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Small business picks up, preceding federal government's easy money
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Small businesses are bouncing back as access to lending eases and consumers ramp up purchases. This would be welcome news for policy makers struggling to spur the world's largest economy and bring down unemployment stalled near a 26-year high, because small companies account for 60 percent of job creation, according to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke. The Russell 2000 Index, which tracks the small-cap segment of U.S. equity markets, has risen 19.5 percent since Aug. 31, compared with a 14.3 percent gain in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. The outperformance signals investors' rising confidence in smaller companies and those that cater to the sector. More

Government Affairs


NAMA 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 a list of recent Legislative Alerts. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at nmonroe@vending.org. More



Vending industry opposed to calorie disclosure regulations
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left The vending machine industry doesn't like the new rules being put into place by the Federal Drug Administration. It involves all of those high calorie treats people buy in break rooms at work and even in schools. The FDA wants consumers to know what they're purchasing and how many calories they're about to consume. The new requirements, signed into law in March, go into effect in 2011. It was all part of the Health Reform legislation. More

NAMA Member Update!

"Holding the Line" on dues for 2011.

There will be no increase in NAMA Membership dues for 2011. This is the second consecutive year that operator members have benefited from no increase in their base membership dues. Just as you continue to do all you can at your own company, NAMA is also committed to reducing expenses and finding new ways to increase efficiency in order to “Hold the Line” on membership dues.

Remember, if you have any questions regarding your membership, just call toll free 1-888-337-8363!



Coffee & Water


One-third of workers need this to get through the workday
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Kate Lorenz wrote in The Work Buzz, "As a rule, I hate alarm clocks. But there's no alarm clock I hate more than the one that goes off on a Monday morning. This morning was no exception and hitting the snooze button was not an option; I had an 8 a.m. breakfast meeting with my boss. These are the times I'm most thankful for a hot, steamy cup of the coffee." More



Business / Industry


Ways to improve your company's customer service
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Here's another reason businesses should improve their customer service: Customers are willing to spend more with companies that do. That commonsense nugget is also supported by recent surveys by American Express of 12,000 consumers around the globe. More than 60 percent of U.S.respondents ranked great customer service as important, but only one-third believe they're getting it. Alice Bredin, author and small business adviser to AmericanExpress OPEN says that small companies are missing out on the opportunity to deliver service that could differentiate them from larger competitors. She spoke recently to Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein. More

Compostable crisp bags look and sound conventional, claims Innovia
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Metallised cellulose-based material has been customised to allow a North American snack food manufacturer bring out a range of crisps with packaging that is compostable in six weeks, according to Innovia Films. The sustainable packs from U.S. producer, Boulder Canyon Natural Foods, are being sold in U.S. retail outlets and Innovia said it worked in conjunction with Canadian packaging converter group Genpak to ensure its NatureFlex NKM could be utilized with this type of food product. Steve Sklar, senior vice president of marketing for Boulder Canyon, said the new bags for its All Natural Kettle Cooked Potato Chips line allows the snack maker to set a positive example for the industry as well as "educating consumers on key issues and enabling them to play a role in improving the environment by diverting waste away from landfills." Zena Bergmann, a spokesperson for Innovia, told FoodProductionDaily.com that this is the first time the NKM material has been incorporated into crisp packaging. More

Corporate Social Responsibility


Energy management and green manufacturing in the food and beverage industry
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When people need energy, they often grab a snack. But have you ever thought about how snack foods could actually save energy? In Sustainable Snacks, Lee Patrick Sullivan looks at building practices and manufacturing practices that could change not only the food industry, but industry in general. Lee Patrick visits the world's first LEED Platinum certified snack food factory in Ohio, one that uses the sun for most lighting and an infrared oven to heat its corn chip cooking water. He talks to Energy Secretary Steven Chu at the plant's opening. More

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