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Feb. 11, 2009
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In Beverage Industry, Sustainability Sells
from MSNBC
Still looking for that green entrepreneurial opportunity? How about finding inspiration in the next coffee or soft drink you buy? The U.S. beverage industry creates $200 billion in annual revenue, and has been growing 20 percent since 2002. Even in a recession, people need to quench their thirst or get a boost with a morning cup of coffee. So while not immune to recession, the beverage industry will most likely handle it better than most other industries. More

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The Employee Free Choice Act
from NAMA
As NAMA brought to you in the Winter 2008 Edition of In Touch, the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800), if passed, could greatly change how operators do business. With the inauguration of our new Democratic President, this Bill has a high probability of passing. In its current form, the Bill has 3 significant modifications. Click here for details.


Area Schools Take Peanut Butter Items from Menus
from Alexandria Town Talk
In response to concerns stemming from a salmonella outbreak in parts of the country, some area school districts have taken peanut butter and related products off their shelves. "I pulled peanut butter in any and every form from the menus," Rapides Parish Schools Food Services Director Erma Davis said Friday. Avoyelles Parish schools have thrown away some peanut butter just to be safe and will not serve peanut butter anymore. Grant Parish doesn't serve peanut butter at all. Although there is no reason to believe that the peanut butter products in stock for local schools could pose any danger, Davis said she decided to do away with these products since last week to ease concerns. More

Food Safety Reform
from Baltimore Sun
The salmonella-contaminated peanut products that have killed eight people, sickened at least 575 more and triggered one of the largest food recalls in American history is the latest scandal to highlight a recurring problem - the inability of the Food and Drug Administration to properly safeguard 80 percent of the food Americans eat. Under the current law, the Peanut Corp. of America, the source of the bad products, will face no civil penalties for its exposure of millions of Americans to the tainted food. At most, the law, written in the 1930s, could expose company officials to a $1,000 fine per criminal violation and less than one year in jail. With eight dead from peanut butter, that's hardly a fair punishment. More

   Product Showcase: Follett Ice and Water Dispensers

Give your customers more than just water! Follett provides a safe, sanitary way to give your customers high quality filtered water plus the upscale amenity of consumer-preferred Chewblet® ice. Ice availability can also improve the sale of other beverages. Filtered water provides an 80% cost saving over bottled water and gives your customers a "green" alternative. More

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Why U.S. Businesses Want a Green Stimulus Plan
from Greenbiz.com
A green economic recovery package from Congress will allow America to shape its financial and energy future. By investing in energy efficiency, renewable energy and a modernized electric grid, we can assert America's leadership in the emerging clean tech global economy -- and create millions of new jobs. More

Local Dairy Industry Takes Safety Precautions
from The Sentinel
As the fallout continues nationwide over salmonella-tainted peanut products, local sources in the dairy industry say there are plenty of safety precautions in place to make sure it doesn't happen to milk. Kings County has about 150 dairies that cranked out $692 million worth of milk in 2007. From the dairy to the processing plant, there are multiple procedures in place to prevent diseases from infiltrating the milk supply, sources say. More

‘Greening’ Your Water Business
from Water Tech
These days, most forward-thinking companies are exploring their “green” business practices, which help maintain and sustain good environmental quality. For water treatment or bottled water businesses, this concept makes perfect sense: Pure water is nature’s lifeblood and the source of your livelihood. The opportunities to incorporate green into your water business’s operations are innumerable. More


FDA Peanut Product Recall List Continues To Grow
from NAMA
In our continuing efforts to bring you what seem like daily developments, today the FDA issued a special notice to consumers and stakeholders again warning about certain contaminated peanuts and peanut ingredients. So far more than 500 cases of food borne illness caused by Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported. Click here for the latest updates.





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