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December 24, 2012
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  Industry News 
  • Mintel releases holiday shopping behavior analytics
    Intelligence supplier Mintel released extensive analytics on holiday shopping trends. According to the report, 91% of Americans made some sort of festive-related purchase last year including holiday food (61%), decorations (35%) and alcoholic beverages (27%), and 41% of Americans attended a party or event at a friend’s house last year during holidays. Progressive Grocer (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health and Nutrition 
  • Nutrition experts weigh in on diet vs. sugary sodas
    Diet sodas have no calories, which makes them a better option than sugary sodas, but some experts say the diet beverages come with their own risks. Some studies show diet sodas may increase the risk of stroke and conditions that lead to cardiovascular disease. “That doesn’t mean one diet soda a day will lead to a heart attack, but there’s some sort of connection,” said registered dietitian Tina Ruggiero. The Seattle Times (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fast food menus with calorie count, miles lead to better choices
    A study in the journal Appetite found participants who used fast food menus that indicated the calorie content of meals and the number of miles required to burn them off consumed fewer calories than those who ordered food from menus that included only information on calorie content, calories plus minutes required or menus without any nutritional information. Medical News Today (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Environment Watch 
  • U.K. agency pushes producers to meet glass recycling rules
    U.K. companies that haven't met their glass recycling obligations must do so for 2012 or face penalties, according to Defra, the agency charged with enforcing environmental rules. "If there are instances of non-compliance identified at the end of the year, the Agencies will take appropriate enforcement action," Defra said in a letter. LetsRecycle.com (U.K.) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Report 
  • Food brands take aim at children's smartphones
    Food marketers are shifting their ad spending to mobile and social in a bid to target smartphone-wielding children, according to a Federal Trade Commission report. Social campaigns and branded mobile applications are seen as a cost-effective way to target young consumers, researchers say. "These online media are not necessarily as costly as display advertising, yet potentially have a farther, and more immersive, reach than display advertising," the report notes. The Wall Street Journal (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ABA News 
  • 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
  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy."
--William Blake,
British poet and painter


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