Beverage Calories Initiative

Healthier Generation works as a broker and implementation partner with some of the biggest players in the beverage industry to drive down consumption of calories from beverages.

 
2006 Agreement

In 2006, we negotiated a voluntary agreement with the beverage industry to remove regular soft drinks from schools and provide lower-calorie and smaller-portion options to children during the school day. Within four years, this initiative led to a 90 percent reduction in beverage calories shipped to the nation’s schools.  

 
2014 Agreement

Building on the success and impact of this agreement, in 2014 Healthier Generation, the American Beverage Association (ABA), The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (now Keurig Dr. Pepper), and PepsiCo announced the 2025 Beverage Calories Initiative to reduce the number of calories that Americans consume from beverages by 20 percent by 2025.

 
Community-Based Efforts

With the ABA and beverage companies, Healthier Generation has undertaken a complementary effort to evaluate progress and strategies toward the 20 percent beverage calorie reduction in eight to 10 communities where the challenge to meet the goal is believed to be greatest. To date, we have launched focused efforts in five communities: Los AngelesLittle RockMississippi Delta, Montgomery, and New York City.

Healthier Generation Beverage Initiative Map
 
 
The Stories Behind the Work

 

Read: The Stories Behind the Work: The Coca-Cola Company

 

Read: The Stories Behind the Work: Pepsico

 

Read: The Stories Behind the Work: Keurig Dr. Pepper 

 

Evaluating Our Impact

To measure progress toward the 2025 goal, independent evaluator Keybridge conducts an annual analysis of average per-capita beverage calorie consumption, both nationally and in the communities of focus.