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April 8, 2009
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Is Stevia, The Sweetener With No Calories, for Real?
from South Coast Today
Sprite Green is the latest addition to the world of Coca-Cola products, and its name refers not just to the color of the can or the beverage. This diet soda is green in a deeper sense, deriving its sweetness not from artificial saccharin or aspartame, but from a natural, zero-calorie sugar substitute that many experts believe is primed to take supermarket shelves by storm. It's called stevia, and since the Food and Drug Administration gave it its official blessing in December, some in the beverage industry have been hailing it as the Holy Grail of sweeteners. More

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Government Affairs

Do You Know Where Your Meat Is From?
from Albany Democrat-Herald
Whether it’s with a computer-generated sticker on a plastic-wrapped package of T-bone steaks or a handwritten sign placed by a leg of lamb in the meat case of your neighborhood grocery store, mid-valley consumers now have the right to know where much of their food originates. Since March 16, retailers have been required under country of origin labeling rules to post information for all beef, lamb, pork, chicken, goats and other perishable agricultural commodities. The rule has been in effect for fish and shellfish for two years. Country of origin labeling — known as COOL — has been a hot topic since being introduced in the 2002 Farm Bill. More

FDA Hasn't Intensified Inspections At Peanut Facilities, Despite Illness
from The Washington Post
Despite four outbreaks of salmonella illness from peanut products in the past three years, the federal government has not changed the safety measures required of peanut companies or instructed its inspectors to test for the bacteria. In all, the outbreaks have killed nine people and sickened more than 1,400. More


Ethiopian State Plans Coffee Exports to Ease Currency Shortage
from Bloomberg
Ethiopia, Africa’s largest coffee producer, will start exporting beans itself after closing the warehouses of six of the country’s largest exporters, which it claims are stockpiling coffee and contributing to a shortage of foreign currency. A drop in export income, because of a poor coffee harvest, weak world prices and a ban on Ethiopian beans in Japan, is being exacerbated by stockpiling, Eleni Gabre-Madhin, chief executive officer of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, said on March 27. More

   Product Showcase: Follett Ice and Water Dispensers

Are customers using open bins to provide ice to their employees? Reduce contamination of ice with Follett’s ice and water dispensers. Follett’s hand-free dispensing reduces contamination while providing customer-preferred Chewblet® ice. Ice availability can also improve the sale of other beverages. Filtered water provides an 80% cost savings over bottled water and a “green” alternative to your customers. More

Chewblet is a registered trademark of Follett Corporation.

Small Business

BBB Warns Small Business Owners to Beware of Telephone Relay Fraud
CBS News – Asheville, SC
Better Business Bureau warns small business owners that reports of scammers plying their trade through telephone relay services — typically used by the hearing impaired to make phone calls — are cropping up all across the country. At a time when businesses literally can’t afford to fall victim to fraud, this scam is experiencing a comeback and small business owners should take precautions to avoid losing thousands of dollars. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Research Fuels Growth In Biofuels
The Chief Engineer
As politicians and environmentalists clamor for the development of new, alternative fuels, scientists and researchers across the country are working to develop and analyze new biofuels. Corn ethanol, the well-established biofuel, is a $6 billion industry for Minnesota, with 19 ethanol plants operating across the state. More


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.

We Are Your Partners in the Future of Vending

Together we must continue to be a strong voice in this difficult economic period to fight unfair taxation & coinage/currency legislation which affect everyone in our industry. In order to accomplish this we need your support. Please renew your NAMA membership so that our united voice can be heard loud and clear. Remember, we’re here to help in any way we can. Click here to renew on-line! Or call 1-888-337-8363.

NAMA Offers Online Forklift Training Course

If you have fork lift operators who need certification or recertification, NAMA has a new online program that meets OSHA requirements. The course is available to all interested parties for $150 but NAMA members can register for $50. Call Jo Bradshaw at 312-346-0370 or email for details on how to register.

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