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April 15, 2009
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U.S. Experts Argue for Tax on Sweet Drinks
from Reuters
A penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks could help fight obesity by cutting consumption and raising billions of dollars to help state and local governments pay for programs, two experts said on Wednesday. Taxes have been shown to reduce smoking and are just as likely to help adults and children choose healthier drinks, which are now usually more expensive than sodas and other sweetened beverages, the experts wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine. More    E-mail article

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Government Affairs

Get "Junk" Food Out of U.S. Schools: PTA, Diet Group
from Reuters
Congress can fight the epidemic of childhood obesity by getting "junk" food out of school stores and snack machines, a parent-teacher group and the American Dietetic Association said on Tuesday. They backed an overhaul of federal rules so all food sold in schools must meet nutritional standards similar to school lunches. High-fat, high-sugar or high-calorie "competitive" foods now can be sold anytime outside of school cafeterias. More    E-mail article


Bill to Allow Cities and Counties Drop Sales Taxes on Food Clears Senate Committee
from The Huntsville Times
A Senate committee today approved a bill that would allow cities and counties to drop the local sales tax on food, should bills to eliminate the state tax on food fail this session. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, cleared the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on a 5-1 vote, and now goes to the full Senate. More    E-mail article


Coffee

Study: Coffee Kills Pain of Exercise
from MyFox DC
Coffee and exercise do go together. Another study shows that a cup of coffee before a workout is okay and has positive benefits. Caffeine can actually kill the pain of athletic exertion. More    E-mail article



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Food Safety

Some Emerald Pistachios Recalled
Stockton Record
Diamond Foods Inc. is recalling a small amount of its Emerald brand in-shell pistachio nuts, related to the expanded pistachio recall by Setton Farms of Terra Bella Inc. because of possible salmonella contamination. Setton Farms on Tuesday voluntary recalled all roasted shelled and in-shell pistachios from its 2008 crop. Some of those nuts were sold under various brands, including Delallo, Kirkland-Costco, Sam's Choice, Slater Bros., Trader Joe, Sunset Valley and Setton Farms. More    E-mail article



Corporate Social Responsibility

Compostable Food Packaging Proliferates
Environmental Leader
Eco-Products, a provider of biodegradable and compostable food packaging, joins a handful of companies that offer compostable food packaging products. Available in April, the company claims the first commercially available compostable hot cup lid in North America. The hot cup lid will fit stock sizes of hot paper cups: 10, 12, 16, 20 and 24 ounces. The lid is heat stable up to 220 degrees and is designed to breakdown within 90 to 120 days in a commercial compost facility. More    E-mail article



NAMA News

Energy Tax Incentives

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 extended many consumer tax incentives originally introduced or amended in previous laws. Businesses are eligible for some of these incentives, including incentives for buying or leasing new energy efficient vehicles. For example, businesses buying or leasing a new hybrid gas-electric car or truck are eligible for an income tax credit for vehicles “placed in service” starting January 1, 2006, and purchased on or before December 31, 2010. The amount of the credit depends on the fuel economy, the weight of the vehicle, and whether the tax credit has been or is being phased out. More information on these and other incentives can be found on the Department of Energy Web site:
http://www.energy.gov/taxbreaks.htm.


Second Annual NAMA Coffee Service Education Summit

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.




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