FBA Press Releases
The Florida Beverage Association and its members are proud to support communities throughout Florida during this critical time in our nation’s history.
As a part of the “essential critical infrastructure workforce,” the beverage industry continues to take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of its employees, consumers, and customers, while also collaborating with local communities to support first responders and citizens.
The 2020 Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Conference was held February 12 – 14 in Memphis, TN.
KAB affiliates from across the U.S. gathered with partner organizations, community leaders, policymakers and volunteers for a premier educational, training and networking event. KFB Chair Liz DeWitt of the Florida Beverage Association, Board Member Steve Lezman of PepsiCo, and Jennifer Baugher of Coke Florida also attended the event. During the conference, KAB recognized those that excelled in the arena of litter prevention, improved recycling, and community beautification in 2019 through their National Awards Ceremony.
On Feb. 5, 2020, FBA Board members gathered in the Florida State Capitol to meet with key stakeholders.
FBA Board Members visited leaders in Tallahassee Department of Transportation Secretary Thibault and the Office of Senate President Galvano. Secretary of Education, Richard Corcoran, joined FBA members for lunch. In addition to these visits, member companies met with legislators representing company assets across the Sunshine State.
Florida Beverage Association NWRA Award recipients (from left) Keyna Cory, Dawn McCormick, Noah Valenstein, Ms. Moore, and Liz DeWitt.
Florida Recycling Partnership, Waste Management Inc. of Florida, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Beverage Association Win 2018 Sustainability Game Changer Partnership Award.
Tallahassee – Nov. 15, 2018: The Florida Recycling Partnership, Waste Management Inc. of Florida, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Beverage Association teamed up to win the 2018 Sustainability Game Changer Partnership Award from the National Waste & Recycling Association.
Santa Rosa County is pleased to announce the award of a $12,000 grant from the Florida Beverage Association (FBA) for the county's Community-Based Green Infrastructure Stormwater Outreach and Education Program.
The grant award check and project description was presented at the county's regular board meeting on July 26.
Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation awarded a $10,000 Let’s Play sports-equipment donation from Dr Pepper Snapple Group and nonprofit Good Sports.
Fort Lauderdale, FL — Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) awarded Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation a Let’s Play equipment donation valued at $10,000 as part of its partnership with Good Sports and the Florida Beverage Association (FBA). The grant provided brand-new sports equipment including 28 football helmets, six soccer goals, 24 volleyballs, 100 mouth guards, 48 baseball helmets, and 12 medicine balls. The donation will impact 1,400 kids over the lifetime of the equipment.
Tallahassee, FL. - A new Capitol Complex Recycling Program has launched to encourage legislators, staff, and Capitol visitors to recycle bottles and cans during the 2018 Legislative Session.
This program is a collaboration between the Florida Beverage Association, Florida Recycling Partnership, Keep Florida Beautiful, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The new bottle-shaped recycling containers were provided by the Florida Beverage Association through a grant from the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America.
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March. 22, 2017 – The Florida Beverage Association (FBA) is pleased to announce the addition of CORE® Nutrition as a new Associate Member of FBA. A health and wellness company founded in 2015 on innovative design and science, CORE® Nutrition is the maker of CORE® Hydration premium bottled water and CORE® Organic fruit infused beverages.
“We are excited to add CORE® Nutrition to our list of members that are leading the charge on beverage innovation,” said Liz Castro DeWitt, Executive Director of FBA, the trade association for Florida’s non- alcoholic beverage industry. “We look forward to working with them as we move forward in our efforts to educate consumers on the benefits of leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle.”
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Feb. 22, 2017 – The Florida Beverage Association (FBA) is pleased to announce the award of a $25,000 grant to the ‘6 to 76’ program of the “I’M A STAR” Foundation, Inc., a foundation dedicated to empower youth to become solution-oriented leaders in their respective schools and communities. The ‘6 to 76’ program provides the opportunity for school aged children and senior citizens to become healthier together and is focused on Health Zone 1 in Duval County.
The goal of the FBA Grant Program is to support initiatives that advance healthy and environmentally sustainable Florida communities. The grant is jointly funded by the Florida Beverage Association and the.
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FEB. 9, 2017 – The Florida Beverage Association (FBA) is pleased to announce the award of a $5,000 grant to Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (KTBB) for its Rain Barrel Education Program. The goal of the FBA Grant Program is to support initiatives that advance healthy and environmentally sustainable Florida communities. The grant is jointly funded by the Florida Beverage Association and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America.
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Inc. provides environmental education and opportunities for volunteers to give back to their community through cleanups, habitat restoration and beautification projects.
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State’s Beverage Companies to Support Local Organization that Promotes Excellence On and Off the Soccer Pitch
The Florida Beverage Association (FBA) and its members, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and PepsiCo, are pleased to announce that they will be supporting the Little Haiti Football Club with a year-round donation of water and sports drinks.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Little Haiti Football Club and applaud their efforts to incorporate academic studies into their powerhouse soccer program,” said Liz Castro DeWitt, Executive Director of the FBA, the trade association for Florida’s non- alcoholic beverage industry.
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FBA supports healthy and environmentally sustainable communities
The Florida Beverage Association (FBA) is pleased to announce the commencement of the second year of its Florida Beverage Association Grant Program. The grant program provides support to organizations and programs that promote nutrition, physical activity and health and wellness initiatives, as well as environmental sustainability programs.
“The Florida Beverage Association and its member companies were impressed with the caliber of applicants from our first year of the grant program,” Executive Director Liz DeWitt said. “We were pleased to award grants to Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces for their commitment to promote nutrition, physical activity and health initiatives, as well as the Science and Environment Council for their focus on environmental sustainability programs.”
In response to today’s release of the FDA rule change on the Nutrition Facts Panel, the American Beverage Association issued the following statement:
“We believe that people should have clear and understandable nutrition facts about foods and beverages so that they can make informed choices that are right for themselves and their families. America’s beverage companies have supported nutrition transparency; it’s why we voluntarily placed clear calorie labels on the front of every bottle and can we produce in support of first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign in 2010.
“We look forward to continuing our commitment to offer a wide variety of beverages – including more low- and no-calorie options and smaller portion sizes – and to engaging with the FDA to make sure consumers have the information they need.”
Science and Environment Council and Florida Beverage Association Partner to Promote a Sustainable Water Future in Southwest Florida
SARASOTA, FL – Jan. 25, 2016: The Science and Environment Council, in partnership with the Florida Beverage Association, will add two new tour stops to the community’s Mobile Phone Watershed Audio Tour and extend the popular program through 2017. The Audio Tour (www.watershedtour.org) celebrates highlights of our watersheds while providing interesting facts and suggestions for easy ways to help protect our waters.
The tour includes 30 stops at spectacular natural places and environmental attractions and is accessible by dialing (941) 926-6813. While the tour can be accessed from anywhere, visiting the featured locations across Sarasota and Manatee Counties provides listeners an up-close and personal experience. The audio tour encourages people to get outside and explore - to exercise their brains and their bodies – and celebrate Florida waters!