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Mid-year SMB report card: 76 percent of small business owners remain optimistic about their company's growth in 2012
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While economists may be arguing about double-dip recessions and the negative effects of unstable foreign governments, small business owners in the U.S. remain positive about their own economic prospects in 2012. A recent survey conducted by j2 Global, Inc., reports that 76 percent of respondents are optimistic about their company's growth for the remainder of 2012. Less than 7 percent say they are not optimistic, while 17 percent say they feel unsure until after the November election. More


Coffee consumption inversely associated with risk of most common form of skin cancer
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Increasing the number of cups of caffeinated coffee you drink could lower your risk of developing the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, according to a study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. More

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Colombia's top coffee region to recover gradually
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Colombia, the world's second-largest supplier of Arabica coffee, will take as many as four years to recover production in one of its top growing provinces, the chief of the region's farmers said. Harvests will recover "gradually" from above-average rainfall and disease that has damaged crops since 2009 in the central province of Antioquia. More

Starbucks CEO extends 'Indivisible' campaign from coffee to social media
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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz likes his coffee black and his politics nonpartisan. Last year, in a move to break gridlock in Washington, he launched a campaign urging CEOs to boycott political donations. Now he's leading "Indivisible," an initiative focused on job creation. Starbucks launched the "Indivisible" collection — a coffee blend, branded tumblers and mugs — in its stores in mid-June and makes a donation to the Create Jobs for USA fund every time an "Indivisible" item is purchased. Now the campaign is extending to social media in a special Fourth of July initiative. More

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Coca-Cola's power-free vending machines keep stuff cool for hours
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As part of the "Apollo" ultra-energy-saving vending machine development project, Coca-Cola partnered with Fuji Electric Retail Systems to develop the "A011" peak-shift vending machine that can keep products cool without using power for up to 16 hours per day. The vending machines shift their use of power for cooling away from peak daytime to nighttime hours when power capacity is high. More

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Corporate Social Responsibility

New research reveals wealthy consumer habits toward social responsibility
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The Luxury Institute has published a new report mapping out consumer behavior by those with higher incomes, starting from $150,000 per year. Called Corporate Social Responsibility: The Wealthy Consumer's Viewpoint, the report reveals that Americans with higher spending power value socially responsible corporate behavior, rate companies and publicize the importance of socially responsible practices when taking purchasing decisions. More




CHICAGO - JULY 2 - The National Automatic Merchandising Association announced that the Positioning for Growth Campaign National Steering Committee convened recently for an organizational planning meeting.

Twelve industry leaders — including representation from the operator, supplier, coffee roaster, distributor and service provider member verticals — met to discuss a strategic plan for engaging NAMA's broader membership in the PFG campaign.

"We've had tremendous support to date by our leaders, including NAMA board members," said Jim Terry, Chairman of the PFG National Steering Committee. "Our challenge is to ensure that this initiative — planning for our industry's growth — is as broad-based as possible."

To date, PFG has secured more than $1.7 million in commitments from NAMA member companies. This money is earmarked to support both new and existing programs in the areas of Advocacy, Research, and Thought Leadership.

For more information on Positioning for Growth visit

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