Keeping in Touch with NAMA
April 29, 2009

Lawmakers May Tap Vending Machines for Taxes
from NBC News - Denver
Colorado lawmakers are debating a plan to remove state sales tax credits currently given for food sold out of vending machines. The measure would generate $8.759 million in extra tax revenue to the state in its first year and $8.986 million in its second year. More

Legislature Weighing Trans-fat Ban
from Elmira Star-Gazette
Although New York lawmakers rejected the governor's plan to tax sugar sodas as a revenue-raiser and public-health measure, they are considering proposals from him and several legislators to ban trans fats, limit junk food in school and require calorie-labeling on restaurant menus. More

New Bottle Deposit Law Facing a Fight
from Schenectady Gazette
Anger by the beverage and grocery industries over New York’s expanded bottle deposit legislation is prompting state lawmakers to consider amending the law before it takes effect on June 1. The industries say the law will drive up product costs, cause job losses, limit beverage choices and be nearly impossible to put in place by June 1. More

Packaged Water Industry Shows Its Bottle
from Alibaba News Channel
Bottled water brands have united to fight back against recent public criticism with the launch of a new advertising campaign that promotes the health benefits of water and hydration. The recently formed Natural Hydration Council (NHC) has created press advertisements using the line "you ought to drink more water" to show the various physical and mental benefits consumers achieve when they are well hydrated. More

Nutrition Notes Food Safety Fears? Look in Your Fridge
from Kansas City infoZine
With all the recent news of foodborne illness from bacterial contamination of purchased foods, it’s easy to think of those as the primary source of our risk. But experts say that it is far more common to get a foodborne illness (food poisoning) from food that has become contaminated in our homes. More

California Sets First Low Carbon Fuel Standard in U.S.
from GreenBiz.com
The carbon content of transportation fuels sold in California must be reduced 10 percent by 2020 under rules set by state regulators that also call for counting emissions generated by the business of producing and delivering fuel of all types to consumers in the Golden State. More

Innovation Was Strong at the NAMA Spring Expo

NAMA members have shared with us that the Spring Expo was a great success with almost 3,000 attendees, innovating equipment and many new ideas. We welcomed 14 new exhibitors, all of whom shared with us that they had a great show and expect to return in the future. NAMA also continued green awareness by collecting 12,079 pounds of food to donate to a Las Vegas food bank and recycling 72.86% of ALL materials. In addition, the Expo generated an estimated $3-$6 million in electronic media coverage during the two days of the show, including live morning feeds on all local stations. Be sure to watch the CBS News Sunday Morning program on May 3 when Bill Geist features the technology of our industry in his special segment! More

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NAMA and FedEx are proud to announce a new member benefit! NAMA members are now eligible to receive valuable discounts of up to 26% on select FedEx shipping services. Restrictions may apply. Click here and enter passcode B8BV5J for more information or to enroll. More