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August 16, 2012 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
Let's face it: Kids, especially teenagers, who want sugary drinks can get them. But they're having a harder time doing that at school. Economists monitoring the beverage industry's promise to get sodas and many other sugary drinks out of schools found that companies shipped 90% fewer calories to schools in 2010, compared with 2004, and reduced shipments of full-calorie sodas by 97%. That's the result of a pledge, called the School Beverage Guidelines,...
August 6, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The high school or middle school student who can grab a sugar-sweetened soft drink on school grounds during class hours is becoming a rarity, a new study finds. But lots of kids still can buy high-sugar beverages in schools: Fruit juices and sports drinks that are designed for serious athletes engaged in vigorous physical activity remain widely sold in U.S. middle and high schools. In 2010-11, 25% of high school students had access to sugary sodas during school -- either at cafeteria concessions or from vending machines.
July 24, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
Faced with a crippling combination of low revenues, high labor costs and decreasing funding from the state, El Monte is moving to declare a fiscal emergency and seek a tax on sugary beverages sold within the city. The moves come as the city attempts to stave off the financial problems facing a number of cities across California. So far this summer, three cities - Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes - have moved to seek bankruptcy protection, and Compton officials announced the city could run out of cash in a matter of months.
July 6, 2012
A third of kids in U.S. public elementary schools can buy such beverages as sports drinks and full-fat milk at school, according to a study looking at wellness policies in schools. And that's an improvement, the researchers said. “Elementary schools across the country are improving the beverage landscape, showing that change is possible and it's already happening,” the lead author, Lindsey Turner, said in a statement. The work is part of an effort funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; it was published this month in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
May 29, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
With crude prices bouncing around above $90 a barrel, many companies are trying to wring the oil out of their operations. Ford Motor using soybean foam in its upholstery.McDonald's testing paper cups for hot drinks in place of polystyrene containers, which start out as petroleum.Coca-Cola Co.andPepsiCo Inc.are becoming bioplastic bottlers. And a California cleaning products manufacturer has set out to eliminate diesel from its fleet. "When oil was cheap, it became pervasive throughout our economy in hundreds and hundreds of invisible ways, as a raw material," said Daniel Yergin, an energy consultant who wrotea Pulitzer Prize-winninghistory of the oil industry.
January 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Apparently "Hansen Natural" didn't have enough bite — the Corona beverage maker is changing its name to the more aggressive Monster Beverage Corp. Hansen makes a line of namesake juices as well as Admiral Iced Tea, Blue Sky energy drinks and Junior Juice. Its website features pastoral images of rolling hills and butterflies. The company that has cultivated a wholesome, feel-good image also owns the gritty Monster Energy drinks. The brand, which sponsors extreme sports events, features a neon-green triple-slash logo on beverage offerings such as Monster Rehab.
August 31, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
About half the people in the U.S. drink a sugary beverage a day, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics . Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2005 to 2008, researchers found that a quarter of consume at least 200 calories a day of sugary drinks -- more than the equivalent of a 12-ounce can of cola. Males ages 12 to 19 guzzle the most sugary drinks, about 273 calories' worth per day on average.
July 15, 2011 | By Andrew Seidman, Reporting from Washington
Some of the nation's largest food and beverage companies proposed new self-imposed regulations Thursday to drastically restrict the kinds of products they advertise and market toward children. The uniform nutrition criteria comes after a handful of federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, were directed by Congress to establish guidelines for such advertising. The industry plan targets a number of food types, including juices, dairy products, grains, soups and meals.
July 9, 2011 | By Andrew Seidman, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON--Advertisers and food and beverage industry officials called the government's new guidelines for advertising directed toward children a "reckless" maneuver in light of today's fragile economy. After Congress asked the Federal Trade Commission, along with three other federal agencies, to develop a strategy to target childhood obesity, the FTC released a set of guidelines in April. They call on advertisers to encourage children to choose healthy foods and to limit the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, added sugars and sodium in food marketed to children.
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