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Happy Anniversary Philly Tax–You Lost 1,192 Jobs & Slashed GDP by $80 Million!

Not all anniversaries commemorate happy events laden with purple prose and red roses. Some anniversaries force people to look at negative things and their very real consequences. The anniversary of Philadelphia’s beverage tax, dropped on its citizens in January 2017 by political fiat not popular vote, can’t be celebrated. It can however serve as a Continue Reading

Goodbye 2017

I will step into the usual December cliché and tell you that this year has been hectic. But the word hectic doesn’t really capture all that our Ohio members have done. It also doesn’t convey how extraordinary it is when rivals who live to beat one another in sales join forces for something bigger than Continue Reading

New Adventures Ahead for Steuber

Norb’s presidency has smoothed the path for significant initiatives and challenges for OSDA and me in 2017. With his combination of industry knowledge, team outlook and diplomatic skills, Norb spearheaded the Balance Calories Ohio rollout. This project brought all of his lessons into focus for me. We had significant work to do in a cross-section Continue Reading

Giving Veterans A Way Forward

Recently, our members have given time and talent to special veterans’ events. From a terrific USO / Kroger / Coca-Cola sponsored “Message in a Bottle” gathering, to a resource fair attended by Pepsi and Dr Pepper members, these efforts have me thinking more about the often invisible struggles of our veterans and their families. For Continue Reading

New Ohio Program Aims to Create Real, Lasting Change Through Balance

As a mom, I’m always striving to find balance. So I’m especially proud that our industry is working to provide resources and products to help families like mine. At America’s beverage companies, we’re driving toward real change to help people find balance by reducing their sugar. Through the Balance Calories Initiative, the single-largest voluntary effort Continue Reading