A proposed rule may except coffee from “cancer warning labels” in California, on the basis of the scientific evidence in support of coffee and health.
From the Newsroom
via Law Fuel
Today, California’s Second Appellate District Court stayed the trial that was set to begin on Monday, October 15, 2018, in Los Angeles Superior Court, regarding whether cancer warnings are required for sales of coffee in California.
Compelled speech, like censored speech, can violate the Constitution, according to legal experts.
By William “Bill” Murray, CAE, NCA President & CEO via LinkedIn
“Forcing [coffee companies] to include a cancer warning on a product that does not cause cancer plainly violates the 1st Amendment.”
So states legendary First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams (Pentagon Papers, Citizen United), in today’s Los Angeles Times Op-Ed.
The following post is the first in a three-part series that looks at how the coffee industry can become more circular and direct across the supply chain.
By Dr. Terry Tudor and Dr. Nicholas Head, SusConnect Ltd
The global coffee industry is growing. However, it is important that there are measures taken to ensure that this growth is circular and that small farmers and producers benefit along the way.
The data geeks over at Square and the SCA recently released some interesting statistics about how and when Americans are getting their caffeine fix.
From the iced coffee vs. cold-brew debate to the new alt milk, here’s a breakdown of what Americans are ordering at their local coffee shops each day:
Waiting an hour or two could optimize the benefits of caffeine
Behind the Health Headlines: Caffeine
Ghosts, gremlins, the G train in Brooklyn: October is a season for all things grim and ghoulish.
For many of us, few terrors can compare to the theoretical horror of a morning without coffee. 82% of coffee drinkers have coffee at breakfast in the US, according to the NCA National Coffee Drinking Trends report.
Yet in light of the latest research, nutrition and dietary experts are suggesting that having your first cup of caffeine cup a little later in the day offers maximum benefits.
Mardi Gras World at the NCA 2018 Convention
The following Q&A is from the NCA Next Generation Group, a National Coffee Association initiative to engage and support young professionals and emerging leaders across the coffee industry.
Shelby Westfeldt Mills
President, Coffee/Tea Trader
Westfeldt Brothers, Inc.
NCA Next Gen Council
Interviewed by Janet Colley Morse
How and when did you get involved with the coffee industry?
It was right after Katrina in 2005 and I was living in New York City interviewing for jobs in advertising. My dad had to relocate Westfeldt Brothers to North Carolina, and asked if I would work on the New York Board of Trade (now the ICE) as a clerk and assist WBI.
I put everything on hold and started immediately. I fell in love with it!
If you ask how I ended up at Westfeldt Brothers, that was probably because my mom made my dad give me a job.
What interested you in joining the NCA Next Gen group and then becoming part of the council?
Drawing on over 60 years of industry research, a new series of NCA Market Snapshots take a closer look at the factors shaping the US coffee market in 2018 – and beyond.
Here are 10 stats from the latest NCA research on coffee industry trends:
New! NCA Workshop for Coffee Professionals:
The Business & Safety of Cold Brew | Nov. 6 | Sponsored by: Toddy, LLC
What is cold brew coffee?
“At its core, cold brew is a brewing method, not a serving method,” explains Mark Corey, Ph.D., NCA Director of Scientific & Government Affairs.
Dr. Corey led a team of specialized experts to develop the NCA Cold Brew Toolkit, now available to the entire coffee industry. (Read more background about the report and related food safety considerations.)
The Toolkit offers science-based technical guidance and recommended best practices – visit the NCA website for more details.
While working on the report, we received a lot of questions – from consumers and companies alike – about the beverage market’s hottest trend.
Here are some expert-approved answers to common questions about what “cold brew coffee” really means:
Understanding the trends and food preferences of the Post-Millennials
via Food for Thought, by Stellar
By Scott Mark, VP Operations, Stellar
We’ve been talking about Millennials for years, and rightfully so: They are an influential subset of the population (those born between 1981 and 1996) who have significant buying power today.
However, in addition to considering the factors of today, the most successful food and beverage companies look ahead to prepare for the customers of tomorrow.
Enter: Generation Z.
“Call it a victory for science — or maybe just for common sense.” – The Seattle Times
It was a good news week for coffee science in California.
Earlier this month, OEHHA (the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment agency) proposed a plan that would exempt coffee from Prop 65 required “cancer warning labels” in California after the most recent ruling in the ongoing legislation.
The statement was met with resounding support from scientists and coffee lovers alike.
“OEHHA’s Rulemaking is supported by both the full weight of scientific evidence and law,” wrote William “Bill” Murray, NCA President and CEO, in comments filed Aug. 30. The letter commended the decision and laid out the strong case for coffee in a scientific summary signed by Dr. Mark Corey, NCA’s Director of Scientific & Government Affairs, and Dr. Alan Leviton, Consultant to the NCA Scientific Advisory Group.
Simply put, the research speaks for itself: coffee does not cause cancer.
Then this week, in a groundbreaking announcement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to Sacramento which emphatically set forth their support for this rule.