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Association whose members are producers, marketers and distributors of non-alcoholic beverages.


  • William Ball President
  • Jim Finkelstein Executive Vice President
  • Patricia Vaughan Secratary
  • Denise Burke ?
  • Leah Johnston

Company News

ABA Elects Five Members to Board of Directors

The member elected for a first term is Steve Ford, CEO, LinPepCo Partnership. Those elected to serve for a second term are: Jerry Fowden, CEO, Cott Corporation; Seth Goldman, president and TeaEO, Honest Tea; Andrew Moore, co-president, Bigfoot Beverages; and Anthony Varni, president and CEO, Varni Brothers Corporation.

Soda Giants Pledge to Cut Calories, ABA Tilts on Messaging

While not a complete capitulation of their efforts to disassociate soda consumption and links to obesity, the recently announced pledge by the world’s largest soda manufacturers to reduce beverage calories in the American diet represents a striking shift in communication.

Calif. Assembly: No Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks

California Senate Bill 1000 failed on a 7-8 vote in committee, with opponents claiming that a warning on sugary drinks would be confusing and do little to change consumer behavior.

ABA Hires New Vice President of Policy

Susan K. Neely, president and chief executive officer of the American Beverage Association (ABA), today named William M. Dermody Jr. as vice president of policy for the association.

ABA Marks Earth Day

America's non-alcoholic beverage industry celebrates Earth Day – today and every day – through its cutting-edge sustainability practices and ongoing efforts to reduce their environmental impact.

ABA Supports First Lady’s Efforts on School Wellness

WASHINGTON — America’s non-alcoholic beverage industry applauds First LadyMichelle Obama’s common-sense efforts to strengthen school wellness policies, including support for aligning food and beverage signage in schools to reflect what is allowed under U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations.

“Mrs. Obama’s efforts to continue to strengthen school wellness make sense for the well-being of our schoolchildren,” said ABA President and CEO Susan Neely. “Our industry …

ABA: Public Opinion Remains Opposed to Taxing, Limiting Soft Drinks

WASHINGTON — The following is being released by the American Beverage Association:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose additional taxes on soft drinks and about 75 percent oppose limiting the types or amounts of food and drinks people can buy, according to a number of recent independent public polls.

For more information on this and other issues related to the non-alcoholic beverage industry, follow ABA on …

American Beverage Association Responds to Study on Added Sugar Intake

WASHINGTON — In response to “Added Sugar Intake and Cardiovascular Diseases Mortality Among US Adults,” a paper published today in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the American Beverage Association issued the following statement:


“This study shows that adult consumption of added sugars has actually declined, as recently reported by the CDC.  A significant part of that reduction is from decreased added sugars from beverages …

Consumer Reports Investigates Use of Caramel Color

The independent product-testing organization found that 12 brands of CSDs manufactured by The Coca-Cola, Co., Inc., PepsiCo, Inc. and Goya contain varying levels of 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI), a potentially-carcinogenic chemical byproduct of the production of certain types of caramel color as an ingredient.

American Beverage Association Celebrates ‘America Recycles Day’

WASHINGTON — On America Recycles Day, the non-alcoholic beverage industry reaffirms its longstanding commitment to further minimizing its environmental impact, and is making it easier for consumers to do the same.

“From our 100 percent recyclable packaging to our efforts to minimize waste and support recycling programs, our industry is leading the way and doing our part to reduce our environmental impact,” said Susan Neely, …

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