here. To read more about energy drinks and their ingredients, visit energydrinkinformation.com.
December 3, 2013
We recently read a column on Reason.com written by Keep Food Legal Executive Director Baylen Linnekin that we thought was worth sharing. In his piece, Linnekin points out that a soda tax will hurt business and deliver no measurable impact on obesity:
“Research also shows soda taxes don’t work. For example, a 2010 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggested that even an enormous soda tax of 40 percent would not make people healthier.
The study concluded that even that steep tax would be ineffective at reducing obesity among either high- or low-income earners, reported the Wall St. Journal. Its impact would be felt ‘only… in middle-income households,’ and only then to the tune of one pound per year.
‘[A]s a weapon against obesity, such a tax isn’t necessarily that effective, the study found,’ reported the Journal.”
Linnekin concludes his piece on a note that is indicative of where these taxes have previously failed by stating:
“Let’s hope that San Francisco voters have the same sense on this issue as those in Colorado, Denmark, and other California cities.”
We agree. You can read the full column by clicking here. And be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
December 2, 2013
You’ve heard from us here at Sip & Savor many times about why soda taxes aren’t a real solution to obesity. And we’ve also shared points of view from others who also believe – based on fact, science and economics – that soda taxes are a misguided approach. Today we wanted to share the perspective of Trevor Burrus of the CATO Institute. While we may not necessarily agree with all of his opening premise, he has some really interesting – and valid – points to share, which he breaks down into three categories: the “primitivism of politics,” the “modern fallacy of ‘public health’” and a “properly formulated slippery slope argument.” His main point? “Arguments like these do not treat people with respect, and they encourage lawmakers and technocrats to regard people with different tastes as parasites rather than people…We should be better than that.”
We couldn’t agree more.
You can check out the full column by clicking here.
November 29, 2013
Hoping to get in some Christmas shopping along with your daily exercise? Well, today is the day to burn off the calories from yesterday’s Thanksgiving feast and get some door buster deals at the same time! To help make the best of your time and get the best deals, check out this recent USA Today article for tips.
Just remember: while you are out battling the crowds, bring your favorite beverage with you and stay hydrated!
November 28, 2013
We here at Sip & Savor hope that you have a terrific holiday with friends and family. Enjoy your time with loved ones, and give thanks for all of the blessings that have come your way this year!
Be sure to check back with us for more updates next week.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
November 27, 2013
Are you ready to get on the road to see family and friends? Thanksgiving is tomorrow!
According to a recent USA Today article, the number of people forecasted to travel by plane from November 22 through December 3 is expected to increase by 1.5 percent over last year – that’s 25 million passengers! While some people will be flying from place to place in the next several days, others will take to the road in their cars. However you get to your holiday destination, we here at Sip & Savor hope you have safe travels.
And when you head out to shop for all your Thanksgiving supplies, don’t forget about the beverages! Be sure to check out the array of choices made by our member companies. From regular sodas to low- and no-calorie options, there is something for everyone.
November 26, 2013
It’s that time of year when our indulgence can lead to a lack of balance between how much we eat and drink (calories in) and how much we do to burn those calories (calories out). While we all want to enjoy spending time with friends and family – and perhaps partake in an extra helping of mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie – no one goes into the holiday season intending to gain a few pounds, yet many do. Finding the right balance can be a challenge, but one so worthy of our commitment.
For an interesting look at how to balance out a Thanksgiving meal, take a peek at this “calorie counter” of sorts on The Washington Post. According to the Post, you can check out this nifty interactive graphic to “get a grip on how much activity you’ll need to do to balance out your holiday excesses.”
So take a look, share with friends and as you start to daydream about the wonderful holiday meal you hope to have a couple of days from now, spend as much time daydreaming about ways you and your friends and family can balance it out. If the weather permits, a fun game of flag football can help. If not, pull out the Wii, or go old school with a game of Twister. Every little bit helps!