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March 25, 2009
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Sugar Is Back on Food Labels, This Time as a Selling Point
from The New York Times
Sugar, the nutritional pariah that dentists and dietitians have long reviled, is enjoying a second act, dressed up as a natural, healthful ingredient. From the tomato sauce on a Pizza Hut pie called “The Natural,” to the just-released soda Pepsi Natural, some of the biggest players in the American food business have started, in the last few months, replacing high-fructose corn syrup with old-fashioned sugar. More

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Government Affairs

Gov. Pat Quinn's Proposed Sales Tax Bottled Up in Fees, Coffee, Sweet Tea, Could Leave Sour Taste
from Chicago Tribune
Buried deep within the massive budget proposal Gov. Pat Quinn presented last week to lawmakers was a caffeinated jolt to the bottled tea and Frappuccino crowd. Quinn wants to apply the state's sales tax on soft drinks to the coffee and sweetened tea products in grocery stores, adding a quarter for the state treasury for every $5 six-pack of sweet green tea. More


Americans Making More Coffee at Home: Poll
from Reuters
Daily coffee consumption in the United States was steady this year compared to 2008, while the number of people making their coffee at home rose, the National Coffee Association of U.S.A. said on Saturday. Data from the 2009 National Coffee Drinking Trends survey, which polled more than 3,000 adults in the United States by telephone in January and February, was released at the NCA's annual convention in Boca Raton, Florida. More

Coffee Farmers Struggle to Get Pre-harvest Credit
from Reuters
Many coffee farmers are struggling to receive necessary loans ahead of harvest as developing nations feel the global credit crunch, and the industry needs to address this issue, a Starbucks representative said on Friday. The inability of many farmers to get loans has the potential to negatively impact yields and force them to sell their coffee at low prices, said Colman Cuff, managing director of Starbucks Coffee Trading Company based in Switzerland. More

   Product Showcase: Follett Ice and Water Dispensers

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Small Business

Tips for Small Business Owners: Ease Tax Bite by Tracking Expenses
Hispanic Business
Owners of small businesses can regard the approaching April 15 tax deadline with regret or equanimity, depending on how well they've kept track of expenses through the year. "It's one of the most important things you can do as a small-business owner," said Christopher Miller, a spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service. More

BBB Tips: Small Business Administration Gets Funding to Help Economy
On Feb. 17, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- an economic stimulus plan totaling $787 billion in federal spending and tax cuts. The main goal of the stimulus package is to spur job creation -- the Congressional Budget Office estimates that employment could increase by as much as 3.6 million jobs by 2010 -- with the concept being that more jobs will provide additional assistance to struggling consumers and businesses. More


Share Your Diversity Initiatives through NAMA’s Diversity Survey

NAMA and its Diversity Awareness Committee need member feedback on diversity strategies, processes and programs implemented at your organization to develop and implement value-added programs and resources for our industry. Please assist us by participating in a 15-question Diversity Survey today! Click here to participate. Your feedback will be handled in a confidential manner.

Making Money in a Tough Economy

Anyone involved in providing coffee service should be attending the powerful 2nd Annual NAMA Coffee Service Education Summit being held June 15-17 in Cherry Hill, NJ. Unlike virtually every other market segment dealing with a difficult economy, the coffee service industry is poised to deliver skyrocketing sales and profits. Don’t miss out on the necessary tools to help operators thrive in one area of the economy where growth is still projected. Click here for details and to register.

Quality Coffee Certification at NAMA Spring Expo

Today many coffee savvy consumers are looking and asking for better coffee in the work environment. Competition for premium coffee and that consumer driving to the office each morning is heating up. Take the opportunity to taste the different blends and single origin coffees from growing regions around the world. Attend the next QCCP session, April 15, at the NAMA Spring Expo in Las Vegas. Click here to register before March 31 and save with the Early Bird Special!

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