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Debit-fee cap has nasty side effect
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Just two months after one of the most controversial parts of the Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul law was enacted, some merchants and consumers are starting to pay the price. Many business owners who sell low-priced goods like coffee and candy bars now are paying higher rates — not lower — when their customers use debit cards for transactions that are less than roughly $10. More



Coffee, Tea & Water


Sara Lee adds more coffee before split
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Sara Lee earlier this year said it plans to split into two companies — one focused on meats in North America, the other geared to the international coffee and tea business. Sara Lee said it agreed to buy Dutch cafe store operator CoffeeCompany as part of its strategy to "create a pure-play coffee and tea company poised for strong growth." More



If you see red, just drink rooibos tea
Business Day    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Drinking rooibos tea has anti-anxiety and stress-relieving benefits, researchers at Stellenbosch University have found. Many who drink the tea have long claimed relaxing side-effects, but the evidence has been a anecdotal until now. A research team at the university's biochemistry department, led by Prof Amanda Swart, has identified compounds found in rooibos that interfere with the production of cortisol, the so-called stress hormone. More

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Street water Italian style
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The water cooler industry definitely benefits from a healthy dose of top Italian design. Now, thirsty members of the public in Italy can top up their water bottles from the new Proacqua City fountain, a collaborative project between manufacturers Proacqua and Blupura. More

Business / Industry


Soda startup aims to serve beverages you design from a vending machine
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VideoBrief Soda — yes, soda — is about to get a platform dedicated to user-created content. Indianapolis-based startup uFlavor is launching a website on Thursday that gives users a taste of beverage design. If all goes as planned, you’ll soon be able to mix your own soda at vending machines. More

New mobile vending proposal could create 'food pods' throughout Oakland
San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mobile food — embraced, nurtured and institutionalized by culinary capitals like San Francisco and Berkeley — remains a guerilla industry in Oakland. Severely regulated by city policy and generally vilified by brick and mortar restaurant owners, many Oakland street food entrepreneurs have abandoned their own streets altogether, in favor of peddling their fare in less strict cities nearby. More

Corporate Social Responsibility


Current do-good business climate breathes new life into corporate philanthropy
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Even though most executives want to do the right thing for their communities, and are justifiably proud of the philanthropic efforts of their businesses, they find their actions framed by the interests of their stakeholders. However, several important foundational developments have emerged and consolidated during the past 20 years that have begun to change the interface between corporate prosperity and community well-being. More

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