The Illinois Beverage Association is celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month during the month of June! While June was chosen as the month to honor the LGBTQ+ community, our member companies are committed to equality all year long, and have been recognized for their dedication.
The Illinois Beverage Association honors Mental Health Awareness Month, which was first celebrated in the United States in 1949. Community-health is at the center of our beverage companies’ priorities – and this includes mental health.
April 22nd marks the 53rd celebration of Earth Day, a day to honor our beautiful planet. Every Earth Day the Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) amplifies our industry’s year-long commitment to protecting our environment through sustainable solutions, reducing our plastic footprint and helping create a more circular economy for recyclables.
The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) celebrates National Move More Month! The month of April is celebrated with one very simple objective in-mind: to get up and move! The benefits of living an active lifestyle are endless – given this, Illinois beverage companies want to help fuel a more active lifestyle with a variety of healthy non-alcoholic beverage options.
The day that Illinois’ Woodstock Willie promised has finally arrived – it’s spring in Illinois! For many parts of the country this means the cold days are behind us and nature will soon be in full bloom. For the Illinois Beverage Association, we are excited for everything that spring brings – long sunny days and the start of outdoor barbeques that last all summer long.
Grab a nice, cold non-alcoholic drink, your bracket and a pen because March Madness has officially started! The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men’s Basketball Championship kicks off today with West Virginia vs. Maryland. Get ready for a month full of excitement, anticipation, and fun!
The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) celebrates National Caffeine Awareness Month! The month of March shines light on the many myths associated with caffeine – one of the most studied ingredients in the food supply chain. Caffeine has been safely consumed for thousands of years and proven safe time and time again.
With Super Bowl LVII this Sunday, February 12th, many people may be planning on getting together with family and friends to cheer on football – while also indulging in an assortment of snacks and drinks. The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) encourages safe Super Bowl celebrations with mocktails made from our industry’s delicious non-alcoholic beverages.
The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) congratulates the City of Oak Park for being the first-place recipient of the Childhood Obesity Prevention and Environmental Health and Sustainability Awards in the “Small City” category and receiving a grant to support their Cross Community Climate Collaborative (C4) initiative from The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA).
The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) congratulates the City of LaSalle on receiving an investment of $55,000 from American Beverage, the nation’s leading advocate of the non-alcoholic beverage industry, to improve the community’s curbside recycling infrastructure.
As the holiday season approaches, many people are thinking about how to maintain a healthy balance of sugar and calories. The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) encourages safe holiday celebrations with mocktails made from our industry’s delicious non-alcoholic beverages.
Illinois Beverage Association champions economic development and plays a critical role as an economic driver for the state, providing quality, good-paying jobs and generating significant revenue to bolster our communities.
Monday, Oct. 4, marked World Habitat Day, a special day designated by The United Nations to reflect on the state of urban sustainability. The Illinois Beverage Association believes that urban sustainability starts with proper recycling practices to keep our environment clean and clear from waste, and we’re committed to ensuring our plastic bottles don’t end up in rivers, oceans, or landfills.
With students across Illinois returning to classrooms, parents must once again consider the nutritional choices their children make while at school. The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) understands the importance of ensuring that schools offer healthy options for students.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on the Illinois economy, with hundreds of thousands of workers still out of a job. That is why the Illinois Beverage Association is proud to be part of the solution in helping the state’s economic recovery.
For more than 50 years, Earth Day has provided an opportunity for us to celebrate our beautiful planet. This Earth Day, April 22, and throughout the month of April, the Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) is reinforcing our industry’s longstanding commitment to protecting our environment through sustainable solutions, reducing our plastic footprint and helping create a more circular economy for recyclables.
In these extraordinary times, our essential workers are showing up every day, so Illinoisans have access to basic needs. It has been incredible to see the bravery of Illinois’ medical professionals and first responders. We owe them a debt of gratitude.
The city of Peoria serves as an economic hub for central Illinois due largely to the Illinois River. The river is a principal tributary of the Mississippi facilitating trade and shipping and along its banks are some of the richest farmland on earth.
According to the Rochester Institute of Technology, more than 22 million pounds of plastic end up on the shores of the Great Lakes. Our lakes are precious resources that we rely on daily — so it’s understandable when Illinoisans become frustrated when they see plastic bottles in nature. Illinois beverage makers share in that frustration.
America’s leading beverage companies—the Coca-Cola Co., Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo—have initiated a “breakthrough” effort to increase recycling rates and reduce the use of virgin resin by increasing collection of the industry’s valuable plastic bottles to make into new bottles.
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, Keurig Dr Pepper, Plano, Texas, and PepsiCo, Purchase, New York, have launched of the Every Bottle Back initiative, an effort to reduce the industry’s use of new plastic by making significant investments to improve the collection of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles.
(ILLINOIS) – June 19th marks the federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, commonly referred to as Juneteenth. The Illinois Beverage Association is committed to diversity and inclusion and its member companies have been diligent in meeting these expectations. In 2020, PepsiCo committed to investing more than $400 million over five years to increase Black representation at the company, support Black-owned businesses, and create economic opportunities in those communities. The Coca-Cola Company also pledged to increase spending with Black-owned enterprises across its supply chain by at least $500 over the next five years.
(ILLINOIS) – The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) is celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month during the month of June. Our beverage companies are committed to honoring the LGBTQ+ community this month and all year long – that’s why member companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Keurig Dr Pepper all received a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index (CEI) in 2022 for their concrete steps to establish and implement comprehensive policies, benefits and practices for LGBTQ+ workers and their families.
(ILLINOIS) – The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) honors the servicemen and women who have lost their lives protecting our nation. Memorial Day began in 1868 in the aftermath of the Civil War, with the first ceremony held at Arlington National Cemetery.
(ILLINOIS) – The month of May marks national Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a holiday dedicated to celebrating the influence and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans in the United States.
The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) – the leading advocate of the non-alcoholic beverage industry in Illinois – weighed in regarding Senate Bill 85, commonly known as the “State Beverage Container Recycling Refunds Act”.
On April 26th, Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) co-hosted the 2023 annual Springfield Business Day along with the Illinois Manufacturers Association (IMA) and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA). Business Day is an opportunity for industry leaders to engage with elected officials in the Illinois General Assembly on the economic and community impacts of the non-alcoholic industry in Illinois.
Today marks the 53rd celebration of Earth Day, a day to honor our beautiful planet. This Earth Day and throughout the month of April, the Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) is reinforcing our industry’s year-round, longstanding commitment to protecting our environment through sustainable solutions, reducing our plastic footprint and helping create a more circular economy for recyclables.
The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) congratulates Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson on his victory in Chicago’s mayoral runoff this week. IBA would also like extend the congratulations to all the elected municipal candidates and the campaign staff that worked on the 2023 Chicago Municipal Election.
March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the cultural, social, economic, and political achievements of women. This year’s campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity, a movement to get the world talking about why equal opportunities aren’t enough.
The month of March kicks-off National Nutrition Month – a full month dedicated to nutrition education, the importance of making informed decisions in the grocery store and staying active. The Illinois Beverage Association is proud to support efforts to achieve a balanced lifestyle, especially in the beverage aisle.
On February 15th, Rob Nash, Executive Director of the Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) attended Governor J.B. Pritzker’s 2023 State of the State and Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Address in Springfield, Illinois.
February marks Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month. Formally beginning in 1976, the month is celebrated every February to note the achievements by black Americans and recognize the central role of African Americans throughout the history of the United States.
American Beverage today announced LaSalle, Illinois, has been selected to receive an investment of $55,500 from the beverage industry to improve the community’s curbside recycling system. This investment, combined with $4.5 million in city matching funds, will provide 3,700 households in LaSalle with free, 96-gallon recycling carts.
On Friday, January 20th, the Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) provided a tour of member company Reyes Coca-Cola’s production facility in Niles to Illinois Senate President Don Harmon (D-39th) and State Senator Laura Murphy (D-28th).
The Illinois Beverage Association welcomes the state legislators serving in the 103rdIllinois General Assembly. The inauguration of the House and Senatewas held on Wednesday, January 11th, officially commencing the legislative session.
The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) attended the American Beverage Government Affairs Conference held in California this October. Member companies and state association heads gathered at the conference to discuss public health, environmental, packaging and sustainability issues within the Beverage Industry
The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) is celebrating National Recycling Day by touting the importance of industry-wide efforts to recycle. To ensure Illinois’ environment and natural resources, such as the Illinois River are preserved, IBA has teamed up with America’s leading beverage companies and environmental and sustainability partners to bring Every Bottle Back.
The first in-person event since the onset of the pandemic, IBA members directly engaged with members of the General Assembly and Pritzker administration on significant economic, sustainability and community benefits of Illinois’ non-alcoholic beverage industry.
IBA is proud to announce our three member companies, Keurig Dr Pepper, The Coca-Cola Company, and PepsiCo, were among the 842 businesses selected by The Human Rights Campaign Foundation as businesses that met the criteria to receive a 100% rating and the designation as a 2022 “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.”
Earlier this year, the Illinois Beverage Association partnered with the American Heart Association, members of the General Assembly and Illinois restaurants to support legislation (Public Act 102-0529) establishing menu guidelines for children’s meals.
Today kicks off “America Recycles Week”, during which the non-alcoholic beverage industry is promoting its significant efforts in recycling through its groundbreaking Every Bottle Back program, emphasizing the importance of protecting our environment and natural resources year-round. To date, the industry’s Every Bottle Back program has led to nearly $13 million in investments in 11 communities nationwide to help over 300,000 households recycle nearly 693 million more pounds of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic
The latest evaluation of the non-alcoholic beverage industry’s commitment to reduce the sugar consumers get from beverages shows that consumption of full-calorie beverages declined in 2020 for the fourth consecutive year.
The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) proudly salutes those participating in the historic 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including more than 60 Olympians with Illinois connections who are competing in the games.
Recognizing the need for systemic change to address barriers that make it difficult for low-income students of color to pursue higher education, PepsiCo and its philanthropic arm, the PepsiCo Foundation, today announces a new $40 million scholarship and professional mentoring program to support Black and Hispanic aspiring and graduating community college students.
The Coca-Cola Company, partnering with local distributor Heartland Coca-Cola, donated 32,500 plastic face shields to the State of Illinois to protect those essential frontline workers who are keeping the people of Illinois safe.
The Coca-Cola Company, Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo Will Support Circular Plastics Economy Through Investment and Action, in Conjunction with World Wildlife Fund, The Recycling Partnership & Closed Loop Partners
Cook County today became the first local unit of government in the country to repeal an existing beverage tax when the County Board overwhelmingly voted 15-2 to end the county’s unfair, over-reaching and unpopular beverage tax.
Business Day is an annual opportunity participate in the legislative process and a chance to speak directly with Members of the General Assembly while they are considering legislation that directly impacts the Illinois’ non-alcoholic beverage industry.
Illinois Beverage Association members hosted a series of tours for local and state officials at bottling plants and distribution facilities in their districts to highlight the direct and indirect jobs created by the beverage industry in each district.
Beverage company representatives and hundreds of state beverage associations from across the country gathered for a two-day National Government Affairs Conference (NGAC) in Chicago to share insights on key industry issues.
Heartland Coca-Cola is the local distributer in central and southern Illinois and is a founding partner of the Illinois Special Olympics Summer Games. In addition to sponsoring the event, Heartland shows their support by providing volunteers to assist athletes during the games.