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Staying Hydrated This Weekend

Even though the fall weather is here and the temperatures are starting to drop, it is important to remember that staying hydrated is a key part of staying in balance.  This weekend, whether you are watching your favorite team with friends or taking the family to the pumpkin patch, remember that there are a wide range of beverage options to help you stay hydrated whether at home or on the go.  Our member companies are known for their innovation in offering myriad beverage choices in a variety of sizes, flavors and calorie counts for everyone to enjoy!

To learn more about these options, check out DeliveringChoices.org.


Finding Your Balance

As October starts to wind down you may be thinking about how you can maintain a balanced lifestyle throughout the upcoming holiday season.  Everyone likes to indulge in their favorite Halloween candy or maybe a slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day, but it’s important to remember to balance those calories out with physical activity.  Our member companies offer many low- and no-calorie options and smaller portion sizes, which are great tools to help you achieve that balance.

Our industry is dedicated to doing our part to reduce calories from beverages and help our consumers maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Check out DeliveringChoices.org to learn more about which beverage options that are right for you!


Another Tax Is Not A Solution

There’s been a lot of buzz in the news lately about taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages.  We have said it before – 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.  If we want to get serious about obesity, it starts with education – not laws and regulation.

For more information on how to keep politicians out of your grocery cart, visit YourCartYourChoice.com.


Lowell Sun Editorial: Vote No on Expanded Bottle Bill

In a recent editorial from The Lowell Sun, “Reject Question2, new Bottle Bill ‘tax,’” voters are encouraged to oppose the expansion of the bottle deposit law in Massachusetts when heading to the polls this November.  Check out this excerpt from the editorial:

“Question 2 represents just another tax-and-spend gimmick wrapped in an environmental package that looks enticing but will leave a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. Vote NO on Question 2 on Nov. 4.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  To read the full editorial, click here.  And let us know your thoughts by checking in with us on Facebook and Twitter!


Soda Tax Is The Wrong Formula

The soda tax battles in Berkeley and San Francisco, Calif., have been in the news in recent weeks.  In an op-ed by Baylen Linnekin, executive director of Keep Food Legal and professor at George Mason University Law School, voters are reminded that soda taxes do not work to improve public health.  As he states, if our goal is to fight obesity, a soda tax is the wrong approach:

“…studies show that taxes like those proposed in California simply won’t work. A 2010 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal, revealed that taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks won’t impact the weight of those in higher- or lower-income brackets, and would have only a negligible impact on the weight of those in the middle class.”

Our industry is committed to meaningful solutions in the fight against obesity.  To read Linnekin’s piece click here.


Addressing Misinformation Around Energy Drinks

You might have heard recently about a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health by a group of researchers, some affiliated with the World Health Organization (WHO).  The researchers call for more regulation around the sale of energy drinks.

We think it’s important to keep in mind that the views expressed in this paper are that of the author and not official WHO positions.  The paper is a random collection of headlines of papers which the authors judged to be relevant while ignoring the scientific articles which come to different conclusions.  They state themselves:

“We reviewed publications retrieved from this search and selected those that we judged to be relevant.”

Many of the concerns about energy drinks seem to be related to caffeine – and most mainstream energy drinks contain about half the caffeine of a similar sized cup of coffee.  Importantly, leading energy drink makers also voluntarily display total caffeine amounts from all sources on their packages; display an advisory statement on their packages indicating that the product is not intended (or recommended) for children, pregnant or nursing women, or persons sensitive to caffeine; and do not market energy drinks to children or sell or market them in K-12 schools.

These labeling and marketing guidelines, among others, are included in the American Beverage Association’s Guidance for the Responsible Labeling and Marketing of Energy Drinks, which can be found here.

And if you have more questions about energy drinks, check out EnergyDrinkInformation.com.


The Valley Patriot Says “No” To Expanded Bottle Bill

Recently, the debate surrounding the November ballot question in Massachusetts that proposes expanding the existing bottle deposit law has been heating up.  The Valley Patriot in North Andover, Mass., recently published an editorial urging voters to vote “No” on the bill for numerous reasons – including the outdated nature of the bill:

“According to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, nearly all Massachusetts towns already offer some type of recycling program.  And, we already pay for them.  Bottle deposits made sense 30 years ago, before we had widespread community recycling.”

Click here to read the full story and join us on Facebook and Twitter to let us know your thoughts!


Boston Herald Urges Voters To Vote “No” On Expanded Bottle Bill

We recently came across another editorial in The Boston Herald about Massachusetts’ November ballot question proposing an expansion of the existing bottle deposit law.  You might have read our blog post on this issue yesterdayThe Herald editorial urges voters to vote “No” on the upcoming ballot question.  Below you’ll find an excerpt from the editorial:

“The Legislature for the past several years has been getting this one right. Expanding the bottle bill is more than just another inconvenience; it’s another tax. And one this state doesn’t need.”

Click here to read the full editorial.  And let us know your thoughts by checking in with us on Facebook and Twitter!


Worcester Telegram and Gazette Editorial: Vote “No” On Expanded Bottle Bill

We read recently an editorial in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette that urges a “No” vote on the November ballot question in Massachusetts that proposes to expand the existing bottle deposit law to non-carbonated beverage containers.  Here’s a quick excerpt from the editorial:

“The fact is that recycling rates have increased in Massachusetts even as the 5-cent deposit has held steady. That’s because of better consumer education and more curbside recycling programs. Communities should continue to make recycling easier and more accessible, while individuals, families, schools and environmental groups should continue to point out the environmental benefits of conservation and recycling programs. But it is up to voters to recognize that an expanded bottle bill won’t grow recycling rates nearly as much as it will grow government with another subtle but unmistakable tax increase.”

Read the full editorial by clicking here, and let us know what thoughts you have in the comments section below.


Middletown Press Editorial: Beverage Tax Bad Idea

We recently came across this editorial from The Middletown Press in Connecticut, which shoots down the proposal by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., to tax soft drinks.  Check out this excerpt from the editorial:

“While we applaud the attempt to increase awareness of healthful living, when it comes to food and drink, choosing one item over another to be put on the ‘extra tax’ list seems arbitrary and intrusive.”

You can read the full editorial by clicking here.  Let us know your thoughts by checking in with us on Facebook and Twitter!