Coca-Cola Responds to Tom Brady’s “Poison for Kids’ Comment
In a response to Boston Magazine’s scathing criticism of his trainer Alex Guerrero, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw The Coca-Cola Company and Kellogg’s under the bus during a recent appearance on local radio station WEEI. Calling Coca-Cola “poison for kids” and saying “[Americans] believe that Frosted Flakes is a food,” Brady defended his trainer’s merits, calling him “an incredible influence in my life.”
Both food and beverage giants have since responded to the quarterback’s remarks. A spokesperson for Coca-Cola told Fox Business “all of our beverages are safe and can be enjoyed as part of a balanced lifestyle,” while Kellogg spokesperson Kris Charles told the publication that “Cereal is a delicious breakfast. Numerous studies show that a cereal breakfast is associated with lower BMIs (body mass index) in both children and adults. As a matter of fact, a serving of Frosted Flakes with skim milk has just 150 calories and delivers valuable nutrients including calcium, B vitamins, and iron.”
Paddy Spence Tells His Story
CNN Money recently profiled Paddy Spence, the CEO of stevia-sweetened soda brand Zevia. From detailing his childhood growing up in a single-parent household in Cambridge, Mass. to how he became vice president of sales for Kashi at the age of 25, to his present day role at Zevia, Spence’s ‘American Success Story’ is one of someone with a seemingly tireless work ethic combined with a lifelong passion and interest in natural and organic foods and beverages.
Mexico’s Soda Tax Sees CSD Sales Slim
Mexico’s one peso per liter tax on soda has been successful in reducing purchases of carbonated soft drinks. According to Time Magazine, a recent study funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies shows a 12 percent reduction of sugar-sweetened purchases in the year since the nation implemented the tax in January of 2014 as part of an effort to combat its obesity epidemic.
Americans Ordering Fewer Beverages At Restaurants
A recent market research report from The NPD Group has found that beverage orders at restaurants and other foodservice establishments are down four percent (or two billion servings) over the last five years. Time points to the decline as a reflection of Americans’ move away from carbonated soft drinks., which along with milk account for nearly half of all beverage orders at restaurants.
Martinelli’s Issues Voluntary Recall Over “Potential Glass Fragments”
California sparkling cider makers Martinelli’s have issued a voluntary recall of select 8.4 oz. “mini-bottles” after internal tests showed some bottles chipped when opened. The affected items are currently being removed from stores and consumers can survey the company’s press release for a complete list of the products affected by the recall.