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Report finds that 65,000 small businesses and farms will be exposed to estate tax in 2011
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On Dec. 30, 2010, the American Family Business Foundation published a report, by Antony Davis, Cost of Compromise: Impact of the 2011-2012 Estate Tax. Here are the report's key findings. More



NAMA Government Affairs
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NAMA's Government Affairs team focuses on federal and state legislative news that impacts your company's growth and profitability. Required reading for all members! Click here for the most recent Legislative Alert. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at nmonroe@vending.org. More

NAMA Member Update!

It's time to honor those people
who have truly made a difference in our industry!

NAMA invites you to acknowledge those talented, enthusiastic and dedicated members who support our industry by nominating them for a 2011 NAMA Industry Award. The simple online process is in full swing and nominations will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2011. Click here to recognize your favorite industry person today!

All NAMA OneShow attendees are invited to share in the excitement on Thursday, April 28, at 4:30 on the Center Stage. This year we welcome Master of Ceremonies, Michigan State University Head Basketball Coach Tom Izzo!



Coffee & Water


Hot coffee: Higher prices brewing for 2011
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Increased demand combined with a fall in global production is driving costs of beans to new highs. Higher coffee prices are brewing for 2011 thanks to a combination of bad weather, shrinking global production and ballooning consumer demand. Prices of more than $2 per pound for green coffee on world commodity markets could rise sharply next year, analysts predict, forcing major food retailers and coffee outlets to pass along costs to consumers who are turning more to higher quality Arabica coffee beans over more common robusta varieties. More

International Bottled Water Association applauds passage of federal food safety legislation
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The International Bottled Water Association applauds the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for passing the "Food Safety Modernization Act." The bill, which was enrolled on Dec. 21, 2010, authorizes the largest overhaul of the federal food safety laws since the enactment of the "Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906." IBWA supports this legislation as part of a large coalition that includes other food and beverage producers, manufacturers, and associations. President Obama recently signed the bill into law. IBWA stands ready to work with the Food and Drug Administration on its implementation. More



Business / Industry


Vending machines for medicine
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When we think of vending machines, soda or a snack may come to mind. But could it be the same for medicine? "This is basically like a vending machine for prescription drugs," says Carolyn Reynolds, Director of Pharmacy at Trinity Hospital. Doctor Reynolds and her staff are excited about the newly designed vending machine for prescription drugs called Instymeds. The machine is designed to get patients their medicine quick and easy when your local pharmacy might not be open. "They automatically come here to the machine and through the touch screen they are able to enter their code that is on the prescription for them," says Doctor Reynolds. Trinity Hospital is the second hospital in North Dakota to have the Instymeds machine and Dr. Reynolds says this is a fast and easy way to get such medicine as antibiotic and pain prescriptions. More

Preserving a way of life: Vending machine manufacturer puts Williston, S.C., on the map
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Welcome to Williston, S.C., a small town tucked away in Barnwell County, with a population of 3,300. A year ago, leaders were worried about their community. The county had lost three large employers. Nine hundred jobs had been eliminated, and the town's future looked bleak. To make matters worse, one of two remaining large industries in the town was considering a move to St. Louis, Mo., where operations of two plants would be consolidated. "Goodbye, jobs; goodbye, tax base; a way of life was in jeopardy," according to Scana Corp. local government and economic development representative Scott Neely, who was town administrator at the time Crane was determining the best location for its vending machine manufacturing. Either the plant would move from Williston, taking 500 jobs, or Crane would consolidate operations at the Barnwell County facility, creating several hundred new jobs. More

U.S. largest market for whole grain, high fiber foods
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A rising consumer interest in health and fitness conscious will help the global market for whole grain and high fiber foods reach $24 billion by 2015, according to a new market report from Global Industry Analysts Inc. The report suggests unhealthy lifestyles and poor dietary habits have heightened concerns about obesity, cardiovascular and other diseases, leading consumers to spurn processed foods. The report, "Whole Grain and High Fiber Foods: A Global Strategic Business Report" predicts the growing popularity of healthier, natural and fat-free whole grain/high fiber foods and baked products will provide the required growth impetus in the medium-to-long term. More

Corporate Social Responsibility


Frito-Lay to make 50 percent of snacks with 'all-natural' ingredients
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Recipes for more than six dozen varieties of Frito-Lay snacks, including Lay's potato chips, Tostitos and SunChips, will be reformulated in the coming year so that 50 percent of the company's products are made only with natural ingredients, the firm said recently. PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division, which has pursued greener manufacturing facilities, transportation and packaging, announced the ingredients change on recently and described the marketing blitz that will promote the product reformulation. Frito-Lay said the largest integrated marketing campaign in company history launches on New Year's Day during the Tostito Fiesta Bowl. More

"Holding the Line" on dues for 2011!


By now you may have received your renewal invoice. Did you notice that there was no increase in your base membership dues? Just as you continue to do all you can at your own company, NAMA is also committed to reducing expenses and finding new ways to increase efficiency in order to “Hold the Line” on membership dues.

Renewing your NAMA membership online is easy. Simply click here. If you have any questions regarding your ID# or password, just call toll free 1-888-337-8363!



NAMA Member QCCP Graduates

Attention QCCP Graduates - Take the next step! Earn your Certified Coffee Specialist, CCS designation on your schedule! Let your customers know you are passionate about coffee! Click here for details.



 
 


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