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Legislative Day 2017

Our most visible event is the annual OSDA Advocacy Day. This year, over 100 beverage industry ambassadors briefed legislators on pertinent industry facts and issues. Although scheduling appointments with individual legislative offices is staff intensive, we believe it maximizes member time in Columbus. These conversations are important, visible first steps in establishing and maintaining relationships Continue Reading

Every Day is Earth Day

Every day is earth day for the non-alcoholic beverage industry. Leading the way on sustainable solutions has long been at the core of our business. We take environmental stewardship seriously because it helps two bottom lines: the Earth’s, and our own. As we mark Earth Day 2017 on Saturday, let’s take a look at the Continue Reading

Beverage Taxes As Job Killers: Philly Pain Continues

As my colleagues around the country grapple with beverage tax threats, I think a little perspective and a large dose of reality is in order. Some government bureaucrats tout “soda taxes” as a quick way to make people healthier while fattening government coffers. When you really look at these claims, their arguments fall apart, consumers Continue Reading

Finding Balance

This post is not about setting resolutions or losing those stubborn last 10 lbs. on the latest “foolproof” diet plan. Nor is it another restatement of the obvious: obesity is a serious problem in this country. And in a complete departure from sensationalized news stories on obesity, I will not single out a product, industry Continue Reading

Farewell and Best Wishes

At the end of 2016, Mike Collins, Market Director for Northwest Ohio Pepsi Beverage Company, retired after 39 years in the beverage business. Mike also completed his service on the Ohio Soft Drink Association board where he served as president the last two years. Reciting his resume doesn’t capture the wit and wisdom of Mike, Continue Reading