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Apps now key to small-business savings
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Small businesses are using technology to help them operate more efficiently and cost-effectively in an increasingly competitive environment. Each week, USA Today looks at new ways companies are gaining an innovative edge in a tough economy. More



Why Americans still love small businesses
Fox Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's no breakup in sight for America's love affair with small business, a new national poll shows. But small business is more than a just a sentimental favorite or a carryover from simpler times; small- and medium-size businesses are seen as more important in keeping the middle class economically healthy than government, big business and unions. More

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Caribou Coffee inks on-site deal with Jewel grocery chain
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Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee has begun an on-site growth strategy in one of its core markets by partnering with Jewel-Osco, one of the largest grocery store chains in the Chicago area. More

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Coffee is the new wine. Here's how you taste it
NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The "know your farmer" concept may soon apply to the folks growing your coffee, too. Increasingly, specialty roasters are working directly with coffee growers around the world to produce coffees as varied in taste as wines. And how are roasters teaching their clientele to appreciate the subtle characteristics of brews? By bringing an age-old tasting ritual once limited to coffee insiders to the coffee-sipping masses. More



Do coconut beverages have health benefits?
The Baltimore Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Each week a nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center provides a guest post to The Baltimore Sun's health blog Picture of Health. Most recently, Amy Reed weighed in on coconut drinks. Coconut products, such as coconut water and coconut cream, are among the hot new items hitting grocery store shelves. Are these drinks beneficial for your health? More

Alpine® "Flowing with technology™"

Alpine®
is the industry leader in (POU) point of use water filtration solutions. Alpine® recently introduced their new high end Aurora POU cooler using digital technology, tri-temp, UV sanitization, filter monitoring, leak detection, etc. Microsoft® picks Aurora™ as best in the industry.


Corporate Social Responsibility


Beverage companies work to conserve water
The Associated Press via Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fifty miles outside the nation's fourth-largest city is a massive field of waist-high grass, buzzing bees and palm-size butterflies, just waiting to be ripped up by an entrepreneur. Rather than develop this pristine remnant of coastal prairie, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure it remains untouched. The project is part of the company's $1.1 million investment in the nonprofit Nature Conservancy, designed to benefit five Texas water — from which its bottling plants draw water. The money will go toward preservation work to restore and expand an ecosystem that once covered 6 million acres from southwestern Louisiana through Texas. More

Bottom Line Benefits of using GPS North America

Reduce operating expenses - including fuel costs, overtime pay, and insurance premiums, and enhance safety and reduce liability. Better measure, monitor, and manage fleet performance while increasing driver productivity and enhancing customer service.
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Starbucks to recycle coffee grounds, food waste into bioplastics
The Daily Meal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Starbucks is making new headway into tackling the 1.3 million tons of food waste that ends up in landfills. The newest solution? Turn its own coffee grounds and food waste into bioplastics. More

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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CoffeeTea&Water 2012!
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New Orleans is rich in coffee history, is the second largest port of entry for green coffee, and boasts some of the finest restaurants in the country.

CoffeeTea&Water is the single largest event dedicated to the coffee, tea and water service operator. Make your plans to attend, be a part of the experience and see firsthand the opportunities for growth and profitability.

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CoffeeTea&Water 2012
Nov. 13-15

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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