October 17, 2013 |
California kids under 12 are drinking fewer sodas and sports drinks than they were a few years ago, but more teenagers are downing at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day than in 2005 to 2007, according to a report Thursday. Forty-one percent of children ages 2 to 17 drank at least one soda or other sugar-sweetened beverage a day in 2011-2012, an 11% drop from 2005-2007, the report says. Within those ages, 65% of people ages 12 to 17 drank at least one such beverage, up from 60% in 2005-2007, an increase that the report called “particularly troubling.” Among children 6 to 11, the rate of daily consumption was 32%, down from 43% in 2005-2007; and among children 2 to 5 years old, it was 19%, down from 27% in 2005-2007.
May 26, 2013 |
Tea expert David DeCandia has spent his entire 17-year career in the shadow of coffee. At his employer, Los Angeles beverage chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, coffee comes first in the company name. It also takes up most of the company's processing facility in Camarillo and brings in 90% of the revenue. But more Americans are complaining that their coffee buzz feels like a hangover, citing concerns about over-caffeination and high prices. DeCandia is reading the tea leaves - and seeing a cultural shift toward his brew of choice.
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May 25, 2013 |
Leonard Marsh, a window washer from Brooklyn who struck it rich after he and two of his boyhood pals created a soft drink called Snapple, has died. He was 80. Marsh, Snapple's former chief executive, died Tuesday at his home in Manhasset, N.Y., his family announced. The cause was not disclosed. He and his partners - brother-in-law Hyman Golden and longtime friend Arnold Greenberg - grew up in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood without much beyond their ambitions. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Born Jan. 5, 1933, Marsh was the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia.
May 7, 2013 |
San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera has sued Monster Beverage Corp., accusing the company of pitching highly caffeinated drinks to minors as young as 6 years old. The lawsuit, filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court, is the latest twist in a battle between Herrera and the Corona company about the caffeine content of Monster energy drinks and how the beverages are marketed. Herrera's move followed Monster's opening salvo April 29, when the company sued Herrera in federal court in Riverside, alleging that he was singling out the beverage maker and threatening to block sales of its drinks in their current form.
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April 19, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - As Gov. Jerry Brown returned this week from his trade mission to China, his decision to have his travel and that of 10 staffers paid for by special interests was raising eyebrows. The dozens of delegates who joined Brown on the tour for $10,000 each - footing their bills and that of the governor's entourage - included about 15 groups that lobby the state for favorable treatment on their agendas. The California Hospital Assn., Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, the California Beer and Beverage Distributors and other interests sent along representatives - in one case a lobbyist - affording them face time with the governor during layovers, meals and receptions.
April 11, 2013 |
After New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled his plan to ban the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces, comedian Jon Stewart complained that the proposal "combines the draconian government overreach people love with the probable lack of results they expect. " It turns out the "Daily Show" host was on to something. New research shows that prompting beverage makers to sell sodas in smaller packages and bundle them as a single unit actually encourages consumers to buy more soda - and gulp down more calories - than they would have consumed without the ban. Not only would thirsty people drink more, but circumventing the big-drink ban by offering consumers bundles of smaller drinks also would mean more revenue for the beverage purveyors, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE. The sales boost would probably offset the added cost of producing more cups, lids and straws to hold those extra drinks, the researchers found.