Tag Archives: Ohio Soft Drink Association

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

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

Going High-Tech in Toledo: Interactive, Inclusive Play Equipment Coming to Middlegrounds Metropark this Spring

Get ready to get moving in Northwest Ohio. The Toledo community will have a new opportunity to be active and have fun— thanks to Ohio’s non-alcoholic beverage industry. In December, the Ohio Soft Drink Association presented Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson with a grant to fund the installation of an interactive and inclusive play system, which Continue Reading

Welcoming 2017

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

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

Repurpose With a Purpose

Beverage facilities are models of recycling and repurposing materials.  From cardboard to out of date product, our members send very few things to landfills.  Common to most facilities are syrup barrels– large, rigid plastic containers that enjoy many “second lives” after they hold a key ingredient for soft drinks. In the Coca-Cola system, some of Continue Reading

Innovation: Oppurtunity & Challenge

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

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