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NYC 16 ounce limit on sugary beverages does NOT apply to vending
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On Sept. 13, the New York City Board of Health passed the Bloomberg Administration's proposal to limit the size of sugary beverages sold in food service establishments to 16 ounces. A food service establishment is defined as "a place where food is provided for individual portion service directly to the consumer." In July, representatives from NAMA and the New York State Automatic Vending Association met with Andrew Goodman, Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and other key Department officials, and established an important working relationship. NAMA also joined the coalition "New Yorkers for Beverage Choices" made up of individuals, businesses, associations and community organizations who believe that New York City residents and visitors should have the right to buy beverages in any size they choose. The new regulation, which goes into effect on March 12, 2013 states that sugary beverages with more than 25 calories per eight ounces can only be sold in portions of 16 ounces or less. Exempt from the ban are alcoholic and dairy-based beverages. The regulation will apply to any food service establishment that is regulated by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums and arenas. For more information, please contact

Florida: South Florida mayors react to NYC soda restriction
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South Florida area mayors shared reaction to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's limit of 16 oz sugary beverages in New York City. Most responded that they have more serious issues to deal with than what citizens may eat or drink. Also included in their comments were beliefs that the intention might be good, but the rule is confusing and enforcement would be too difficult. It was generally felt that the initiative was symbolic, wondering what would be next — limiting how many fries someone may order? The more important issue is educating people in making responsible choices. For more information, contact Mary Lou Monaghan at

Florida: Low wage jobs lead economic recovery
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According to a study by Florida International University's Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy, low-wage jobs in the hospitality, retail and health care industries have been leading the economic recovery in the state. Higher-wage construction and government jobs have been in retreat, with construction hiring down about 50 percent, or 270,000 jobs, from previous peaks. Declining property-tax revenues have forced governments to cut their payrolls. For more information, contact Mary Lou Monaghan at

Kentucky: KAMC to promote ethical vending to HR reps
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The Kentucky Automatic Merchandising Council will be an exhibitor at the KYSHRM show Sept. 26–28 in Louisville, Ken. KAMC will explain to Human Resources representatives from the area that not all vendors are alike. Members of KAMC and NAMA must sign a pledge to conduct business in an ethical manner, which they feel is what each HR Department should be looking for in a vending/coffee service/foodservice provider for their company. For more information, contact Mary Lou Monaghan at

New York: RIT will no longer pay for bottled water
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The President of Rochester Institute of Technology, William Destler, recently sent an email declaring that departments and campus groups can no longer spend university money on bottled water. Bottled water will be phased out of on-campus stores and vending machines once the current vending contract expires. President Destler encourages the use of drinking water fountains around campus. For more information, please contact

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