American Beverage Association Responds to European Diabetes Paper

April 25, 2013

“This study does not prove that regular soft drinks cause type 2 diabetes.  Leading health organizations agree that the known risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese, race or ethnicity, increasing age, lack of physical activity and family history of diabetes.”

American Beverage Association Announces New Members to its Board of Directors

April 23, 2013

The American Beverage Association (ABA) announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors.  The new members are: Zein Abdalla, president of PepsiCo, and Tim Brown, president and chief executive officer of Nestlé Waters North America, Inc.

American Beverage Association Celebrates Earth Day

April 22, 2013

On Earth Day, and every day, the American Beverage Association (ABA) and its member companies demonstrate their longstanding commitment to our environment through ongoing efforts to further reduce their environmental impact.
“The beverage industry’s leadership in environmental sustainability has never been stronger than it is today,” said Susan Neely, ABA president and CEO. “We are leading a race to the top in the consumer products industry through the design of lightweight, more environmentally-friendly packaging.  Through our support, we are seeing comprehensive, efficient and effective community recycling programs get off the ground, including one launched this past year through a successful partnership with Florida’s Palm Beach County.  Our work is helping in communities throughout America, and as an industry, we have only just begun.”

American Beverage Association Comments on Poster Session on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake

March 19, 2013

“This abstract, which is not peer-reviewed nor published in a way where its methodology can be fully evaluated, is more about sensationalism than science.  It does not show that consuming sugar-sweetened beverages causes chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer – the real causes of death among the studied subjects. The researchers make a huge leap when they take beverage intake calculations from around the globe and allege that those beverages are the cause of deaths which the authors themselves acknowledge are due to chronic disease.”

American Beverage Association Statement on New York City Soda Ban Ruling

March 11, 2013

“The court ruling provides a sigh of relief to New Yorkers and thousands of small businesses in New York City that would have been harmed by this arbitrary and unpopular ban.  With this ruling behind us, we look forward to collaborating with city leaders on solutions that will have a meaningful and lasting impact on the people of New York City.”

American Beverage Association Comments on Sugar and Diabetes

February 27, 2013

“This study does not show – or even attempt to show – that consuming sugar causes diabetes. In fact, its most robust finding confirms the well-established relationship between obesity and diabetes risk.  Importantly, however, the study’s conclusions on sugar and diabetes should be viewed cautiously given that the underlying model failed to consider the potential impact of solid fats – such as butter, cheese and lard – or factor for family history.”

New Study Supports Positive Role of Low-Calorie Beverages In Overall Diet

February 21, 2013

This study confirms that diet beverages can be an important tool in helping reduce calories and directly counters the illogical assertion that drinking diet beverages causes people to eat more or to want sweet foods and beverages.

Beverage Industry Responds to CSPI Petition to FDA

February 13, 2013

“Everyone has a role to play in reducing obesity levels – a fact completely ignored in this petition. This is why the beverage industry has worked to increase options and information for consumers,

Today about 45 percent of all non-alcoholic beverages purchased have zero calories and the overall average number of calories per beverage serving is down 23 percent since 1998. 
Beverage companies voluntarily removed full-calorie soft drinks from all schools and replaced them with lower-calorie choices, resulting in a 90 percent reduction in beverage calories shipped to schools since 2004.
Beverage companies voluntarily added calorie labels to the front of all their packages, making it easier than ever for consumers to know how many calories are in their beverage choice before making a purchase. 
Americans are consuming 37 percent fewer calories from sugar in soft drinks and other sweetened beverages than in 2000, according to the CDC.   

Beverage Industry Responds to Paper on Diet Soft Drinks and Alcohol

February 5, 2013

In response to “Artificial Sweeteners Versus Regular Mixers Increase Breath Alcohol Concentrations in Male and Female Social Drinkers,” a paper appearing in the April issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, the American Beverage Association issued the following statement:

Beverage Industry Responds to AAP Paper on Energy Drinks

February 1, 2013

In response to “Energy Drinks: What Teenagers (and Their Doctors) Should Know,” an article to be published in the February issue of Pediatrics in Review, the American Beverage Association issued the following statement: