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June 24, 2009
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Soda Tax Mulled as Senators Seek Health Overhaul Money
from USA TODAY
Would you like some taxes with that drink? The Senate Finance Committee, looking for ways to pay for health reforms, has been considering the possibility of attaching a federal excise tax for the first time to soda and other drinks sweetened with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners. More    E-mail article

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Government Affairs

Industry Largely Positive About House Food Safety Bill
from The Packer
Though industry associations have not endorsed the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, leading produce industry lobbyists said the House Energy and Commerce Committee listened to their concerns and made changes to the legislation before passing it out of committee. More    E-mail article

U.S. Mayors Call for Bottled Water Study
from Water Tech Online
The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), which held its annual meeting June 12-16, has commissioned a one-year study into the costs of water bottling to American cities, according to a press release from non-profit consumer advocacy group Corporate Accountability International. More    E-mail article


   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.


Coffee

Organic Coffee: Good for the Environment and Farmers Alike
from Herald Times Reporter
Bird-friendly. Fair trade. Organic. Shade grown. Rainforest Alliance. What lovely phrases. Who wouldn't want to be a part of something, as a retailer or consumer, that markets itself as bird-friendly or fair trade? More    E-mail article


Business/Industry

91 Percent of U.S. Consumers Will Stick with Private Labels Post-Recession
from Media Buyer Planner
A new study on consumer shopping habits provides further evidence that private label brands are becoming increasingly popular, and their popularity will remain even after the economy turns around. More    E-mail article

New Figures Reveal Dairy Industry is at Crisis Point
from Farmers Guardian
Milk processors and retailers should ‘wake-up’ to the prospect of disappearing supplies in light of startling new evidence underlining the crisis of confidence among milk producers. More    E-mail article

Corporate Social Responsibility

Green Your Packaging
from ABC News
Plastic packaging accounts for the majority of all waste the United States produces, but there are environmentally friendly alternatives to petroleum-based plastics that are biodegradable. More    E-mail article

Can Bar Codes for Food Lead to Safer Practices?
from GreenBiz.com
It's not just the outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella or the popularity of the "locavore" movement among Oakland-grown food activists that has spawned the creation of more detailed information about the journey from the farm to the dinner table. More    E-mail article


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