New debit card fees may be followed by credit card fees
You may remember that recently, the retail industry won out over the banking industry over a bitter topic: swipe fees. It was an issue that got so contentious that the government actually stepped in: The Federal Reserve passed a rule stating that debit card swipe fees would be limited. It's no great surprise that the banking industry's attitude towards this was to pass the cost on to the consumer: Bank of America, for example, instituted a $5 a month debit card fee, causing widespread consumer outrage. And now the retail industry is targeting credit cards. More
Smucker to buy some Sara Lee coffee assets
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The J.M. Smucker Co. announced its intent to acquire the North American food service coffee and hot beverage business of Sara Lee Corp. The transaction is for $350 million at closing plus $50 million over the next 10 years, and is expected to close at the beginning of calendar-year 2012. More
Starbucks adds lighter 'blonde' roast to lineup
Starbucks Corp is going "Blonde," expanding its coffee lineup with its lightest roast to date in a move aimed at wooing more customers and capturing a bigger share of the U.S. coffee market. The world's biggest coffee company is known for its dark roasts, which have prompted some critics to say the chain's coffee tastes burned. The new, lighter roast is milder in body and acidity than Starbucks' traditional coffees. Executives said customers had been asking for a lighter roast and they expect Blonde to appeal to a broad audience. More
Quiz: How much do you know about green tea?
Health professionals have been talking up the advantages of drinking green tea for years because of all those wonderful, protective antioxidants, but do we know how much tea to drink, why we should drink it and when to get the healthiest results? Let's see how much you know about green tea. More
New Age Beverage debuts flavored water in cans
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New Age Beverage has introduced Just Pure Water, a noncarbonated, all-natural flavored water packaged in 24-fl.oz. cans. The unsweetened, zero-calorie purified water is infused with the natural essences of three popular flavors: lemon-lime, orange or berry.The eco-friendly cans contain an average of 68 percent post-consumer content and are 100 percent recyclable. More
Study aims to help consumers make healthier vending machine choices
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A study will begin at Utah Valley University in Orem to determine what impact clearer nutritional and health information on vending machine items has on buyers' food choices. Food items in five vending machines around campus will be marked with red, yellow or green stickers for about three weeks. Green items are the healthiest selections, lower in fat and calories. Yellow items have moderate fat and saturated fat, while red items are the highest in fat and calories. It's a research project of students and faculty in the Public and Community Health Department, who will collect information through November and release final data this spring. More
Coca-Cola serves students with unexpected freebies at Louisiana State University
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Laughing, cheering and excited phone calls of "You've got to see this!" surrounded a newly delivered Coca-Cola vending machine across from McDonald's on the first floor of the Student Union at Louisiana State University on Oct. 24. Students who lined up to purchase a Coke product were rewarded with a complimentary surprise. After a dollar was inserted into the machine, a black-gloved hand would reach out of the vending area and offer prizes ranging from oversized sunglasses to a whole pineapple as part of Coca-Cola's "Open Happiness" campaign. More
Boston College's list of the top 50 most socially responsible companies.
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To help corporate citizenship, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, practitioners delve deeper into understanding how they are performing with the general public in the social areas of reputation — the Reputation Institute in conjunction with the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship developed the corporate social responsibility index. The CSRI is the combined average of the general public's perceptions along the three key dimensions — citizenship, governance and workplace. This combined score yields greater insight into the influence of stakeholder programs, policies and activities on reputation. More
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!