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July 20, 2012
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News for the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage industry

  Industry News 
  • Nestle buys stake in brain health milkshake maker
    Accera, a Colorado company that makes Axona milkshakes, which are prescribed for Alzheimer's patients, has sold a stake to Nestle, which now has a seat on its board. "The significance of this is not the size of the investment, but the fact that it is our first step in developing our brain health portfolio," said Luis Cantarell, president and chief executive of Nestle Health Science, a Nestle subsidiary formed last year. The Wall Street Journal (7/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Almond, coconut milk steal thunder from soy
    A report on dairy alternatives from Euromonitor found soy milk sales dropped 5.8% between 2009 and 2010, and 8.5% the following year, as sales of almond milk and coconut milk gained market share. Additional dairy alternatives are being launched, including SoL, made with sunflower kernels, and hemp milk from Pacific Natural Foods. (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health and Nutrition 
  • Consumers aim for healthy choices and offer fewer excuses
    Americans are trying to make healthier food choices about as much as they were five years ago, but they're offering fewer excuses for not succeeding, according to the Shopping for Health 2012 report from FMI and Prevention magazine. Economic uncertainty also is reflected in the report, which says more consumers are choosing store brands and buying less prepared food. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (7/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Environment Watch 
  • The value of sustainable cooperation
    Cooperation among companies, not just internally, is a crucial component of successful sustainability, explains Ronald Cotterman, vice president of sustainability at Sealed Air. "It is broader than just one company, as it is about the whole supply chain and the value of packaging," he said. (France) (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Report 
  • Mintel looks at Hispanic beverage purchases
    Hispanic consumers drink more thirst quenchers and sports drinks than other ethnic groups, finds a Mintel report on Hispanic beverage consumption. Mintel multicultural analyst Leylha Ahuile notes that U.S. Hispanics' country of origin, income and age influence their purchasing decisions, and "[l]ifestyle is also important, including family size and the presence of children in the household." Drug Store News (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory and Legislative Update 
  • Bottle bill expansion moves forward in Massachusetts
    A plan to add non-carbonated beverages to the existing bottle redemption system in Massachusetts was approved by the state Senate and will become law if it is approved by the House and signed by Gov. Deval Patrick. Currently, beer and soft drinks are assessed five cents, which is refunded when the bottles are returned. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (7/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ABA News 
  • American Beverage Association announces new members
    Please join ABA in welcoming new member Age Defense Water of Chula Vista, Calif., and new associate members Bitimec Speedy Wash of Greenwich, Conn., and Big Ass Fans of Lexington, Ky. ABA would also like to welcome back G.H.C. & Co. of Pago Pago, American Samoa. Thank you for joining ABA! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The ABA tweets: Follow us on Twitter
    Now you can follow the ABA on Twitter! We keep you updated daily on the latest beverage industry news and bring you the information you need. Follow us today @Ameribev. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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