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NAMA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — BI-WEEKLY UPDATE
NAMA Announces New Coffee Service Video
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To ring in the new year, NAMA announced today the release of a new Coffee Service video, providing a brief but powerful overview of the coffee service segment of the vending and refreshment services industry.
"This video was produced to serve as a valuable tool for operators to share with key stakeholders. At the same time, our team will use it throughout the country to support government affairs activities to communicate important elements of coffee service, including business growth opportunities, consumer benefits as well as the coffee production process," said Howard Chapman, NAMA Chair Elect.
HAPPENINGS AFFECTING OUR INDUSTRY
NAMA Shares 2014 Micro Market Advocacy Update
Eric Dell, NAMA SVP of Government Affairs recently announced that NAMA has created a 2014 micro market advocacy summary to provide members with updates on the year's regulatory activities and progress in the micro market channel.
The summary includes updates on NAMA's work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on food safety, as well as state legislative updates for Arizona, California, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Texas and Washington.
"2014 was an active year for micro market advocacy efforts at all levels of government," Dell said.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIR NEWS — FEDERAL & STATE
Tepid Coffee Anyone? Europe Rules Percolators Must Shut Off After 5 Minutes
For coffee lovers it may feel like the ultimate breakfast-time interference from Brussels.
In an attempt to improve energy efficiency filter coffee machines must now switch off after five minutes of percolating to prevent electricity waste.
The European Commission claims that its new rules, which are intended to help tackle climate change, will not affect consumers as most filter machines have insulated jugs which keep coffee warm.
However those hoping for a piping pot may have to start keeping an eye on their brew if they are to still achieve the perfect cup. Espresso machines must also now power down after 30 minutes and functions keeping cups warm will end after 60 minutes.
2015, the Year the GOP Strikes Back at Obama Food Policies
The Obama administration is becoming increasingly involved in what Americans put on their dinner plates and in their cereal bowls, from requiring school children to be served fruit to eliminating trans fats in doughnuts. But the new Republican Congress is already laying the groundwork to push back in 2015.
As the opening bell sounds for the 114th Congress, don't be surprised to see GOP lawmakers take on school nutrition. The $1.1 trillion omnibus this month included provisions to allow states more flexibility to exempt schools from the Department of Agriculture's whole-grain standards if they can show hardship and to halt future sodium restrictions.
White House Digs In On Nutrition With Kass Replacement
The Obama administration appears to be doubling down on its nutrition policy agenda with its new pick for de facto food policy czar.
Debra "Deb" Eschmeyer, a leading nutrition and local food advocate, has replaced Sam Kass as executive director of Let's Move! and senior policy adviser for nutrition policy, the White House recently announced. Eschmeyer comes to the administration from Food Corps, an AmeriCorps service program she co-founded that this year placed 200 service members into schools in 17 states to promote healthier eating through school gardens, cooking classes and revamped school lunch menus.
California: Chef Jamie Oliver Launches Clean Water Initiative
A legislative effort to add a warning label to soda cans because of their sugary content stalled last session, but activists hoping to limit the prominence of soft drinks in California haven’t given up their fight.
The California Endowment, a private health foundation, is launching an initiative to install new water filtration stations in communities and schools around the state as a "healthy alternative." According to the organization, 2.5 million students lack access to clean drinking water during school meals, and substituting "junk beverages" daily increases their risk of diabetes by at least 26 percent.
Florida Mayor Calls For GMO Free Vending Machines
In a small victory against GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms), a mayor of a town in Florida has called for GMO free vending machines in all the city owned buildings.
Peter Bober, the mayor of Hollywood, Florida, has passed a new mandate that will require all of the 45 vending machines that the city owns to offer GMO free choices. The mandate will also require those vending machines to include healthier offerings that meet recommendations from the American Heart Association for healthier snack and drink options in the work place.
New York: 'Taste NY' Vending Machines Up and Running at Rest Stops
Taste NY vending machines, stocked with New York State-produced options, are now fully operational at two state rest stops.
Visitors of the Broome Gateway Rest Area, located between the Pennsylvania state line and Exit 1 on I-81, and the Clifton Park Rest Area on I-87 north of Albany, will have access to the Taste NY vending machines.
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets coordinated with the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) and the New York State Department of Transportation on this project. The idea is to let travelers sample some of the state's signature items.
This is the first time these vending machines have appeared on state roadways.
"Through Taste NY, Governor Cuomo continues to open up new opportunities for New York State agricultural producers." said State Agricultural Commissioner Richard A. Ball. "These vending machines will not only provide travelers with an opportunity to directly sample New York foods and beverages, but will keep dollars right here in New York State."
Oregon Sues VA for Not Employing Blind Vendors at Southern Oregon Rehab Center
The state of Oregon accuses the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of breaking a law that gives preference to blind people to run vending operations on government property.
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, acting on behalf of the Oregon Commission for the Blind, has sued the VA for failing to follow the law at its Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics in White City, about 10 miles north of Medford.
Texas: Agriculture Commissioner Grants Amnesty to Cupcakes
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller declares cupcake amnesty at a press conference on Jan. 12, 2015.
Newly elected Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is going for the gut. In his first official act as commissioner, Miller granted full amnesty to cupcakes. Cakes, pies, and brownies made the list, too.
Miller was seeking to reassure Texas parents that it's legal to bring cupcakes and other treats to school — and that he'll protect that right.
"This is not about force-feeding cupcakes to our children," the commissioner said, standing next to a table of cupcakes. "It is about local control."
Texas: Commissioner Gets Cupcake Policy Wrong, Combs Says
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller gives away cupcakes at a press conference on Jan. 12, 2015.
When newly elected Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced on Monday that his first official act was to grant amnesty to cupcakes, he said he wanted to make sure Texans knew that state rules that once banned such treats from classrooms were repealed last summer.
But cupcakes have actually been allowed at school parties in Texas for a decade.
In August 2004, then-Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs issued a clarification to a new statewide policy restricting junk food in schools. The "cupcake clarification" said that cakes and cupcakes could be brought to school for birthdays. In 2005, state lawmakers passed Lauren's Law, which guaranteed that right.
"Kids have been able to have cupcakes in schools for years," Combs, who was the state comptroller until earlier this month, said Wednesday. "To make light of the issue is to not be informed on the issue."
Utah: Davis County Government Opts For Healthy Snacks
A vending machine containing healthy snacks, like fruits and vegetables, will be placed on the third floor of the Davis County Administration Building.
Now all county employees have to do is exercise their legs to go use it.
The county commission recently approved an agreement with Choice Vending Supply for some additional vending machines, these machines filled with healthy snack foods.
Choice Vending has for years provided county employees with vending machines full of sweet and salty snacks.
"You will have your choice," Luke Love, county facilities interim director, said of the healthy food option.
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