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Nutrition improving in school vending machines
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Good news to every parent and students alike. The Senate passed the "Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act," a revamp of the 1966 Child Nutrition Act. If approved, federal child nutrition programs will be given an increase of $4.5 billion funding over 10 years. However, Slow Food USA, a movement linking its members the pleasure of food with a pledge to the community and the environment, passed an urgent warning about the said nutrition act. The new bill revision states that the budget for food stamp will be cut to be able to fund programs for healthier meals, regulation on school vending machines and for Farm to School projects, a clear case of paradox. More

Government Affairs

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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. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at More

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Coffee & Water

Starbucks adds new retail to the mix
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Starbucks Corp. announced it is planning to use its coffee shops as a testing ground to get more products into grocery stores, according to a growth plan Chief Executive Howard Schultz outlined in an internal memo and an interview. Schultz and his senior management team met to develop a "blueprint" for the company's growth in the next fiscal year. In a memo sent to executives on Tuesday, Schultz said he's aiming to leverage retail stores that feature Starbucks to build a stronger consumer packaged goods business. Finding new ways to grow is crucial for Starbucks, as the company has struggled in recent years after a strategy rapid of growth had run its course. When the recession hit and many consumers could no longer afford pricey coffee drinks, Starbucks retrenched, closing hundreds of stores, cutting costs and focusing on making its existing stores run more efficiently. More

New flavors brewing to order
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Forget flat white, short black and cappuccino. Bean aficionados are requesting specialty coffees from small-scale farmers — the Ipanema Special Reserve from Brazil or La Predrera from Honduras, for example — brewed to order. The espresso machine is hardly about to become obsolete, however these coffee connoisseurs prefer their brew from a simple pour-over filter, a scientific-looking syphon or a Clover, a large benchtop contraption. While the "new" brew methods are not especially novel, as filters and syphon mechanisms predate the introduction of the espresso machine in 1901. They allow the distinctive aromas and flavors of the coffee to come to the fore. More

Business / Industry

Coca-Cola searches the globe for the next billion-dollar brand
Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Deep inside Coca-Cola's headquarters on North Avenue, a row of shelves in a small conference room brim with brightly-colored drinks and packages from across the world. This is the epicenter of Coca-Cola's search for the next billion-dollar brand. Coca-Cola's Venturing and Emerging Brands team meets here every two weeks to track dozens of brands most people have never heard of. The core team of VEB, as it is called at Coca-Cola, consists of about 15 people from Coke and outside the beverage industry. Part investor group, part think tank and part entrepreneurial adviser, the team shares one mission: to never let Coca-Cola be surprised by trends. More

Foodservice managers!
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Join SFM for an evening of professional development and networking on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the PepsiCo Sustainability Center in Chicago. The program, So You Think You Can't Change Behavior Fast...Think Again will focus on driving a positive change in the behavior of your employees. Click here to sign up and learn from Tony DaDante, CEO of the Change Execution Group, and learn how to reduce turnover and increase employee engagement from the thought leader in the Global Business arena. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Farms, forks and feuds on the road to sustainable agriculture    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Food is precious and perishable. There are specialty crops that generate exorbitant profits and commodities with razor-thin margins. Farmers are squeezed on one side while subsidies lead to surplus on the other. One watershed lacks enough nitrogen for growth while another is choked with excess fertilizer draining into an estuary dead zone. Too much water brought floods in the Midwestern U.S. and sent corn prices soaring in June; not enough water meant Russia burned and wheat prices leapt by 50 percent in July. The New York Times covers obesity in Dallas and malnourishment in Djibouti with the same objective, detached tone. The average American spends less than a tenth of personal expenditure on food. The average Indonesian? Over half. Agriculture is extremely complicated. Adding sustainability to the mix makes it more so. More

Righteous coffee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
D.C. Innes blogged on, "I spent a week at Princeton Theological Seminary for a summer seminar on the role of Christian thinking on the American Revolution. It was an enriching experience in many ways, not the least of which was the coffee. Because PTS is an institution of the Presbyterian Church, a politically progressive and in some ways trendy denomination, all the coffee was guaranteed righteous. There was social justice in every cup. You see, Presbyterian coffee, of the mainline variety, is fair trade coffee, and so it feels especially good going down. But feelings aren’t everything. Victor Claar has written a helpful little book for the Acton Institute, Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution, that cuts through the self-congratulatory emotions concerning coffee-growing peasant poverty and lays out the economic sources and constraints of their situation." More


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