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Jan. 20, 2010
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Seventeen Ways Consumers are Changing
from
U.S. News & World Report via Yahoo Finance

You seem different. More anxious. Pensive, perhaps. What's on your mind? A lot of people desperately want to know. Market researchers always want to get inside the heads of consumers, and they've never been more curious than they are now. In the aftermath of a wrenching recession, Americans are saving more, spending less, and rethinking many of the tenets that have governed middle-class living for the past 40 years. Vast amounts of money are at stake, as consumer-product firms try to guess how Americans will spend their scarce dollars in the future. More    E-mail article


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Government Affairs

NAMA Government Affairs Website!
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www.NAMAVoice.com is designed to help NAMA members learn about, track and communicate directly with elected officials on our critical legislative issues. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at nmonroe@vending.org. Required Reading! Click here for the most recent Legislative Alert!     E-mail article

Coffee

Best Coffee Last Year Review
from News Blaze
What would you think to be the best selling single origin Coffee of this past year? Coffee lovers, unite. Methods of evaluating only those single-origin coffees is complete for this year. That includes beans that sold best all year 2009. Following the study, it includes: Coffees which consistently made up the basics for most roasters' single-origin sales programs, along with coffees they absolutely needed for bags, bins, and tins, in order to keep consumers happy. More     E-mail article

Business/Industry

How Corporate Branding is Taking Over the World
from OpEdNews
In May 2009, Absolut Vodka launched a limited edition line called "Absolut No Label." The company's global public relations manager, Kristina Hagbard, explained that "For the first time we dare to face the world completely naked. We launch a bottle with no label and no logo, to manifest the idea that no matter what's on the outside, it's the inside that really matters." A few months later, Starbucks opened its first unbranded coffee shop in Seattle, called 15th Avenue E Coffee and Tea. More     E-mail article

Powerhouse Combo Formed in Food Industry
from QSR Magazine
North Star Foods Inc. a protein processing company serving the industrial, retail, and foodservice sectors and Quantum Foods, LLC, one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced food processors, recently announced that they will combine operations into a single food company. More     E-mail article

Corporate Social Responsibility

FDA Expresses Concern Over BPA, Plans Further Studies
from GreenerDesign
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it now has concern over the effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on infants and children, but it currently has little power to regulate the use of the chemical. More    E-mail article

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NAMA News


February 1st is Deadline for Industry Awards Nominations!

Only 12 days left to submit a nomination for that individual who inspires, encourages and values his or her staff and clients. Everyone attending the OneShow can join in the celebration when the NAMA Industry Awards are presented on the trade show floor’s Center Stage, April 29 at 4:30 pm and hosted by NFL Coach Mike Ditka! Click here to submit a "user friendly" online nomination!


Attention OneShow Exhibitors: Deadlines Approaching for Strategic Sponsorships

If you have been considering participating as a OneShow Sponsor, please note that some packages include ads in the Spring Issue of InTouch. Artwork for this issue is due Monday, January 25. In order to reap all the benefits of a sponsorship package and receive the most visibility throughout the year, contact us today! For more information click here. Club One admissions available only to Strategic Sponsors.


Register for NAMA’s Supervisor Development Program, April 26-28, 2010

Newly appointed and experienced supervisors and managers interested in advancing their careers can register to attend the highly successful NAMA Supervisor Development Program. The program will be held in conjunction with the NAMA OneShow, April 28-30. Click here for details. Register and receive a complimentary expo badge!


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NAMA OneShow-Chicago

April 28-30, 2010 Click here to register


Supervisor Development Program
April 26-28, 2010 Click here for a registration form


QCCP Coffee Fundamentals
April 27, 2010 Click here for a registration form


QCCP Brewing Fundamentals
April 28, 2010 Click here for a registration form







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