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Senate passes bill to boost food safety
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The Senate passed legislation recently to make food safer in the wake of deadly E. coli and salmonella outbreaks, potentially giving the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food. The $1.4 billion bill, which would also place stricter standards on imported foods, passed the Senate 73-25. Supporters say passage is critical after widespread outbreaks in peanuts, eggs and produce. 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 several recent Legislative Alerts. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at nmonroe@vending.org. 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


'Tis the season for peppermint coffee
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In the retailing precincts of Big Coffee, seasonal flavors like peppermint and pumpkin swirl together every winter into a blizzard of high-calorie, lily-gilding espresso drinks — and it works like a charm. Starbucks officially rolled out its so-called holiday beverage platform on Nov. 16, with great expectations. Such drinks, which cost more than double the price of a regular "tall" cup of joe, accounted for 10 percent of all hot beverages sold during last year's holiday season. More

Fiji Water could cease production in Fiji
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Fiji Water, a favorite drink of celebrities from Barack Obama down, may cease production in the South Pacific island nation amid a bitter row with the ruling military junta. The Los Angeles based company announced the immediate shutdown of its only bottling plant, on the main island of Viti Levu, with the loss of 400 jobs after Commodore Frank Bainimarama, Fiji's self-appointed interim prime minister, slapped a punitive new tax on its operations. More



Business / Industry


Is your status quo killing your business?
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The more things change, the more they stay the same — especially in business. And that's the problem, according to global business consultant, Rebel Brown. "As much as we all acknowledge how the world has changed over the last two decades, businesses and corporations tend to continue doing things the same way they've always done them," said Brown, a consultant who has worked with companies as diverse as Silicon Graphics, NeXT and Verity, as well as startups in the U.S. and abroad. Brown, author of Defy Gravity, believes that the key to evolving and prospering is to not only challenge some of our most basic business assumptions, but, in some cases, to reject them outright. More

Stretchable paper could revolutionize thermoformed packaging
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A new stretchable paper may signal the beginning of the end for thermoform plastic trays, Billerud told FoodProductionDaily.com at the recent Emballage show in Paris. The Sweden based company said the unique flexible and forming properties of its revolutionary FibreForm could quite literally change the shape of packaging across the food industry. More

Corporate Social Responsibility


'Water footprinting' to deal with demand for supplies
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A water-use report issued in September by Coca-Cola with the Nature Conservancy found that 518 liters of freshwater are required to produce just one liter of its Minute Maid orange juice, and 35 liters are needed to produce a half liter of Coca-Cola. A growing awareness of just how much water it takes to produce everyday consumer goods is inspiring a rising interest in 'water footprinting' — akin to carbon footprinting — as a tool to analyze and guide the development of new technologies, water infrastructure investment and policies aimed at coping with the world’s rising water demand. More

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