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Small business advice: How to capitalize on your competitors' strengths
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Criticizing the competition is human nature. We praise the quality of our own product, the genius of our unique selling points and we rejoice in the weaknesses of our competitors. We instinctively criticize our competitors because we're constantly fighting them for market share. All that backslapping feels good internally, but it doesn't necessarily improve your marketing strategy. What if, instead of picking apart their weaknesses, you celebrated your competition in the morning meeting? By examining the strengths of your competitors, you might discover new insights to market your own product better. More



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Colombia coffee industry looking to the future
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After a difficult few years for Colombia's coffee growers that has seen global market fluctuations and poor weather hit profits, there's hope that 2013 will see the industry rebound. The National Federation of Coffee Growers say they hope to expand the land area used for coffee cultivation in the country by approximately 100,000 hectares during 2013 to boost productivity. More



New mobile coffee service makes you feel like a rock star
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While it won't literally transform you into a guitar-wielding musical prophet, Buck's new mobile coffee service is hoping to make you feel that way. Buck, a Seattle-based mobile payments company, today introduced Coffee Like A Rock Star, a service that enables people to order and pay for coffee from their mobile phone, then walk up and get their coffee. More

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Graph: How coffee drank soda's milkshake
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Ten years ago, Americans drank enough soda every year to fill a small aquarium. Fifty-three gallons of the stuff per person. That's half a liter of Diet Coke on an average day. Compare that to our other favorite liquid-caffeine companion. For every cup of coffee we consumed in 2003, we drank two cups of soft drink. For $1 we spent on joe, we spent $4 on soda. Now look where we are: Soda is in a free fall, with domestic revenue down 40 percent. Coffee culture is ascendant, up 50 percent in ten years. In another decade, the U.S. could easily spend more on coffee than soda — something utterly unthinkable at the turn of the century. More


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College coffee project pays it forward
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Students at Olds College are taking part in an entrepreneurial project that offers them real work experience and the opportunity to help people in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic Coffee Project was launched at the end of 2012 and has raised over $20,000 in its first month. More

Gimme! Coffee introduces 'Fracktivist' coffee
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Gimme! Coffee recently released an organic, limited edition "Fracktivist Blend" coffee which supports the fight against fracking in New York State. Two dollars from each bag sold is being donated to Toxics Targeting, watchdog group known for its long-standing efforts to protect the environment in the Finger Lakes and across New York state. 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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