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Rising gas prices hit businesses big and small
The Washington Post    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Six months ago, Jeb Lopez launched a business ferrying automobile parts from suppliers to dealerships and body shops. Now, the price of gas is forcing him to dip into an emergency fund. Lopez is among other local business owners who say the rapidly rising price of gas is taking a bite out of their profits and posing a strategic challenge. The price has jumped dramatically, from a national average for a gallon of regular gas of $3.12 one month ago to $3.54 recently, according to AAA. More

Government Affairs

NAMA Government Affairs
National Automatic Merchandising Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

From campus grounds to coffee grounds
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The road to the Final Four recently began, as the National Collegiate Athletic Association's annual men's basketball tournament gets under way. For hoops fans in one state, there is another contest with an alliterative title they are also watching: the Battle for Bean Street. Bean Street is not an address, but rather the brand name for coffee sold at the Kangaroo Express chain of convenience stores, which is owned by The Pantry Inc. in Cary, N.C. To stimulate coffee sales, particularly in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, The Pantry is running a campaign during the 2010-2011 college basketball season that seeks to take advantage of the fierce rivalry among the three local universities. More

As weather shifts, coffee farmers struggle to protect crops
Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A mile above this rural mountain town, coffee trees have produced some of the world's best arabica beans for more than a century. Now farmers are planting even higher — at nearly 7,000 feet — thanks to warmer temperatures. "We noticed about six years ago, the weather changed," said Ricardo Calderon Madrigal, whose family harvests ripe, red coffee cherries at the higher elevation. He sells beans to some of the most notable coffeehouses in the U.S., including Stumptown Coffee of Portland, Ore., and Ritual Coffee in San Francisco. More

Business / Industry

General Mills seeks out three new heat protection technologies
Food Production Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
General Mills has published three requests on its open innovation platform for new food packaging and heat protection technologies. The three requests are the latest to appear on the G-Win platform — an online network through which General Mills looks for new technologies from outside its own R&D team. More

Banks to get $30 billion for small business loans
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
During his last State of the Union, President Barack Obama trumpeted a new $30 billion fund designed to boost small business lending. At the time outstanding loans to small businesses had declined 5 percent, or nearly $36 billion, since 2008, according to data from bank regulatory filings known as call reports. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Vending machines go green
Bethany Beach Wave    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Siblings Ryan Stuart and Kristi Gamuciello started a new venture as a way to promote healthy eating for families on the go. In August, they created Crave Smart, a company geared toward making healthy eating accessible, affordable and easy by providing nutritious snack foods and drinks in energy-efficient vending machines. ‎ More

PepsiCo unveils 100 percent plant-based bottle
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Remember the cola wars? Get ready for the bottle wars. PepsiCo Inc. says it has created a new plastic bottle made entirely of plant material. It says its technology tops competitor Coca-Cola's similar bottle when it comes to reducing its carbon footprint. More

Mineral oil risk: Nestle looks for new recycled paper grades
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Nestle said it is collaborating with paper manufacturers to evaluate different approaches for developing new grades of recycled paper in light of concerns about migration oil leakage into foods from packaging using newspaper based recycled board. More


The OneShow 2011

Have you looked at lately? There is a lot going on here. It is THE location to find all the 2011 OneShow info.

Captivating City of Chicago video on OneShow home page
The Industry Awards
The Innovation Awards
Updated schedule, education write ups, speaker photos and bios
Hotel & Travel information

Hope to see you in Chicago!

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


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.

Participate in NAMA's 2011 operating ratio survey

This annual statistical study enables vending, coffee service and food service operators to measure their performance against industry data in important categories including sales and gross profit by product; ROI; inventory turnover, and much more. It is useful in planning and setting targets, education customers, dealing with bankers and negotiating with clients. Data is presented by company sales size and by region. Operators that participate receive a FREE copy of the Report. Click here to download your survey form.


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