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FTC issues final Business Opportunity Rule
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The Federal Trade Commission released its final amended Business Opportunity Rule, which will go into effect on March 1, 2012. The new disclosure regulation aims to lighten the federal compliance burden for business opportunity sellers and help their prospective buyers assess the risks. Biz ops such as vending machines, rack display routes and assemble-at-home crafts are covered, but not franchises. More

Coffee, Tea & Water

The next DIY frontier: Roasting coffee beans at home
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A new generation of home coffee roasters already is energized by taking raw beans and transforming them into fodder for their Mazzer grinders and Clever drippers. As the DIY movement that has propelled kitchen crafts such as pickling meets "third wave" coffee (or the vanguard of the specialty coffee industry), roasting beans at home is the next frontier. More

Finally, a coffee faucet
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Modern living has made life easier in a number of significant ways, with plumbing and electricity topping the list. As a society we've become accustomed to things working with a press of a button or turn of a handle, but that doesn't mean basic necessities cannot be improved upon. Coffee — a well-known necessity of life — may be plentiful and readily available, but many would consider that to be just a start. Improving upon the accessibility of coffee is the Scanomat TopBrewer. More

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Tea market thrives despite tough economy
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The U.S. market for tea sold at retail will reach $6.5 billion in 2011, up 5.2 percent over the last year, according to "Tea and Ready-to-Drink Tea in the U.S.," a recent report from market research firm Packaged Facts. Although supermarkets remain the top venue for leaf tea and ready-to-drink tea, tea sales have also been strong in alternative outlets such as convenience stores and natural food supermarkets. At natural food stores, the canned and bottle tea classification is posting double-digit growth. More

Business / Industry

Forbes honors HUMAN Healthy Vending as 1 of 'America's Most Promising Companies'
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HUMAN Healthy Vending, a vending company that distributes high-tech and eco-friendly vending machines that vend nutritious foods while educating consumers on nutrition at the point of sale, announced that it made Forbes' prestigious list of "America's Most Promising Companies." HUMAN ranked 37th on the list, which features 100 privately held emerging companies with compelling business models, strong management teams, notable customers, strategic partners and precious investment capital. More

Vending machines now take Google Wallet payments
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Consumers with Android smartphones will soon be able to pay for their snacks with a smartphone, as well as send real-time complaints about their Snickers stuck in a spiral. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Is coffee's future carbon-neutral?
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Some Costa Rican coffee will have a special place at this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, and not just for stimulating the minds of world leaders. Coopedota, a coffee cooperative based in Santa María de Dota, in the coffee-producing Los Santos region south of San José, will be presented at the conference as an example of green innovation in the face of a changing climate. More


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