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Feb. 18, 2009
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Peanut Salmonella Outbreak Reveals Inspection and Regulatory Problems
from Injury Board
The salmonella outbreak which occurred at the Georgia peanut plant Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has caused eight deaths and sickened almost 19,000 people in 43 states. While the company, based in Lynchburg, Va., is under criminal investigation, the outbreak identifies a broader problem with the state and federal regulatory system currently in place. More

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Government Affairs

Senator Floats Sales Tax on Bottled Water
from Ocala
State Sen. Evelyn Lynn has been one of the rare Republicans in Tallahassee, one who is willingly and publicly saying that Florida needs more tax revenue generated, if necessary, by sacrificing some of the state's most sacred tax cows. To that end, the Ormond Beach Republican has proposed taxing bottled water, which has been exempt from the state sales tax for 60 years. More

Group to State: Stop Paying for Bottled Water
from the Boston Herald
Corporate Accountability International yesterday called on Gov. Deval Patrick to dump the state’s contract for bottled water. The Boston activist organization wants the state to stop spending some $500,000 a year for Belmont Springs bottled water and instead pour the money into the public water system. The group’s “Think Outside the Bottle” campaign encourages the use of tap water. More

Dairy Farmers Seek Federal Help
from the Watertown Daily Times
The federal government is sitting on nearly 55 million pounds of nonfat dry milk and has yet to respond to lawmakers' calls to use it quickly enough to save dairy farmers from a historic price crash. 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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Coffee

Coffee Industry to Boost Access to Information
from Business Daily
A database that will link coffee producers, millers, marketers and the Nairobi Coffee Exchange is in the works. The centralized storage and retrieval system is expected to streamline marketing and information dissemination in the coffee industry. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Biodiesel
from Biodiesel Magazine
The cup of java that fuels many people in the morning could soon fuel trucks too, in the form of coffee biodiesel. The project at the University of Nevada-Reno came about rather serendipitously, when engineering professor Mano Misra, who is known as a prodigious coffee drinker, picked up a cup of forgotten coffee. Noticing the sheen from the oil floating on top of the cold coffee, it occurred to him that coffee oil could be a biodiesel feedstock. More

NAMA News

“Sales Simplified” at the NAMA Spring Expo

A keen focus on the bottom-line is essential to maintain the profitable growth of your company. But the reality is…you need a top-line first! Invest 2 days on developing your sales skills to create top-line revenue through “Sales Simplified”. The program will be held April 14 and 15, 2009 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Please call NAMA at 312-346-0370 or click here to request program details.


Share Your Company Plan Through the Diversity Awareness Survey

NAMA and its Diversity Awareness Committee are dedicated to demonstrating the importance of increasingly different cultural backgrounds in the marketplace and how diversity will enhance growth within our businesses and industry. We need member feedback on diversity strategies, processes and programs implemented at your organization to develop and implement value-added programs and resources. Please assist us by participating in the Diversity Survey today! Click here to participate. Your feedback will be handled in a confidential manner.


Technomic U.S. Foodservice Industry Study

For many operators, 2008 finished with declining sales, and as we look ahead to 2009, most economists don’t project a rebound for quite some time. “Staying afloat” in this environment has become a challenge and operators are trying every trick in their bag to increase traffic. Click here to view the 2008-2009 U.S. Foodservice Industry Study, which contains a foodservice industry forecast for 2009.




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