Category Archives: Director’s Chair

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

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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

Leadership on Driver Shortages

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Recently I had a chance to testify in support of legislation that would help with commercial truck driver shortages. HB 154, proposed by Representatives Ryan Smith and Nathan Manning, would set aside $5 million to provide grants and loans for students to attend truck driving school. For an industry like mine, this is welcome news Continue Reading

Legislative Day 2017

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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

Beverage Taxes As Job Killers: Philly Pain Continues

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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

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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

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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

Welcoming 2017

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Now that all of the yearend parties are over and resolutions made (and possibly broken by now), I think it’s time to focus on getting things done. What I love about my beverage industry folks is that they live in the real world. Part of what attracted me to this gig and what has kept Continue Reading

Jobs & Community Connect Veterans

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My father was a paratrooper who made perilous jumps behind enemy lines in Korea. This is something he rarely discussed—except to correct my history book’s description of his service as “police action”. He and many others served with little public recognition. My father buried this slight and got busy working in Akron’s then thriving rubber Continue Reading

A Message from our Executive Director – REFRESH Fall 2016

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As this summer’s facility tour season (tour-a-palooza) ends, I want to thank our members for their engaging visits with legislators and local officials. I also appreciate legislators making time to learn more about Ohio’s beverage industry. Whether we walked around production facilities or distribution centers, great conversations on workforce development, calorie management and Ohio’s business Continue Reading

Kinship & Connection for Health

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Our industry has a longstanding commitment to being part of the solution to reducing obesity. Across the nation, our efforts to provide consumers with more choices, smaller portions and fewer calories have been amplified through the Balance Calories Initiative. Here in Ohio, one way our members are doing this is through our support of the Continue Reading