Sales of Miller Lite have surged since the brewery launched a series of TV ads touting its low-carb content. Anheuser-Busch started the low-carb beer trend with its Michelob Ultra line, and Coors is set to launch its new low-carb line, Aspen Edge, next year.
The sale of business units in Chile, Argentina and Brazil is nearly complete, but analysts forecast the divestitures will not provide Ahold with the funds it needs to move beyond its accounting scandal and focus on core assets in Europe and the U.S.
State legislatures have introduced nearly 180 bills discussing obesity this year, more than twice the amount seen last year. Proposals include taxing movie tickets to pay for health programs and increasing physical fitness programs in schools.