Keeping in Touch with NAMA
Jan. 8, 2009
The National Automatic Merchandising Association Introduces The New Keeping In Touch With NAMA

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The National Automatic Merchandising Association announced today it has partnered with MultiBriefs to create the Keeping In Touch With NAMA, a free, opt-in e-mail resource providing comprehensive weekly news briefings of the week’s top industry stories.

Each edition of Keeping In Touch With NAMA contains articles gathered from an expansive list of sources, including The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and leading industry publications. Beginning Wednesday, January 14, Keeping In Touch With NAMA will be delivered to the inboxes of NAMA members, keeping subscribers informed of topics and trends that impact the food and refreshment vending, coffee service and foodservice management industries .

In addition, Keeping In Touch With NAMA will deliver weekly highlights directly from NAMA.

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Keeping In Touch With NAMA is a great way to keep informed. The electronic publication can be easily read in your office, home, or via your mobile phone or PDA. Archived issues and an RSS feed will also be made available.

Want to see more? Here are some examples of the articles that might appear in NAMA's Keeping In Touch With NAMA.

Need-to-Know Pack Trends

The No. 1 development on packaging manufacturers' minds is going "green." Here we look at sustainability's impact on the packaging world, along with other notable trends. The two big trends affecting packagers today that are expected to continue in the future are sustainability and private labels. Here we look closely at the two developments, as well as other influences on packaging. More

Sweetened Beverage Consumption Increases Dramatically In U.S.

Over the past two decades, the number of adults consuming sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, fruit drinks and punches has increased dramatically, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers examined changes over the past two decades in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption based on nationally representative survey data, and found that sugar-sweetened beverages comprise a significant source of total daily beverage intake and are the largest source of beverage calories consumed daily. More

El Cerrito Man Helps Coffee Farmers Blossom

On a 1983 visit to the coffee-growing hills of Nicaragua, Paul Rice of El Cerrito cultivated what would later become the American fair trade movement. Founded in 1998 in a converted warehouse in downtown Oakland, TransFair USA began as a bare-bones operation with an unusual premise - put more money in the pockets of farmers in the developing world by persuading consumers thousands of miles away to pay a premium in the name of social justice. Modeled after organic produce and dolphin-safe tuna, Rice started the organization with the stark black and white label that told shoppers their coffee came from farmers who received a "fair price". Ten years later, Rice and his family spend every July in Nicaragua, visiting family and friends and working on fair trade issues. More

What About Caffeine After Exercise?

Almost any cyclist, pro or dedicated local racer is very familiar with the many performance benefits of caffeine. You may indulge in a caffeine laden early morning wake-up call for a pre-dawn training session, and now have a variety of sports bars, beans, gels, and other caffeinated aids available to offer up a training boost. With all the hundreds of studies on caffeine consumption before and during exercise and its positive performance effects, there has been no study on caffeine consumption after exercise- until now. Published this past May in the Journal of Applied Physiology, a group of researchers in Australia studied the effects of co-ingestion of caffeine and carbohydrate after hard training on muscle glycogen stores. The initial results were promising for caffeine fans. Let’s take a look. More

Public Wants Better Labeling Regulations from FDA, Says Survey

A new national food safety and labeling poll conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center reveals that many consumers have growing concerns about food safety. According to the study, they want the government to inspect the food supply more frequently and to publicly disclose where food safety problems arise. "The Consumer Reports poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly expect the government to do much more to protect the public from contaminated food," said Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Policy Analyst at Consumers Union. "Consumers want to know that the food they buy meets the standards they expect -- our poll shows that right now, that is not the case.” More

Impact of Food on Mood

Research has found that certain foods trigger particular brain chemicals which impact on our emotions for as long as two to three hours. Thus our diet can contribute to feeling positive or negative. Knowing what foods trigger which brain chemicals could help us to manage our feelings better. Certain brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters are linked to emotions. These neurotransmitters are dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin which are produced in the brain under the influence of elements found in different types of food. More

Coffee Consumption Lowers Risk of Oral, Pharyngeal and Esophageal Cancers

Japanese cohort study, following participants for more than 13 years, has concluded that coffee consumption can lower the risk of oral, pharynegeal and esophageal cancers, even in those people who are at high risk. The risk can be ameliorated by as little as one or two cups of coffee per day, even among those who smoke and/or drink. The reason appears to be that coffee has a “protective effect” on these cancers, and more importantly, the effect “remained strong” even when cancers caused by cigarettes or heavy drinking occurred among the study participants, the scientists wrote. More