Category Archives: Director’s Chair

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

Innovation: Oppurtunity & Challenge

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In this business, there truly is a beverage for every taste and occasion.  Low, no or mid calorie?  Yes.  Caffeine or not?  Both.  Does that come in a different size or a different packaging?  Yes and yes.  All of these choices and more fill consumer demand for great taste, functional benefits and portability. All Good? Continue Reading

Farm to Fork: Recent GMO Labeling Vote Rational Way Forward

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For the past several months, thousands of stakeholders in the American food chain—literally farm to fork—have struggled against misinformation, junk science and parochial state laws to guide a workable GMO labeling law through Congress. Representing Ohio’s beverage industry, I was one of those thousands working in a national coalition of passionate advocates. My Ohio-based colleagues, Continue Reading

Telling Our Story Matters

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Every spring our Ohio Soft Drink Advocacy Day brings over 100 leaders to Columbus to meet with legislators. House and Senate members, and their very capable legislative aides, make time to hear about industry leadership and concerns.  Some years we have specific requests or concerns, but every year we tell our story of economic and Continue Reading