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Dec. 9, 2009
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Retailers to Receive $1 Billion from Visa/MasterCard Lawsuit
from National Retail federation
More than half a million retailers should begin receiving checks totaling over $1 billion as the result of a federal judge’s approval of an early payout of funds remaining from the 2003 settlement of a lawsuit brought by NRF and others against Visa and MasterCard’s debit card practices. More     E-mail article

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Government Affairs

NAMA Government Affairs Website!
from NAMA
www.NAMAVoice.com is designed to help NAMA members learn about, track and communicate with elected officials on our critical legislative issues. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at nmonroe@vending.org. Valuable Feature: Click here for the most current Legislative Alert     E-mail article


Coffee

Strong Brew From a Coffee Bidding War
from The New York Times
The bidding war between Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters over Diedrich Coffee is a fine example of how deal-makers structure takeover transactions to meet their clients’ needs. Peet’s agreed to acquire Diedrich on Nov. 2 for $26 a share in cash and Peet’s stock. The competition between Peet’s and Green Mountain broke out on Nov. 23, when Diedrich’s disclosed that Green Mountain had made a counteroffer for the company. More    E-mail article

Nobel Winners Helped by Independence, Coffee
from NPR
Intellectual freedom, independent research and frequent coffee breaks with colleagues helped this year's Nobel Prize winners make their groundbreaking scientific discoveries. More    E-mail article


Business/Industry

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Food Companies Explain the Amount of Air in the Bag
from The New York Times
After a Consumer Reports reader, Jim Demers, opened a box of Mrs. Paul’s lightly breaded tilapia fillets to discover it only half-filled, he filleted the company. "Even after being processed, breaded and frozen, these fortunate fish continue to enjoy the feeling of the open ocean," Mr. Demers was quoted saying in an article, "Air to Spare," published in the magazine’s January issue. The article examined nine reader-suggested products that filled as little as half their packages, a practice that, even given accurately listed weights, strikes some as a deceptive marketing ploy. More    E-mail article

School Cafeterias Expand Vegetarian Options
from The Miami Herald
For Ashley Valentín, giving up meat was easy. The hard part: finding something to eat in the school cafeteria. "At first, there weren't that many options," said Ashley, 17, a senior at Miami Sunset High. ``There was always pizza. But eating pizza all the time is unhealthy.'' School cafeterias are taking note. More    E-mail article

Corporate Social Responsibility

Coca-Cola Co. Announces Plans to Make 10 Million Vending Machines Green Friendly
from American Banking News
The Coca-Cola Company has announced plans that it will turn all 10 million of its vending machines worldwide into hydoflourocarbon-free machines by 2015. More    E-mail article


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NAMA News

A Call for Nominations!

The 2010 NAMA Industry Awards will be presented during the NAMA OneShow on Thursday, April 29 at a special ceremony hosted by former NFL Coach Mike Ditka! This exciting event has a new location – right on the trade show floor on Center Stage at 4:30 pm so everyone attending the OneShow will have the opportunity to share in the celebration. Click here to submit an online nomination!


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