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February 20, 2013
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News for the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage industry

  Industry News 
  • Retirement on tap for Coca-Cola Foundation chief
    Ingrid Sanders Jones, chairwoman of the Coca-Cola Foundation, announced she will retire June 1. "Over the past 30 years, I have been grateful to work for a company that commits the talent and time of its employees and its philanthropic dollars to issues and organizations that empower and enhance the lives of others," said Jones, senior vice president of global community connections. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pepsi bottling plant opens in Kenya
    The Seven-Up Bottling Co. has opened a Pepsi bottling plant in Kenya that is expected to employ 300 workers within a year. "The manufacturing capacities in the facility have been designed to keep abreast of market demand, while maintaining the highest standards of operation," said Faysal El-Khalil, chairman of Seven-Up Bottling in Kenya. IndustryWeek (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kraft Foods shifts focus to fewer, bigger launches
    After spinning off its global snacks business, Kraft Foods is seeking to regain its innovation mojo. The company is focusing on creating a can-do culture that produces fewer products and puts more resources into "big bets", such as Cool Whip frosting and a Kool-Aid version of MiO due out this year. "We understand our obligation to innovate and contemporize. This is not your father's Kraft," CEO Tony Vernon said. Forbes (2/19), The Wall Street Journal (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NPD Group: Convenience store visits up 4.6%
    Convenience store visits increased 4.6% in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to NPD Group, with shoppers spending 31 cents more than they did in the same quarter of 2011. According to the study, 58% of shoppers purchased a non-alcoholic beverage in the quarter, and 14.2% purchased a dispensed beverage. Convenience Store News (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 96% of dads cook, Kraft survey says
    According to a survey by Kraft Foods Group, 96% of U.S. fathers cook at least once weekly, while 94% say they are confident in the kitchen. Meanwhile, 51% print out recipes they find online, and 29% search for recipes on a tablet or smartphone. Progressive Grocer (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health and Nutrition 
  • Study finds no increase in appetite tied to diet-soda intake
    People who drank diet soda did not appear to consume more sugary and fatty foods than did those who chose water, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers also found that diet-soda drinkers ate fewer desserts at six months compared with their habits before the study started, while those who drank water consumed more fruits and vegetables than they had previously. Reuters (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  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
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