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Vending machines become 'smarter,' more touchable
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Like the difference between rotary phones and today's smartphones, the vending machines that currently offer snacks and drinks will seem like dinosaurs compared to the models about to enter offices, malls and other public spaces. To help warm consumers up to the changes, a so-called "Gratitude Tour" sponsored by the National Automatic Merchandising Association is taking a bunch of state-of-the-art vending machines around the country for the public to give them a try. The machines were recent on display in South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan, N.Y. More

Coffee, Tea & Water

Survey: Two-thirds of Americans perk up with coffee
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Two-thirds of Americans drink coffee, and many gulp down their first cup within an hour of awakening, according to a recently released survey. On average, the 65 percent of Americans who drink coffee each consume an average of 13 cups of coffee per week, and three out of five agreed with the statement "I need a cup of coffee to start my day." More

Report sees shift in consumer adoption of single-serve
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NCA has published a new, original market research study, "The Single Serve Format: Changing Perspectives Growing Opportunities." Part of the NCA National Coffee Drinking Trends series, the report is a deep dive into consumer attitudes and behaviors on the single-cup format. Soliciting data last collected in 2007, the report uncovers significant inroads in consumer acceptance and adoption of single-cup brewing systems. More

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Artichoke tea marketed as ideal after-dinner drink
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Herbal tea specialist Natur Boutique has launched artichoke tea in the U.K. and is marketing it at restaurants as the ideal after-dinner drink. Following studies and trials, artichoke extract was found to be able to relieve the symptoms of dyspepsia, the scientific term for indigestion or upset stomach, which led the company to believe it could appeal to diners looking for an alternative to coffee after a meal. More

IBWA statement on new research that shows choosing water helps reduce risk of type 2 diabetes
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The International Bottled Water Association issued the following statement in response to findings related to healthful hydration: "The findings, presented during the conference's Healthy Hydration Symposium, show that proper hydration, such as choosing water, can reduce weight gain and contribute to risk reduction of type 2 diabetes. This research reinforces the important role of drinking water, including bottled water, as part of a healthy lifestyle." 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.

Business / Industry

Savvy packaging scheme sees US high schoolers pick carrots over cookies
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At the beginning of September 2010, pupils at Mason High School in Cincinnati found something unusual in their canteen. Alongside the traditional vending machines that had been supplying them with chocolates, crisps and fizzy drinks for most of their formative years, was another machine — painted bright orange — selling nothing but carrots. Exactly the same size and shape as a conventional snack machine, the fresh produce on its shelves was packaged in small, opaque, crinkly bags similar to the sort of bags crisps come in. There were a number of different designs — one featured a weird orange alien creature on a green background, another had a black carrot-shaped object traveling through space — but inside all of the bags was the same thing: about three ounces of washed and peeled baby carrots, selling for 50 cents a bag. More

Popping pills — out of a machine
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Automated vending machines that dispense prescription drugs are popping up in healthcare facilities across the country, and MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island this year became the first hospital in Illinois to embrace the new technology. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility in an uncertain economy
Microfinance Monitor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Newly released findings about U.S. consumers from the Global Monitor study of The Futures Company show that the weak U.S. economy has made corporate social responsibility a higher priority among consumers. These findings definitively rebut the feeling among many that financial worries would push things like CSR to the bottom of the priority list for consumers. More


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  • Contact person: Roger Stewart,NCE5, CCS
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    Celebrate America's love for vending!

    NAMA has launched Vend.Love.Win  — a Facebook contest that invites fans to post creative photos or videos of their favorite vending machines or vended products for a chance to win prizes! Click here to join in the fun!


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