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NAMA announced that Steve Munisteri, Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison for the White House, will be the featured keynote Tuesday, July 24 at the Fairmont Georgetown as part of the association’s Fly-In.  
Trade association, European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has addressed the UK House of Commons asking for “clear distinctions” to be made between sports drinks and energy drinks.
VendASEAN 2018, organized by Asia-Pacific Vending Machine Association, China Guangdong Grandeur International Exhibition Group and Thailand Impact Exhibition Management, announced their first industry vending trade show.
NAMA announced that Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks, will kick off the Coffee, Tea and Water Show 2018 (CTW) as the opening session keynote speaker, on Monday, November 12 in New Orleans.
NAMA announced enhanced networking opportunities and education for Fly-In 2018.
Venditalia 2018 ended with an increase in vendors, attendees and more international presences.
NAMA’s announced that registration for the Coffee, Tea and Water Show (CTW) is now open: The show will be held November 12 to the 14th of November 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.
Starbucks Corporation announced a set of “strategic priorities,” such as increasing their digital presence to accelerate growth and create long-term shareholder value.
To mark World Oceans Day, DuPont Nutrition & Health (N&H) announced a unique new seaweed program that will guide seaweed farmers and harvesters toward the adoption of more sustainable practices.
This year's 25th Anniversary Canadian Grand Prix Awards Gala awarded shelf-stable snacks and beverages which featured an exotic twist; more snacks were grain free or organic that previous years’ winners.
Two Canadian snack companies won international 2018 SIAL Innovation Awards for its all-natural snacks. The SIAL Innovation contest rewards innovators in food and non-food related products, such as packaging and containers.
Left Field Foods won the Grand Prix New Product Award for Spokes, its better-for-you, air-puffed potato snacks.
Pepsico Foods Canada issued a recall for Ruffles “regular” brand potato chips, citing possible milk ingredients that were not declared on the label.   
NAMA (National Automatic Merchandising Association) had formed a coalition with Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA); American Beverage Association (ABA); National Confectioners Association (NCA); and SNAC International to submit a request to Scott Gottlieb, FDA’s Commissioner of Food and Drugs requesting enforcement discretion on Front of Pack labelling for vending machine snacks until the ruling is made.
Organized by Messe Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf India and the Indian Institute of Packaging, online registration for the interpack alliance trade fairs, Pacprocess India, Food Pex India and Indiapack 2018, is now open.The events will be held at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in Mumbai from October 24 – 26, 2018, concurrently with drink technology India, organized by Messe München. Traditionally held in Mumbai, the trade fair quartet had its successful debut last year in New Delhi and now alternates annually between New Delhi and Mumbai.The four trade fairs cover the entire range of food, beverage, baked goods, confectionery and pharmaceuticals, cosmetics as well as non-food and industrial goods. At the 2017 staging in New Delhi, 212 exhibitors occupied around 119,000 square feet of exhibition space and attracted around 10,000 visitors.  Germany and Italy will have a strong presence at the trade fairs. Renowned companies such as SMC, Multivac and Bizerba, Cama, Ronchi, Clevertech and Makro Labelling have already signed up. The four events are also attracting companies from the Far East and exhibitors in 2018 will include the Chinese market leader Hangzhou Youngsun Intelligent Equipment Co. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at Pacprocess India, Food Pex India or Indiapack 2018, you can register online at http://www.pacprocess-india.com.The interpack alliance comprises events of Messe Düsseldorf that form part of the Processing & Packaging portfolio. Exhibitors and visitors will recognize these trade fairs by the new “interpack alliance” brand which has been modelled after the interpack brand - an international event in the packaging industry and related process industries.The interpack alliance also includes the trade fairs Upakovka (Moscow), Swop (Shanghai World of Packaging), pacprocess India/indiapack and food pex India (Mumbai, New Delhi), pacprocess Tehran (Tehran), components (Düsseldorf), food processing & packaging exposyum Kenya (Nairobi), indopack (Jakarta) and process expo (Chicago). The interpack alliance targets the segments food, beverage, confectionery, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, non-food consumer goods as well as capital goods on important growth markets – with focal themes differing by event. The trade fairs in China, India, Iran and Russia are exclusively supported by the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association, UCIMA.

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