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What to know about investing in your own business
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First-time entrepreneurs don't think of themselves as business investors, but they are. And, just like high powered venture capitalists, entrepreneurs can strike it rich if the value of their equity stake in a privately-held business grows to an eye-popping sum. Does it matter how you invest your savings in a startup business? Sure it does. Your decisions today will affect your company's financial statements as well as your future personal income tax obligations. Here are five things to know about self-funding your startup. More

Merchants not crazy about swipe fee deal
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That Visa, MasterCard and major banks agreed to a $7.2 billion settlement in a credit card processing fee dispute does not have your friendly neighborhood merchant jumping for joy. In the settlement, which requires a judge's approval, about 7 million merchants will get paid for damages stemming from the alleged conspiracy to fix the processing — or "swipe" — fees. They'll also get a reduction in the fees, but only for eight months. More


Starbucks plans fifth US coffee roasting factory by 2014
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Starbucks Corp., the world's largest coffee-shop operator, said it will open a new plant in Augusta, Ga., creating more than 140 manufacturing jobs. The factory will cost $172 million and open in early 2014, the company said in a recent statement. More

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Coca-Cola profit tops estimates after higher pricing
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Coca-Cola Co., the world's largest soft-drink maker, reported second-quarter profit that topped analysts' estimates, helped by pricing increases in North America late last year. Net income was little changed at $2.79 billion, or $1.21 a share, compared with $2.8 billion, or $1.20, a year earlier, Atlanta-based Coca-Cola said in a recent statement. Excluding some items, profit totaled $1.22 a share. Analysts projected $1.19, the average of 14 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. More

Taste for South Africa's rooibos tea attracts Starbucks
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Business is brisk these days for the 600 or so growers of rooibos, a caffeine-free herbal tea unique to South Africa's Western Cape province whose clients include Starbucks Corp. Production of the crop more than tripled to 14,000 metric tons the past decade as farmers expanded rooibos plantings to meet demand from companies including the world's largest coffee shop operator and Nestle SA, the biggest food company. More

El Nino indicators ease, still expected late 2012
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Climate indicators for an El Niño event in the western Pacific have eased slightly in the past fortnight, but meteorologists still expect the weather pattern which can bring drought to the Asia-Pacific and damage crops to form late in 2012. More

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Vending machine reveals depths to which people will sink for free snacks
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What would you do for Fantastic Delites? Actually, the phrase they're using is, "How far will you go for Fantastic Delites?" Same difference. The point is, would you mash a button 100 times for a free bag of Aussie rice snacks? How about 1,000? OK, 5,000? Clemenger BBDO created a vending machine to test how far humans would devolve into lab rats for the paltry reward of a single bag of crinkle-cut snacks—asking them to bow to the vending machine, do various physical exercises, and yes, generally look like fools in the name of free snacks. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Making innovation work
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Founded in 1913, the Rockefeller Foundation set for itself the not-insignificant task of promoting "the well-being of mankind throughout the world." That is has done, from the development of a Nobel-prize winning vaccine for yellow fever in the 1930s to the agriculture techniques pioneered that jump started the Green Revolution in the 1960s and beyond. In the last two years, the foundation has held innovation forums to "identify how innovation can be applied in new and interesting ways" to promote its mission. Dr. Judith Rodin, head of the powerful Rockefeller Foundation, talks about taking innovation out of labs and boardrooms and into the real world. More

Nestlé supports regeneration of Haiti's coffee industry
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Nestlé is supporting a multi-partner international development program to improve the livelihoods of more than 10,000 smallholder coffee farmers in Haiti. The aim is to help Haitian coffee growers use more sustainable methods to improve the quantity and quality of the crops they produce. 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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