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July 1, 2009
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Food Industry Is Hungry For Profits
from Forbes
Companies fight to lure bargain-hunters with the best deals, but the strategy doesn't always do the trick. More    E-mail article

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Government Affairs

Why Are There More Food Recalls?
from Parade
In April, the federal government advised citizens not to eat raw alfalfa sprouts, while earlier in the year we were warned against pistachios and peanut butter. If it seems like these public-health alerts are being issued more frequently, they are. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there were 214 food recalls in 2006, 247 in 2007, and 310 in 2008. More    E-mail article

Pop Goes Your Money
from Warren Tribune Chronicle
A push for new taxes on soda, beer and wine to help pay for Americans' health care is stirring up more than just the beverage industry. The Senate Finance Committee is considering raising taxes on alcohol and imposing a new levy on soda and other naturally sweetened drinks to help pay for overhauling health care. 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

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Is Coffee Bad for You? Actually, Drinking Coffee May Be Good for You
from U.S. News & World Report
It's believed to improve mood, alertness, and energy. But is coffee bad for you? Despite past concerns about coffee, tea, and other sources of caffeine being detrimental to health, recent research suggests that regular coffee consumption may reduce the risk of health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and liver cancer—and regular coffee drinkers might even live longer. "For most people [who] choose to drink coffee, the benefits probably outweigh the risks," says Donald Hensrud, chair of the division of preventive medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. More    E-mail article


2009 SEVA Convention
The 2009 SEVA Convention will take place August 5-7 at Sandestin Resort in Destin, FL. Where else can you be challenged and inspired by world-class speakers, network with friends and business partners and also spend time relaxing on the beach with your families? Don’t miss out on the premier vending event in the Southeast! Click here to register and view full convention details. More    E-mail article

Corporate Social Responsibility

Debunk Five Eco-packaging Myths
from Converting Magazine
In these days of environmental focus, nothing seems to arouse the passions like food and medical packaging. Unfortunately, much of the "bad news" that circulates on the topic is based on myth and hearsay. Maybe some of the following thoughts will help to correct some of the commonly quoted inaccuracies for your packaging-material customers and their consumers. More    E-mail article

Eight Tips for Getting Your Sustainability Project Off the Ground
In Part I of this series, Deborah Fleischer focused on the business value of going green. This piece focuses on in-the-trenches advice for new sustainability directors at companies just getting started on implementing a sustainability strategy. More    E-mail article


NAMA National Expo

Information now available on! Details regarding the 2009 National Expo at Navy Pier, September 23-25 are now available on See our “newly negotiated” hotel room rates, trade show schedule, events and education. Book your rooms and register for badges today!

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