Beverage Brands Adding a Healthy Twist to Good Ol' Summertime
If timing is everything, then Jamba Juice, Capri Sun and V8 could have very good summers. Each brand is bringing some product and sales news to the market just in time for the traditional Memorial Day kickoff to "summer" — and the seasonal spike in thirst — with a better-for-you twist.

Smoothie Production RTD in the US Industry Market Research Report
Increasingly health-oriented consumers drove demand for ready-to-drink (RTD) smoothie products in the past five years. A trend toward healthier products, along with a substantial increase in marketing initiatives, resulted in a quick rebound in demand for RTD smoothies after the Great Recession dented disposable income. Despite increased research and development and marketing costs, which were associated with product innovation and growing competition, the industry's profit margin expanded during the past five years.

War Declared on Beverages and Food! 5-24-2012 to live in infamy

Government, Restaurants at Odds Over Nutrition
New research found that meals at the vast majority of major U.S. chain restaurants do not meet the recommended daily limits put forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The “What’s on the Menu?” report conducted by Rand Corporation found that 96 percent of main entrées on adult meals overshot the USDA recommended daily limit in terms of calories, fat, and sodium.

McDonald's Shareholders Defeat Proposal to Weigh Impact on Obesity
McDonald's Corp. today voted down a proposal to assess its impact on public health, particularly childhood obesity. The proposal was brought by consumer watchdog group Corporate Accountability International. It requested that McDonald's board "issue a report, at reasonable expense and excluding proprietary information, within six months of the 2012 annual meeting, assessing the company's policy responses to growing evidence of linkages between fast food and childhood obesity, diet-related diseases and other impacts on children's health," according to the McDonald's proxy statement, which recommended shareholders vote against the proposal.

U.N. Summit Will Push for a More Powerful Global Environmental Agency
Ahead of a mammoth United Nations sustainability conference in Rio de Janeiro next month, the Brazilian government has signaled a new push to get the U.N.’s top environmental body upgraded – a push long opposed by the United States.

Fruit juice targeted in war on obesity
Over the past decade, the nation's war on obesity has targeted some fairly obvious culprits, including fast food, pastries, fried foods and soda.
But recent scientific studies and a new government-sponsored documentary that aired last week on HBO have identified a new, less obvious enemy: fruit juice.

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