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5 things small businesses should keep in mind when developing a website
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Making the transition to online business is sometimes difficult and can leave small business owners with a ton of questions. However, as 78 percent of North Americans are Internet users, the investment is likely to be a worthwhile one — as long as a few simple things are kept in mind. More


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Brazil coffee crop seen close to record in 2013
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Coffee growers in Brazil, the world's largest producer, may approach last year's record output even as trees enter the lower-yielding half of a two-year cycle, the Agriculture Ministry said. More

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Turn used coffee grounds into coffee granitas
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You've brewed your coffee and enjoyed it, but that doesn't mean your java experience ends there and you have to toss the spent grounds in the trash. The Food Network suggests creating another drink from them: cool coffee granitas. More

Hold the diet soda? Sweetened drinks linked to depression, coffee tied to lower risk
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New research suggests that drinking sweetened beverages, especially diet drinks, is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults while drinking coffee was tied to a slightly lower risk. More

Starbucks wades into Vietnam despite the country's entrenched local coffee culture
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Nghiem Ngoc Thuy has been slinging coffees to thirsty Vietnamese for 20 years in her colonial-style villa with peeling shutters, and she and her customers aren't too worried that the imminent arrival of U.S. giant Starbucks will alter their time-tested coffee traditions. Starbucks recently announced that it will open its first cafe in Vietnam in early February in Ho Chi Minh City as part of its strategy to expand across Asia, and plans to add more shops throughout the country. More

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Coffee deal wave sparks Krispy Kreme-to-Jamba appetite
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Following the biggest surge in takeovers of restaurant and coffee companies since the last recession, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. and Jamba Inc. could be next on the menu. Acquisitions of U.S. restaurant, tea and coffee companies from Peet's Coffee & Tea Inc. to Teavana Holdings Inc. reached $6.1 billion last year, the highest level since 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Deals are on the rise as sales growth at coffee and snack shops are forecast to outpace fast-food chains through 2017, data from IBISWorld Inc. show. More

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2013: Proliferation of food eco-labels to continue
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The number of eco-labels in the food industry is expected to continue to proliferate in 2013. More than 200 seals and logos represent some ecological, ethical, ingredient or sustainability attributes in the global food industry. Organic Monitor finds the mushrooming number of eco-labels could have adverse consequences. More

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Farmers seek new income from Fairtrade carbon credits
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Palestinian olive growers make a living from trees that are, in some cases, 2,000 to 3,000 years old — proof that these farmers have been working in harmony with the environment for centuries, according to Nasser Abufarha, a representative of Fairtrade producers in the Middle East. Now the time may finally have come for them to be rewarded for their role in conserving local ecosystems, through a fledgling scheme to develop "Fairtrade" carbon credits. More

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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the Keeping In Touch with NAMA news brief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NAMA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.
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