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April 1, 2009
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Pistachio Growers Are Shell Shocked by FDA Warning
from Los Angeles Times
Supermarkets pulled pistachios and some pistachio-laden foods from their shelves Tuesday, moves resulting from this week's Food and Drug Administration warning to consumers not to eat the nuts because they could be tainted with salmonella. The FDA is scrambling to prevent a repeat of a recent salmonella outbreak from peanuts that has sickened more than 690 people in 46 states. And in Sacramento on Tuesday, a lawmaker introduced legislation to tighten safety standards for foods processed in California. More

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Government Affairs

Feingold Bill Would Alter Cheese Labeling
from Watertown Daily Times
A senator from Wisconsin is taking another swing at legislation to curb the use of milk protein concentrate in cheese, putting that issue in play in both the nation's capital and in Albany. Sen. Russell D. Feingold, D-Wis., proposed a bill to prevent the labeling of cheese as "natural" or "domestic" if its makers use MPC or other high-protein dairy additives. More

Root Cause of Milk Price Crash Studied
from Bangor Daily News
Maine dairy farmers are joining their colleagues across the country in rebutting claims that a glut of milk is causing the current milk price collapse. They are instead blaming a broken dairy pricing system and massive imports as the root causes. Milk prices crashed this year to nearly Depression-era levels, with Maine farmers getting less than $12 per hundredweight for milk that costs them more than $22 per hundredweight to produce. More

Coffee

Ethiopia: Weeding Out of Coffee Hoarders Continues
from All Africa
The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MoARD) hinted to a further action in suspending the licenses of coffee exporters and suppliers after it had made the move on six exporters last week. "Similar actions would be taken on exporters and suppliers who do not learn from this action and keep hoarding," MoARD warned last Thursday, March 26, 2009, in a meeting with more than 90 coffee exporters. The meeting was chaired by Tefera Derbew, minister of MoARD. More


   Product Showcase: Follett Ice and Water Dispensers

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Beverage Industry

Beverage Industry Sales Volume Drops 2 Percent in 2008
Forbes
Beverage sales overall fell 2 percent last year, the first decline since at least 1970, as cash-strapped Americans cut back on sodas, bottled water and energy drinks, a research firm said Monday. Soft drink sales volume tumbled furthest, about 3 percent, both the Beverage Marketing Corporation and the trade publication Beverage Digest reported Monday. But Beverage Digest noted that dollar sales of soft drinks rose 1 percent to $72.7 billion from the previous year as prices rose and consumers bought more premium-priced energy drinks. More


Corporate Social Responsibility

How To Save Your Business Money By Greening
The Business Insider
The knock on going green for a business is that it represents an added cost for something that is basically a public relations stunt. Essentially, saying your company uses solar power or purchases carbon offsets sounds nice to do-gooders, but isn't really all that good for the business. More


NAMA News

NAMA Now Has A You Tube Channel!

NAMA now has a way to share positive videos about our association and the industry as a whole. Click here for the new NAMA You Tube Channel. Here you will be able to view the NAMA Image video, the NAMA segment from Modern Marvels and the entire Food Network showing of “The Secret Life of…Vending” where NAMA is prominently featured. NAMA will continue to add to the site as our video library grows.


Las Vegas Means Business – An Open Letter from Vegas

Recently, a prominent financial firm cancelled a meeting in Las Vegas and moved it to another city because of the perception that Las Vegas is a “fun” trip or an unwarranted extravagance. However, serious business (including the NAMA Spring Expo) is done here every day! Las Vegas has been the Number 1 destination for meetings and conventions for many years now. Click here to find out why.




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