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Fed says banks ease standards on business, consumer loans
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. banks are relaxing their terms on credit cards and lending for autos and commercial real estate, according to a Federal Reserve survey. "Domestic banks, on balance, continued to report having eased their lending standards across most loan types over the past three months," the Fed said in its quarterly survey of senior loan officers. More



Congress goes on break with several small business matters unsettled
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Congress recently left behind a stack of unfinished business, including several pieces of legislation that could significantly impact entrepreneurs and small businesses. Here's a look at the measures waiting for lawmakers when they return in September. More

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Study: Coffee can reduce shakes caused by Parkinson's
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Two cups of coffee a day can help relieve the movement-related symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease, a new research has claimed. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal found that patients given caffeine supplements averaged a five-point improvement in symptoms compared to those given a placebo. More

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Brazil's coffee output seen making up for Vietnam decline
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A 13 percent increase in coffee output in Brazil, the world's largest producer, will compensate for weaker crops in Vietnam and Colombia, Citigroup Inc. said. Farmers in Brazil may harvest 56 million bags in the 2012-13 season under way there, the bank said in a recent report. Production in Vietnam may drop 10 percent in the season that starts in October, according to a Bloomberg survey. The crop in Colombia will be unchanged at 7.5 million bags next season, still below the 2007-08 level of 12.5 million bags, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed. More



Coffee prices dripping down for everyone but consumers
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Call it declining fuel costs of a sort. Just a year ago, the news was buzzing about the costs of a cup of coffee, amid sharp rises in costs for the caffeinated commodity. Prices have dropped considerably since then. According to the International Coffee Organization, the average monthly price for a pound of coffee fell by 24 percent between July 2011 and July 2012. But customers waiting for a cheaper latte shouldn't hold their breath. More


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Solar vending stands provide power to Ethiopia's remote villages
The Observers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The concept of a solar-powered vending stand was dreamed up by Solarkiosk GmbH, a Berlin-based company. But the inaugural stands are not in Germany, but in Ethiopia — where Solarkioosk recently launched its pilot program. According to the company's website, the solar vending stand is aimed at the kind of places where "people sometimes have to travel for days to charge their mobile phones." More

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Pebble Beach, Calif., acquires Sprout Healthy vending machines thanks to operator
Virtual-Strategy Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sprout Healthy Vending, a national leader in taking the vending industry in a healthier direction at schools, offices, and communities, welcomes its newest operator, Christine Paim. Paim will be placing her machines in and around the surrounding areas of Pebble Beach, California where she resides with her three children and husband Phillip. More

Corporate Social Responsibility


First Fair Trade Certified coffee estate already improving lives
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In January Fazenda Nossa Senhora de Fatima, a 500-acre, 100 percent organic, family-owned coffee farm in Brazil, became the world's first Fair Trade Certified™ coffee estate. Historically Fair Trade certification in coffee has been reserved for cooperatives, while in other categories like tea, bananas and flowers, workers on larger farms have been able to participate in Fair Trade. FNSF is part of a pilot program, conducted by Fair Trade USA, which explores the feasibility of adapting existing Fair Trade standards and extending them to farm workers and independent small farmers in coffee. More


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NAMA News

NAMA Needs Your Input!
NAMA is constantly working to improve the value and relevance of membership in the association, especially when it comes to the products and services we offer. The week of Aug. 13, you will be receiving an online survey about NAMA membership. The survey is an opportunity to help shape the services and benefits NAMA provides its members. To show our appreciation for your time and consideration all participates will be eligible to win a $100 Visa Gift Card.

National Coffee Service Month
Attention Operator Members — September is National Coffee Service Month and NAMA has prepared a "Tool Kit" of sales and marketing ideas for you to implement with your customers. It will be mailed to you this week and it is also available in the "Members Only" section of the NAMA website.

Let's make September a great Coffee Service month by celebrating with your customers. "Joe on the Job" will help you drive new sales!

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Hyatt Regency Hotel Reservations

This video shows a brief glimpse of the damage Hurricane Katrina did to the New Orleans area and the Hyatt Regency. Then fast forward seven years and see the progress the city has made and what the Hyatt looks like today. This video was made in celebration of The Make It Right organization helping to rebuild the lower 9th ward. CT&W 2012 is an event you don't want to miss. The hotel and the staff are first class and look forward to welcoming you.


 
Keeping In Touch With NAMA
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