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Feb. 25, 2009
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Food Safety Issues are Far from Resolved
from The Salinas Californian
Every major food safety scare - from E. coli in spinach and beef to salmonella in peppers and pot pies - has come with renewed calls for stronger laws and stricter oversight. But outbreaks continue. The latest scare of salmonella in peanut butter exposes vulnerabilities in the food industry and an inadequate system to protect consumers - which comes as no surprise to health experts and food safety advocates. More

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Government Affairs

Beverage Industry Fights New York Obesity Tax Plan
from The Examiner
The American Beverage Association recently fought back against critics who link sugary soft drinks with childhood obesity. "Despite what Governor (David) Paterson and (Health) Commissioner (Richard) Daines claim, the science is clear: The association between sugar-sweetened soft drinks and obesity, if it exists at all, is so weak that total abstinence from soda drinking will have no impact on public health," said Maureen Storey. More

Health and Nutrition

Coffee or Tea Consumption May Lower Stroke Risk
from the U.S. News & World Report
Here's some good news for java junkies and tea lovers alike: Two new studies suggest that both beverages may lower your stroke risk. As coffee drinking increases, the prevalence of stroke decreases, said Dr. David Liebeskind, author of the coffee study and an associate clinical professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles. More

Canned Food Industry Stressing Nutrition Argument to Win Back Consumers
from Modesto Bee
Come on, 'fess up. There are times when you have cranked open a can of peaches to satisfy a craving for fruit. In so doing, you might have drawn a sneer from certain people who think that fresh is best when it comes to fruits and vegetables. (They point to a 2007 study from the University of California at Davis on how nutrients are affected by the canning process. The nutrients include vitamin A, found in abundance in apricots and in lesser amounts in peaches and tomatoes. The researchers said the canning process, which includes cooking, makes it easier for the body to absorb the vitamin.) More


   Product Showcase: Follett Ice and Water Dispensers

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Challenges of Corn Ethanol Make Sugar More Attractive
from Daily Comet
The corn-based ethanol industry has gone from the prince of renewable energy to the pauper of alternative fuels in a short period of time, thanks to an ailing economy. Stepping up in its place is another form of ethanol that relies on agricultural waste, most notably sugar-cane byproducts. Louisiana researchers are on the cutting edge of this trend and farmers in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes could stand to benefit. More

Mintel Finds Fewer Americans Interested in Going "Green" During Recession
from Business Wire
The economy is starting to cast a shadow over green living's glow. According to new consumer research from Mintel, the number of Americans who say they almost always or regularly buy green products remains unchanged since last year, at 36 percent. This comes after tripling the previous year (from 12 percent in 2007 to 36 percent in 2008, according to Mintel consumer survey data). Marcia Mogelonsky, Ph. D and senior research analyst at Mintel, explains the shift in green shopping behavior: “People's priorities have changed because of economic hardship. A substantial number of shoppers are now struggling just to provide the basics for their families, so green living is no longer top of mind for many Americans.” More

NAMA News

NAMA 2009 Operating Ratio Survey

The era of automatic profits for operators has come to a sudden halt. The industry has moved from trying to keep up with demand to battling on sales, expense control and every other aspect of operations. In turbulent times, financial benchmarking is more important than ever before. Participate in NAMA’s 2009 Operating Ratio Survey and receive a FREE copy of NAMA’s Operating Ratio Report. Click here for more information.


Mobile Caterers and Vending Companies – A Necessary Partnership

Can these two food service options co-exist and even help each other? Do they go together? The answer is a resounding YES. In today’s challenging economy, vending operators and mobile caterers need to work together like never before to create efficiencies as well as opportunities for their companies and customers. Click here to learn more about the benefits of this important partnership.


NAMA Scholarships Available!

NAMA Members! Do you have a son or daughter attending or about to attend college? The NAMA Foundation will award a minimum of ten $2,500 post high school non-renewable scholarships at the NAMA Spring Expo April 16. The deadline is March 2nd and to be eligible all you have to do is apply! For more information click here.

The NAMA Foundation and Coca-Cola North America have tuition-paid scholarships (value of $2,450) available for the Emerging Leaders Development Program! Attend this program in Atlanta, Georgia April 26-30, 2009. Apply now!




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