New Calorie Labels on Front of Beverages Arrive in Stores

18 Apr 2011 --- This calorie labeling initiative is part of the industry's Clear on Calories commitment, announced last year in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign to end childhood obesity in a generation. Mrs. Obama highlighted the initiative in announcing her campaign last February.

4/18/2011 --- Consumers across America are seeing new calorie labels on the front of their favorite beverages, as America's leading non-alcoholic beverage companies bring the Clear on Calories initiative to stores. The beverage industry's voluntary commitment to make calories more visible and useful to consumers supports First Lady Michelle Obama's efforts to help families make informed choices as part of an active, healthy lifestyle.

"The new labels put calorie information at the fingertips of consumers at every point of purchase so they can choose the beverage that is right for them and their families," Susan K. Neely, president and CEO of the American Beverage Association, said. "By putting the calories on the front of beverages, we're making it easier for consumers to make informed choices. It's one more way that America's beverage companies are doing their part to help people achieve a healthy weight by balancing their diet and physical activity."

America's beverage companies are adding the new calorie labels to the front of every can, bottle and pack they produce - and displaying the total calories per container on all beverages 20 fluid ounces or smaller. The labels began appearing on some beverages last fall and are now in stores across the nation. The companies expect to have the calorie label on the front of all of their major brands and more than half their product volume by June of this year -- and on all brands and packages by early 2012 as committed.

This calorie labeling initiative is part of the industry's Clear on Calories commitment, announced last year in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign to end childhood obesity in a generation. Mrs. Obama highlighted the initiative in announcing her campaign last February.

"We are proud to be one of the first industries to answer the First Lady's call to action and start delivering for consumers," Neely said. "The beverage industry has a proven track record of advancing real solutions to societal challenges, and Clear on Calories furthers that leadership."

The Clear on Calories initiative has required a significant manufacturing, distribution and resource commitment by the participating companies: The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Sunny Delight Beverages, Nestlé Waters North America, Cott Beverages and Honest Tea.

The beverage companies are actively redesigning and converting the package labels across their broad portfolios of products, which include soft drinks, 100 percent juice and juice drinks, ready-to-drink teas, sports drinks, enhanced water beverages and bottled water.

The calorie label was developed last year and tested with consumers to make sure it provided clear and easy-to-use information they could use to make informed choices when buying a beverage. The industry worked with the White House and its agencies throughout the label development process and remains in contact with the administration throughout implementation of this initiative.

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