NAMA President and CEO Carla Balakgie Speaks at Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council Annual Meeting
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council recently held its annual membership meeting in Atlantic City, N.J. The event, with a record turnout, brought NAMA and Tri-State members together with operators and industry suppliers for meetings, networking, industry updates and social events.
NAMA Senior Team Meets in Washington, D.C. with Senator Boozman and Congressman Mick Mulvaney to Discuss Industry Issues
A NAMA team including CEO Carla Balakgie, COO Dan Mathews, SVP Eric Dell and VP Roni Moore recently met with U.S. Senator John Boozman, R-Ark., and U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., to discuss current issues impacting vending and refreshment services.
NAMA Board Member Mark Stein and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Join Eric Dell for Capitol Hill Visits
Mark Stein, MarkVend co-owner and NAMA Board Member, along with representatives from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and NAMA's Senior Vice President Eric Dell, recently visited with members of the U.S. Congress and Congressional staff, as part of an aggressive, ongoing effort to build and enhance industry relationships on Capitol Hill.
Healthy Vending Choices Creating Headaches for Operators
The nationwide push to consume healthier foods is putting the squeeze on vending machines operators who say they are being forced to eat more of their costs. Part of the problem, say vendors, is price. The cost of a protein bar is two or three times the price of a candy bar. People just don’t want to pay that much more for healthy items.
House Rejects $500 billion Farm Bill
The U.S. House failed to pass a sweeping five-year farm bill with sharp cuts to food stamps, a surprising development that sets the stage for an uphill fight in Congress to craft a new law.
Baucus: Interest In Carbon Tax Increasing
The Daily Caller (6/14, Bastasch) reported Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mon., said that interest in a carbon tax is "creeping up." The Daily Caller reported, "The Senate Finance Committee takes up the issue next week, but Baucus is unsure if a carbon tax could gain real momentum." The "tax is a bad idea," said Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, adding that "manufacturing output could tumble 15 percent if a carbon tax were to be imposed." NAM says "a $20 per ton carbon tax rising at a constant rate of 4 percent per year would reduce emissions by only 30 percent by 2053, and reduce the GDP by $97 billion in 2023."
Truckers Push Obama to Delay Mandate for 70-Hour Driving Week
Industry Officials and House Republicans recently urged the Obama administration to pull back regulations that would limit the amount of time that truck drivers can spend behind the wheel. Beginning July 1, the new rules would slash the hours per week commercial drivers can spend on the road to 70 per week, while adding new requirements for rest periods.
Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and to repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means on June 19.
California: Los Angeles Bans Plastic Grocery Bags
Los Angeles recently became the largest city to ban plastic grocery bags, approving an ordinance that applies to food stores, mini marts and retailers with groceries, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Maryland: Baltimore City Styrofoam Ban Put On Hold
Baltimore's City Council backed off on a ban of Styrofoam products used by restaurants and carry-outs. Businesses say using different containers would cost four times as much as Styrofoam.
Nebraska: Push for Healthier Vending Machine
Battling obesity isn't easy. Color-coding what's good for you in vending machines is just one solution. Dr. Rauner says healthy vending machine owners could lose money in the short term while people adjust to the less sugary options.
New York: New York City Lawmakers Introduce Foam Foodservice Ban
Local Lawmakers announced a bill to ban the sale of polystyrene foam foodservice products, a decision that will negatively impact thousands of New York Businesses. Local restaurant owners joined business leaders at a press conference last week to express concern about the effect of a ban on their businesses and bottom line, and encourage the city to explore a recycling initiative.
New York: Food and Beverages Sold From Vending Machines
NY A 0075, which amends the Tax Law to exempt food and beverages sold from vending machines for one dollar and fifty cents or less from sales or use tax, passed the Senate on June 20, and has been returned to the Assembly.
New York: NYC Lawyers Argue for Large-Size Soda Ban In Appeals Court
Lawyers from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration appeared before an appellate court on June 11 to ask panel of judges to overturn a lower court ruling that shot down his proposed ban on large-size sugary drinks three months ago. It would restrict restaurants, movie theaters, delis, stadiums, concession stands and food carts from selling sugar-sweetened beverages in containers larger than 16 fl. oz.
Texas: Gov. Rick Perry Vetoes HB 217 — Relating to Types of Beverages That May be Sold to Students on Public School Campuses
"I support reasonable measures to sustainably improve the health and wellness of Texas students through nutrition. To that end, current Texas Public School Nutrition Policy already responsibly limits unnecessary, unhealthy access to high-sugar, high calorie beverages."