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Soda taxes fizzle in wake of industry lobbying
The Washington Post    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Washington state passed a tax on soda and other sugary beverages in April, it seemed like momentum was building nationally for a new kind of tax. Washington's law, which imposes a tax of two cents for every 12 ounces of soda, came on the heels of similar actions in Maine and Colorado. Politically, the soda tax seemed to pack a perfect one-two punch. It raised revenue in a year when states like Washington were facing enormous budget deficits. And it offered a response to the growing problem of obesity, especially among children. Now, the beverage industry has momentum flowing in the opposite direction. Its lobbyists quashed every other state effort to pass a soda tax this year, including bills in Mississippi, New Mexico and New York state. More

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NAMA's Government Affairs team focuses on federal and state legislative news that impacts your company's growth and profitability. Required reading for all members! Click Here for the most recent Legislative Alert. More

Coffee & Water

Going with the flow
Honolulu Star-Advertiser    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hawaii's producers of deep-sea drinking water are searching for new outlets for the product as once-soaring demand from Japan is showing signs of leveling off. Both bottlers and bulk sellers of the nutrient-rich water say consumers in other Asian countries as well as on the mainland represent a promising market for the product touted for its healthful qualities and purity. And one local company is even looking beyond deep-sea water as a beverage, marketing it as a commodity for use in cosmetics and aquaculture. Hawaii's bottled water exports were barely a blip on anyone's radar screen before 2003, consisting mostly of small shipments of locally produced spring water. More

What caffeine actually does to your brain
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For all of its wild popularity, caffeine is one seriously misunderstood substance. It's not a simple upper, and it works differently on different people with different tolerances. But you can make it work better for you. While there's a whole lot one can read on caffeine, most of it falls in the realm of highly specific medical research, or often conflicting anecdotal evidence. Luckily, one intrepid reader and writer has actually done that reading, and weighed that evidence, and put together a highly readable treatise on the subject. More

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Business / Industry

Ready, set grow: Four ways to reduce small business expenses
Phoenix Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ray Silverstein wrote in Phoenix Business Journal "Last month, we launched a discussion of survival strategies that entrepreneurs can use to shore up their businesses. We talked about the importance of knowing your financials and understanding your expenses. This month, we continue by focusing on ways to reduce major expenses to improve the health of your business." More

Vending machines dispense liquid fun in Pennsylvania
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Thirsty Pennsylvanians looking for a Chardonney or Merlot can now find it next to the same vending machines dispensing soda and Fritos. For a limited time, the state is rolling out wine-dispensing vending machines in grocery stores. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Georgia Pacific in Green Bay, Wisconsin to do a "latte" recycling for Starbucks
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Georgia Pacific in Green Bay, Wisc., just sealed a business deal with Starbucks for a pilot recycling project. It's a project the paper maker says it's eager to start. This fall, Starbucks products will be coming through the recycling facility on 7th Street in Green Bay. "We have a lot of history and legacy with recycling," Georgia Pacific public affairs manager Mary Joe Malach said, "and this will be one more wonderful project that we can be part of." Basically, the business deal involves used paper and plastic cups, cup sleeves, lids, and other recyclable products from designated Starbucks stores in the Chicago area. More


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