Bottlers fight push for federal water tax
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An effort in Congress to spend tens of billions of dollars to fix the nation's aging water systems is facing stiff opposition from soda and bottled water companies, which are major beneficiaries of publicly owned supplies but are fighting a proposal to tax them to pay for the upgrades. The chief sponsor of the legislation said the catastrophic Massachusetts Water Resources Authority rupture in Weston on May 1, which affected two million people in Greater Boston for three days, could reshape the debate in Washington by highlighting the urgent need to find new ways to pay for improved pipelines, pumping stations, and backup systems.
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McDonald's: McCafe line powers profit
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American sales for McDonald’s rose 3.8 percent in April as the company continued to profit from its McCafe line of affordable coffee drinks, breakfast choices on the Dollar menu, and the restaurant’s traditional offerings from chicken nuggets to fries. More
Why "natural" is one of the most meaningless words in food packaging
With the FDA now tackling the confusing landscape of health and nutrition claims on packaged food, one wildly popular claim they are likely to finally address is the catch-all adjective "natural." Use of this word has multiplied on food products in recent years as manufacturers seek to capitalize on the vague sense of healthy wholesomeness the word evokes. There's natural Cheetos, natural cookies and natural fake juice, to name a few. In fact, packaged foods labeled natural outsold those marked organic by a four to one margin in 2008. More
Small businesses get credit boost from new fund
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Despite signs of economic recovery, many small business owners continue to struggle to borrow money to sustain or grow their companies. This can have a big impact on local communities, which rely on small businesses to create much-needed jobs and provide critical services. With many traditional credit sources continuing to keep a tight rein on lending, many small business owners simply do not have access to conventional means of credit. The good news is that small business owners are increasingly able to access alternative and innovative sources of financing, including Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).
Seafood sellers staying watchful
The Indianapolis Star Share
Grocery stores, fish markets and restaurants are in uncharted waters. Merchants are watching for higher prices. Their customers want to be sure the shrimp in their cocktails didn't come from the portion of the Gulf of Mexico tainted by a massive oil spill. This week will tell the story, said Deb Hutchinson, owner of Zydeco's Cajun restaurant in Mooresville, Indiana. "I assume they will do a preemptive strike and raise prices. I am worried most about the oysters," Hutchinson wrote in an e-mail. "I am sure shrimp are going to crash. I've had a hard time finding what I want for awhile regardless of the spill."
A better pop machine? Kalamazoo, Mich., inventor creates device that saves energy in vending machines
As he puts it, Gary Szekely developed an app. Only it wasn’t for an iPhone, iPad or any other multimedia device—Szekely’s new technology instead applies to the unsung vending machine. The owner of Kalamazoo-based Advantage Vending has a patent pending on a device that attaches to a particular brand of refrigeration system and taps into its interface to maximize energy efficiency. More