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Report card on banks' small business loan pledges
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ever since the depths of the credit freeze in 2008, the Obama administration has repeatedly called lending to small businesses critical to create jobs and reduce the unemployment rate, which has remained above 9 percent since May 2009. At the end of 2009, Obama pressured banks, especially institutions that had taken "extraordinary assistance" in the form of government bailouts, to do more to get credit to worthy borrowers. In 2010, three of America's largest banks­ — Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo — increased their lending to Main Street companies by 16 percent, or a combined $16.5 billion, after pledging to do more to help small businesses recover. More

Government Affairs

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 More

Coffee & Water

Maillard reaction produces antioxidants in coffee
Food Product Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The antioxidants in coffee don’t come from the bean itself, but rather from the roasting process, according to food scientists at the University of British Columbia. The prevailing antioxidants present in dark-roasted coffee brew extracts result from the green beans being browned under high temperatures Previous studies suggested that antioxidants in coffee could be traced to caffeine or the chlorogenic acid found in green coffee beans, but our results clearly show that the Maillard reaction is the main source of antioxidants," says Yazheng Liu, an MSc student in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and lead author of the study. More

Smucker's hikes Folgers price as coffee rallies
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J.M. Smucker Co., the top U.S. packaged coffee maker, raised prices for most of its coffee products, including Folgers, in a widely expected move as the cost of beans has soared 85 percent in eight months. Although this was the third price rise in less than a year — by a company known as the trendsetter in coffee list prices — many in the coffee industry have wondered how the company managed to wait so long as tight supplies of washed arabica coffee beans have continued to fuel the price rally. More

Business / Industry

Returning tradeshows signals revival of Chicago's convention industry
National Automatic Merchandising Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a direct result of the groundbreaking laws enacted by the Illinois General Assembly last spring that greatly reduce labor costs, food costs and offer expanded exhibitor rights at Chicago's McCormick Place, more than a dozen shows have signed with Chicago in recent months. Large trade shows including the American Society of Nephrology, Biotechnology Industry Organization, International Housewares Association, Association for Manufacturing Technology, Healthcare Information and Management Society and the National Restaurant Association are some of the leading organizations that will return to Chicago after seeing changes in legislation that will have positive financial impact for their exhibitors and organizations. More

Vending machines try electronic self-defense
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Tough economic times have spurred a rash of vending machine thefts, prompting operators to fight back with sales-tracking devices and automated text message alerts. Theft rings have sprung up in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and New York, among other states. More schools, hospitals and other big vending customers are complaining of such break-ins, especially with outdoor vending machines, according to loss consultants and machine operators. While no one closely tracks the exact number of such thefts, these experts report a proliferation of websites and YouTube videos with instructions on how to break into the machines. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Coffee commitment
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The Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company is a small gem taking the coffee industry to new heights. It focuses on producing premium, great tasting coffee while keeping it green. While the majority of the coffee industry continues to package coffee in non-recyclable, heavy-gauge foil bags, Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company uses steel cans, recycled paper and soy ink to produce product labels. "You cannot find a more environmentally friendly coffee. We provide a quality product with the smallest environmental impact as possible," said Chris Paladino, Chesapeake's CEO. More


The OneShow 2011

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Quality Coffee Certification Program

The Quality Coffee Certification Program is entering its 11th year of educating operators about coffee, water and the important role both play in serving a quality coffee beverage. Register before it's too late! QCCP classes fill to capacity for a good reason — they are exceptional! Click to register today!

Brewing Fundamentals - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Coffee Fundamentals - Wednesday, April 27, 2011


NAMA Foundation Scholarship Program

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Supervisor Development Program Redesigned

The new NAMA Supervisor Development Program has been redesigned to meet the needs of today's industry. Sessions have been extended and a new Successful Project Management workshop added. Practical, hands-on ideas will help you solve problems, improve your business skills and lead your team to exemplary performance. Supervisors and managers of all levels will benefit from this robust program. Program will be offered April 25-27, 2011 in Chicago prior to the NAMA OneShow. Click here for a full brochure.


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