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To boost small business credit, think small (banks)
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In the years preceding the financial crisis, big banks controlled a growing share of the small business loan market, rising from just over 31 percent in 2005 to nearly 39 percent in 2009, according to Small Business Administration data. Over the last two years, that trend reversed, dropping to just under 38 percent in 2011. While it's too early to tell whether this is just a blip or a shift back to the way things used to be, the decline in market share is actually good news for small business owners. That's because their access to bank credit improves when the market isn't dominated by behemoths. More


Starbucks Refreshers: Energy drink line expanding with VIA, handcrafted varieties
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Starbucks' latest drink line, Starbucks Refreshers, hit the company's stores in the U.S. and Canada July 10 with locations worldwide to follow. The drink line offered in three formats: handcrafted (made by baristas), ready to drink and VIA. VIA is Starbucks' newest drink format, brought to market three years ago, and is best described as a microground product that dissolves when emptied into water. An instant drink on-the-go, if you will. More

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Dry weather to boost Colombia's 2013 coffee crop
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Colombia's coffee crop for the first half of 2013 is shaping up to be one of the best in years as drier weather and the possible return of the El Nino weather phenomenon may boost production, exporters and growers said. More

Industry: PET water bottles do not pose health risk
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Consumers are not in any danger of suffering from chemical exposure from using or reusing plastic polyethylene terephthalate water bottles, plastic representative body PlasticsSA executive director Anton Hanekom stresses. "Plastic is the ideal packaging material for today's modern society. It is lightweight, increases the shelf life of fresh produce, reduces waste and breakage and is recyclable, but consumers are continuously plagued with rumors about cancer risks associated with using this popular packaging material," he states. More

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Options abound in new vending machines
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Those boxes of metal and plastic that until recently provided only a cold sandwich and a soda — on a good day — have evolved to the point they can offer the best suggestions for a gluten-free snack and break a $20 bill in the process. No longer solely the realm of cheese snacks and 20-ounce bottles of sugar, today's vending machines operate more like supercenters than corner stores. Machines equipped for payments beyond cash, bill-recycling machines that can break a $20 and machines with smart touch-screen interfaces are becoming increasingly popular in the country's break rooms. And that's only what's new in payment options. More

Vending machine lowers drink price on hot days
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Spanish marketing agency Momentum has installed 18 vending machines that offer discounts when the temperature rises outside. The vending machines are filled with Coca-Cola's lemonade drink Limon&Nada. This creative method of pricing a product will last throughout the summer months. The machines are mostly located in water parks and other attractions in Spain. More

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CHICAGO - JULY 3, 2012 – NAMA today announced that Mark Dieffenbach, Director, Specialty Channels of The Hershey Company, begins his one-year term as Chairman of the Board.

According to Dieffenbach, "As incoming Chairman, I believe it's important for us to continue to focus on our Core strategic priorities: Advancing our Government Affairs agenda; enhancing the OneShow; increasing our focus for the Coffee, Tea and Water sector; and promoting our image through the Industry Growth Strategy. The Positioning for Growth campaign, under the leadership of Jim Terry, Marc Whitener and Howard Chapman, will create the opportunity for us to invest in research, advocacy and thought leadership, enabling NAMA to explode into the future."

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