Bottled Water Industry Boom Over?
from Water Talk
Several news outlets are reporting the possibility of the end of the bottled water boom as Nestlé SA, the United States’ largest seller of bottled water, reported that profits in its bottled water sector for the first half of the year dropped 2.9 percent. Reporters for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal both recently covered the subject.
The SBA Puts the Best Face On Small-Business Contracting
from The New York Times
The Small Business Administration took a victory lap in the press release that accompanied its annual scorecard rating the government on awarding contracts to small firms. In fiscal year 2008, which ended last Sept. 30, “small businesses won a record $93.3 billion in federal prime contracts,” the agency said, “an increase of almost $10 billion from 2007.”
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Efforts to be Made to Revive Jamaican Coffee Industry
from Jamaica Observer
Jamaica's Coffee Industry Board (CIB) is pushing to revive the sector and return it to profitability, providing technical assistance to farmers to boost production and productivity.
Leading Domestic Coffee Exporters Band Together
from Nhan Dan
The Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association’s newly created club of leading coffee exporters is expected to promote the development of the country’s coffee industry.
Vending Machines Take Finger Scans Instead of Cash
from Singularity Hub
The day has arrived where all the money in the world is at your finger tips. Or rather, all the money in your credit card is in your finger veins. Biometric scanners are popping up everywhere, and now Hitachi has debuted the first vending machine that will accept a finger scan instead of cash or coins.
Industry Battles Proposals to Tax Sugary Sodas
from The San Francisco Chronicle
As Congress debated health care legislation last month, the Washington media market was saturated by an advertising campaign featuring a slim adult couple on a budget holiday, sipping small cans of soda and objecting to "taxes on simple pleasures."
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Food Industry Vulnerable to Carbon Pricing
Unlike other industries, most of the carbon emissions in food production occur in the supply chain rather than as a direct result of the manufacturing process. This, according to a new report, creates risk of higher prices from cap-and-trade carbon pricing.
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NAMA National Expo, September 23-25
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Take Note: Vending Times is Moving!
Vending Times is relocating its publishing offices from Manhattan to Long Island. Beginning on Aug. 24, the new address will be 55 Maple Ave., Ste. 102, Rockville Centre, NY 11570. The new phone number will be (516) 442-1850.