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Take Action! Tell the FDA Your Thoughts on Calorie Disclosure in Vending Rules

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NAMA encourages all vending operators to send comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding their proposed federal rules for calorie disclosure in vending. In March 2010, Congress passed health care reform legislation. In this new law, those who own or operate 20 or more vending machines will have to disclose the calories of all food and beverages sold in vending machines. Now the FDA has proposed rules on how vending machine operators will have to label or post that calorie information, and they are inviting the public to comment on those draft rules.

To send the FDA your thoughts about their proposed rule you can click here. You can also use www.regulations.gov and search on Keyword or ID: FDA-2011-F-0171-0001. Then click on "submit comment."

NAMA is arguing to the FDA that a poster is an appropriate medium to convey the required calorie declarations, so long as the sign is in close proximity to the covered vending machine food or selection button. Your association also supports allowing electronic and "front of package" nutrition information as an effective way to provide visible nutrition information. For additional information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org



Feds Issue Rules for Food and Beverages on Government Properties
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The Health and Human Services Administration (HHS) and the General Services Administration (GSA) have issued regulations for foods sold on government properties managed by HHS and GSA. See the guidelines here.
It requires at least 25% "better for you" product mix, and it doesn't discuss caffeinated beverages. The Health and Sustainability Guidelines are applicable to all food service concession operations and vending machines managed by HHS and GSA. GSA will work with concessions operators to progressively implement these guidelines in federal facilities as contracts expire and as opportunities to enhance offerings emerge. Calorie disclosure in vending and menu labeling in restaurants will be required as contracts on government facilities expire. For additional information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.



OneShow Legislative Session Information Available
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During NAMA's recent OneShow, several presentations were delivered on legislative and governmental issues impacting vending, coffee and foodservice companies. The PowerPoint presentations are now available on NAMA's website http://www.namaoneshow.org/schedule-a-floorplan/schedule-of-events. Presentations on Americans with Disabilities Act, Calorie Disclosure in Vending, Small Business Administration loans, Tax Breaks, and Healthcare Reform are valuable tools for members. The presentations can be viewed by clicking on the specific session in the calendar of events from the OneShow website. For additional information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.



NAMA Submits Comments to DOE on Energy Compliance Testing
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The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) filed official comments to the U.S. Department of Energy in response to their request for comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking docket number EERE–2010–BT–CE–0014 RIN 1904-AC23. The DOE is proposing to amend the compliance reporting deadlines for energy compliance testing. Specifically, NAMA called for an 18-month extension for certification provisions for refrigerated beverage vending machines. The testing timeline as proposed was too short and too expensive for our original equipment manufacturers, and the additional testing isn't warranted. For additional information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.



California: CAVC Legislative Day Recap
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A total of 20 members of the California Automatic Vendors Council met with state lawmakers in Sacramento, California during its lobby day May 11. The main focus of the day was to educate lawmakers on the impact that certain pending bills would have on the vending and coffee service industry. CAVC members addressed a bill that would require that by 2016, 100% of all items in vending machines on state owned and leased property meet strict nutritional guidelines. They also discussed the impact that a tax on sugar sweetened beverages would have on the industry. Finally they asked the legislators to vote no on a bill that would allow local cities, counties and school districts to levy taxes at the local level. Included in the list of taxes that local authorities could impose would be a one cent per ounce tax on sugar sweetened beverages. With many of the vendors doing business in numerous cities and counties the impact of this type of tax would be dramatic. In addition to the meetings that were held CAVC assembled and delivered to every lawmaker a bag of snacks and included information about the Fit Pick program with a list of the items that were in the bag that meet these nutritional guidelines. For more information contact Sandy Larson at slarson@vending.org.


Florida: NAMA Victory! Florida Water Tax Increase Killed in State Senate
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Florida operators are celebrating a victory after a bill that would have added a 6% sales tax to bottled water died in the state Senate. In March, NAMA and AMAF, lobbied heavily in support of the industry and called on operators to voice their opposition to Senate Bill 78 to their elected officials. The proposed legislation would have imposed a 6% sales tax on bottled water in containers of less than one gallon. NAMA reported that Florida operators sent nearly 300 emails to their state senators and representatives, and credited their efforts with helping defeat the bill's passage. Their message to the legislators was that the bill would add a 7.5¢ tax on $1.25 bottle of water. Vending operators can't raise their prices in penny and half-cent increments so would not be able to pass the increase along to their customers, placing an unfair burden on their bottom lines. NAMA emphasized how important it was that NAMA and AMAF members worked together defeat the bottled water tax in Florida. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmongahan@vending.org.


Florida: AMAF to Hold Networking Event June 8
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Automatic Merchandising Association of Florida will hold a Networking Event on June 8 at Chili’s, 2903 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa 33607, from 3-7 PM. All operators are invited to meet the AMAF Board of Directors, learn about issues facing the vending industry, see new products available and learn about the benefits of membership in AMAF and NAMA. Suppliers who plan to attend and support this event are asked to contact Bill Baker, AMAF President, at 727-423-5008. Come celebrate our victory at defeating the bottled water tax in FL. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmongahan@vending.org.


Kentucky: Annual meeting June 24 - June 26 in Covington
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Mark your calendar for the Kentucky Automatic Merchandising Council, or KAMC, annual meeting June 24– 26, at the Holiday Inn in Covington. Please plan to join members of the vending industry for networking, education sessions, state and federal legislative updates and family fun. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org.


Louisiana: VMOL's Second Annual 'Day at the Capitol' - June 16
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Operators please join your fellow vendors to develop relationships with your representatives and have your collective voice be heard. Suppliers — support the industry! Contact Chuck McMath at cmcmath@louisianacanteen.com to find out what you can do to help. It is imperative, especially in this economic climate to put a face on the vending industry by meeting your elected officials. We will be outside the Senate Chambers from 8:00 AM -4:00 PM and we look forward to seeing you there. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmongahan@vending.org.


Maine: Bill Would Affect Vending Licensing and Inspection
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HB 875 would amend the laws regarding the municipal licensing and inspection of campgrounds, recreational camps, youth camps and eating establishments. It clarifies definitions for campgrounds, cottages, eating establishments, lodging places, vending machines, recreational camps and youth camps. The bill adds definitions for health inspectors, public pools, public spas and sporting camps. It repeals definitions for eating and lodging places, sanitarians and vending machine establishments. The bill has moved from the Joint Committee on Health and Human Services as is expected to pass as amended. For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Maryland: No Action Taken on Snack Tax Legislation
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The Maryland Legislative Session ended, and the budget passed, with no action taken on legislation that would have removed the current sales tax exemption for snacks. For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Maryland: MD-DC Vending Association annual meeting June 2 and 3
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Mark your calendar for the MD-DC Vending Association annual meeting June 2 and 3, at the Harbourtowne Resort in St. Michaels, Md. Please plan to join members of the vending industry for networking, education sessions, state and federal legislative updates, golf and more. For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


Missouri and Kansas: Mid-America Annual Meeting Dates Set for June 10-12
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The Mid-America Automatic Merchandising Association will hold its annual convention June 10-12 in Lake Ozark, Missouri. The business meeting will focus on how companies can protect themselves from the government's attack on their bottom line. Topics will include healthcare reform, calorie disclosure in vending, ADA reach regulations, tax increases and tax breaks. You won't want to miss this interactive session! The Missouri and Kansas lobbyists will also be present to give state legislative updates. In addition to the business meeting, the weekend will include a silent auction, pool party and networking receptions, plus spouse and children's programs. For additional registration information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.


New England - Conn., Mass., Maine, N.H., R.I., Vt. - Annual meeting June 11 and 12
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Please plan to attend the New England Annual meeting, hosted by the New Hampshire Vending Association, in Portsmouth, N.H., June 11 and 12. Enjoy a cruise on the harbor, a round of golf, or Market Square Day, followed by an evening with friends and colleagues on Saturday. Sunday morning's business meeting includes a discussion of state and national issues facing the vending industry. For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


New Hampshire: Governor Vetoed Right to Work Bill
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Gov. John Lynch vetoed HB 474, a so-called "right-to-work" bill which would have barred collective bargaining agreements that require non-members to pay partial dues to unions that represent their rights in the workplace. The bill's supporters say they will seek to override the veto. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware: Tri-State annual meeting June 16 and 17
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Mark your calendar for the Tri-State annual meeting June 16 and 17, at Caesars Atlantic City. Please plan to join members of the vending industry for networking, education sessions, state and federal legislative updates, golf and more. For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


New York: American Beverage Association Spends $12.9 million in NY
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According to New York State, the American Beverage Association spent $12.9 million in 2010 defeating Governor David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg supported legislation to impose an 18 percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The spending figures were disclosed in annual lobbying reports which groups must file with the New York State's Commission on Public Integrity. NAMA and the New York State Vending Association also opposed this tax, with a strong grassroots and coalition effort. For additional information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


New York: NY State Automatic Vending Association meeting June 8
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Please plan to join the New York State Automatic Vending Association for a fun and informative event in Binghamton on June 8. Talk with NYSAVA board members and NAMA staff, network with members, and learn what your state and national associations are doing for you. The day includes board of directors and membership meetings, a tour of the Kirkwood Frito-Lay Plant, and bbq dinner at the Binghamton Mets game that evening. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.


SEVA Convention Set For August 3-5, 2011
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The SEVA Convention is an annual event for operators and suppliers in the Southeast – come for education, networking, social events and of course, family fun! It will be held August 3-5, 2011 at Sandestin Resort in Destin, FL, a location on Florida’s Emerald Coast that offers something for everyone. Events during the three-day convention include a golf tournament, first-rate education sessions, beach parties, a luau and much more! Registration brochures will be sent out in mid-May. Interested in becoming a convention sponsor? Please visit www.vending.org/seva to view the sponsorship brochure and make your pledge online. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.


Wisconsin: Assembly Bill Would Eliminate Bargaining Rights for Public Safety Employees
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Representative Bob Ziegelbauer has proposed bill AB 127 to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public safety employees on heath care matters and pension contributions. Under this bill, the public employee would also be required to pay the first 5.8% of the employee share into the Wisconsin Retirement System. Local police and firefighters were exempted from the union restrictions that eliminated collective bargaining rights earlier this year. To prohibit a city from providing a pay increase to employees to offset increased pension or health insurance contributions, the bill requires that the total compensation for employees could not annually exceed more than 1% over the average cost of living increase for the prior three years. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at kradulski@vending.org.

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