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March 18, 2009
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Long-Sought Food Labeling Law Underway
from MSNBC
Shoppers will have more information about where their food comes from under a new policy, which started this week. Labels on most fresh meats, along with some fruits, vegetables and other foods, will now list where the food originated. In the case of meats, some labels will list where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. More

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Coffee

Nestle Study: Coffee May Boost Gut Health
from NutraIngredients-USA
Moderate consumption of an instant coffee may boost the numbers of certain bacteria in the gut with reputed health benefits, says a study from the Nestle Research Center. Consuming three cups of instant coffee a day for three weeks resulted in increased populations of Bifidobacterium spp., according to findings published in this month’s issue of the International Journal of Food Microbiology. More

Food Safety

Juice Additive Criticism Stirs Label Concerns
from NutraIngredients-USA
As the addition of herbal products and antioxidants in products like juices comes under the scrutiny of consumer groups, one supplement association says some drinks may require detailed labeling to offset potential safety concerns. Mark Blumenthal, executive director for the American Botanical Council, said that in addition to U.S. regulations on permissible additive levels in foods, some herbal goods offering stimulant benefits like caffeine should carry consumer warnings. More

Technology

Checkout Alert System for Recalled Foods Sought
from The Los Angeles Times
With more food recalls happening weekly, consumer advocates, supermarket chains and legislators are exploring better ways to stop the sale of tainted food, and one plan under discussion by lawmakers in Sacramento, Calf., involves using supermarket checkout scanners to help. Programming supermarket computers to trigger an alert every time a recalled product is scanned at the checkout counter could be an easy way to better protect shoppers from buying and eating tainted foods, consumer groups say. More


Corporate Social Responsibility

The Cost and Carbon Savings of Solar Installation for Food Firms
from NutraIngredients-USA
Food and supplement manufacturing firms in the U.S. are set to benefit more than ever before by installing solar panel energy systems at their facilities, as the benefits of tax cuts and grant programs start to take effect. Under two separate moves by the U.S. government, companies investing in solar energy are able to claim back 30 percent of the cost of material and installation. In addition, solar panel systems or solar water heating would allow firms to improve their green profile – which has become increasingly important in the face of growing public scrutiny of companies’ environmental credentials. More


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Small Business

Ways to Control Expenses in the Food Service Industry
By Jerry McVety, McVety & Associates and NAMA Knowledge Source Partner
There is no doubt that these are challenging times for all of us in the food service business and for almost all businesses in general. And as I write this article about ways to control expenses, I hope as you review this list, you also make a list of how to increase revenue. My philosophy is that you can reduce/control expenses and put yourself out of business, but if you work to generate more revenue and control (or even reduce) expenses, then you have the best of both worlds and will enjoy a longer business life. More


NAMA News

Recruiting Assistance Through the NAMA Career Center

NAMA & CareerBuilder.com have partnered to power the NAMA Career Center and offer members with recruiting assistance at a great discount! NAMA members are entitled to receive a 35% discount on job postings and resume database access by entering their member login information at www.vending.org. An exclusive discount code will appear on the Career Center page, start saving today! For more information, click here.


Quality Coffee Certification Program at CAMA

The popular Quality Coffee Certification Program will make its Canadian debut at the CAMA Expo on May 8, 2009! The program is sponsored by Reunion Island Coffee. For further details, please click here to contact Roger Stewart, NAMA Director of Coffee Service or register online at www.vending-cama.com.


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