American Beverage Association Announces Election of Six New Members to Its Board of Directors

Apr 28, 2010, 14:00 ET from American Beverage Association

WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Beverage Association (ABA) today announced the election of six new members to its Board of Directors.  The new members are: Anthony J. Varni, president, Varni Brothers Corporation; J. Andrew Moore, co-president, MLF Group; Jerry Fowden, chief executive officer, Cott Corporation; Scott Miller, chief executive officer, Tampico Beverages, Inc.; and Seth Goldman, President &TeaEO, Honest Tea.  In addition, Tom L. Bene, president, Pepsi-Cola North America Beverages, was elected to the board and will assume the vice chair position vacated by Hugh Johnston, executive vice president of global operations for PepsiCo.

"I am pleased to welcome these talented members of our great industry to ABA's board of directors and look forward to their insight and perspective on issues that are critical to our business," Larry D. Young, chair of ABA's board of directors, and president and chief executive officer of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, said.  "With our successful efforts on School Beverage Guidelines and our new Clear on Calories initiative, this is a busy time for our industry on a number of different fronts and we are grateful to add these members to our team."

Members of ABA's board of directors serve a four-year term and participate in semi-annual meetings that help shape association policy and initiatives.  With the election of these six new members, there are now 32 members on ABA's board.

"In the years ahead, ABA is going to keep building on our successful nutrition, environment and education initiatives.  We are glad to have the expertise and experience of our new board members as we push ahead," said Susan K. Neely, ABA president and chief executive officer.

The American Beverage Association is the trade association representing the broad spectrum of companies that manufacture and distribute non-alcoholic beverages in the United States.  For more information on ABA, please visit the association's Web site at or call the ABA communications team at (202) 463-6770.

SOURCE American Beverage Association