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Taste Radio Ep. 83: How Saffron Road Excels At Meeting Millennial Mouths; Forto CEO Takes His Best (Coffee) Shot

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Powerful Raises $4M, Plans to Launch Water Smoothie

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Review: Genius Goes Back to Its Roots as a Coconut Smoothie

Announced back in August, Genius Coconut Smoothie is a throwback to the company’s original product offering.

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Press Clips: Paris Gets Sparkling Water Fountains; Rumors Link JAB to Dunkin

In this Press Clips roundup, a city-wide project to install public sparkling water fountains across Paris is underway, while elsewhere The Washington Post reports on Coke Zero Sugar’s impact on the diet soda market.

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Fewer than 30 Days Until BevNET Live in Santa Monica; Register Today

Don’t miss your chance to stay at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel! Registering now grants access to the discounted room block, which will soon sell out. Taking place on Dec. 4+5, the leading U.S. beverage industry conference will attract hundreds of industry professionals representing more than 150 beverage brands. The agenda will feature successful brand Founders/CEOs, highly-regarded consultants, expert investors, and more.

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People Moves: Exclusive Beverage Founder Joins Jones Soda

Steve Gress joins Jones Soda as executive vice president of U.S. sales; IZZE co-founder becomes advisor at Top Note Tonics; John Blackington enters hemp-infused market with role at Rocky Mountain High Brands; Former Coke, Juicero VP joins Koia

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Review: GT’s Kombucha Living in Gratitude Seasonal

Continuing with the theme of limited edition flavors that started with their 20th anniversary flavor, launched back in 2015, GT’s Kombucha has recently released a 2017 Fall seasonal flavor called “Living in Gratitude.”

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Dairy Farmers of America Acquires Cumberland Dairy

Dairy cooperative Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) announced last week that it had acquired New Jersey-based Cumberland Dairy, a family-owned producer of ultra-pasteurized food and beverage products, for an undisclosed sum.

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KonaRed Closes Capital Raise With Venice Brands

Hawaiian coffee company KonaRed has closed a “significant capital raise” from venture capital fund Venice Brands, which will be directed towards supporting sales, marketing and distribution of the brand’s range of coffee products.

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Plant-Based Brands Lobby Against Dairy Pride Act

Last week, representatives from dairy alternative producers including MALK, Good Karma Foods, New Barn and Oatly traveled to Washington to argue against the Dairy Pride Act.

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Quietly Building, Cascadia Capital Starts to Spread Its Bets

In order to distinguish themselves within the highly competitive food and beverage space, Seattle-based investment firm Cascadia Capital must identify the right opportunities — and get to them before their rivals do.

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Review: Poppilu Lemonades

Poppilu is a line of all natural lemonades that is attempting to position itself as an antioxidant lemonade that’s “bold on citrus, not on sugar.”

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Only 30 Days until the Beverage Industry’s Leading Conference, BevNET Live

In just one month over 500 beverage industry entrepreneurs and experts, including more than 150 beverage brands, will converge on the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. for BevNET Live Winter 2017. For two and a half days they will examine the current market, collaborate and identify the leading edge, and predict where the industry is headed.

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NACS 2017 Video: Protein2O s Bob Kral Wants to ‘Grow Categories’

Following a capital raise of $4 million, Protein2O is looking to grow the protein and enhanced water categories with a product that unites the best of both worlds.

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Taste Radio Ep. 82: Soylent Co-Founder John Coogan: “A Voracious Appetite for Data Served Us Very Well”

Episode 82 features an interview with Soylent co-founder John Coogan. We also speak with Olivia Ku, an influential food and lifestyle blogger and the creator of LoveHealthOK. And in this week’s edition of Elevator Talk, we chat it up with Shayne Malone, the founder and CEO of Zavu.

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Starbucks Announces TAZO Sale to Unilever

Starbucks Corporation today announced an agreement to sell the TAZO tea brand to Unilever for $384 million, a move that will allow the Seattle-based coffee giant to focus on supporting its other premium tea brand, Teavana.

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Review: Caskai Sparkling Cascara

Cascara beverages, which are made from the dried husk of the fruit that surrounds the coffee bean, are growing in number, although consumer adoption still seems very much at its infancy.



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Auckland restaurants to pay nearly $200,000 for employment breaches

2 November 2017

A Labour Inspectorate investigation has uncovered employment breaches in a series of connected Asian restaurants in Auckland, who now must pay nearly $200,000.

Chinese newspaper to pay more than $140,000 for employment breaches

2 November 2017

A prominent Chinese New Zealand newspaper must pay more than $140,000 for employment breaches following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

174-184 MHz – Land Mobile Radio technical consultation

30 October 2017

The Minister for Communications decided new uses for the former analogue television Band III (174-230 MHz) in April 2017, following a review of options for allocating the frequencies in this band.

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The Labour Inspectorate is calling for large brands and franchisors to take a stronger hand in ensuring those at the bottom of their supply chain receive what they’re owed.



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Critical Vulnerability Found in Diebold ATM Machine

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Seattle-based IOActive has issued a critical security advisory detailing a physical and authentication bypass in the Diebold Opteva ATM.

“IOActive has discovered two vulnerabilities in Opteva ATMs with the AFD platform that, when combined,” warns the advisory “may allow an unauthorized user to vend notes from the device.”

The combined use of the vulnerabilities is necessary because of ATMs’ practice of separating the safe from the operating system. Diebold’s Opteva line of ATMs with the AFD platform contain an upper cabinet for the operating system and a lower cabinet for the safe, each with its own authentication requirements.

Atm machine businessThe researchers first gained physical access to the internal computer by inserting a metal rod through a speaker hole in the ATM, lifting a metal locking bar and gaining access to the upper cabinet of the ATM containing the computer. With access to the computer, they were able to get a direct line to the AFD controller for the safe. But they still needed a second vulnerability to get to the money.

For this, IOActive reverse engineered the AFD’s protocol and firmware. From here, the team was able to complete the authentication protocol unencrypted and set up communications without properly authenticating. In short, the two vulnerabilities allowed the team to act as an unauthenticated user and gain access to the content of the safe.

Since the process does not require any device specific knowledge, IOActive concludes that “an attacker with access to one device could reverse engineer enough of the controller protocol to effectively bypass authentication and vend notes from any other device that uses an AFD as long as the vulnerability remains unpatched.”

The problem here, and one of the most disturbing aspects of the advisory, is that IOActive doesn’t know whether it has been patched. It first reported the issue to Diebold in February 2016; but it did not get a secure transit from Diebold to allow it to disclose the issue until January 2017.

In February 2017, one year after the first notification to Diebold, Diebold requested and received tracelogs from IOActive. IOActive tried to follow-up, and eventually was told, “[your]. system is very old (2008/2009 vintage) and is unpatched.” Its offer to retest current firmware was ignored, as were further attempts to follow-up with Diebold.

Finally, on July 26, 2017, more than 18 months after initially contacting the vendor, IOActive decided to go public. At this stage, it is unknown whether the devices have been patched, nor whether any newer versions of the firmware are still vulnerable.

The advisory from IOActive is available here.



2017 eurozone growth fastest in a decade

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EU carbon market reform deal falls short

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New EU gas rules could staunch Russian pipeline

Changes to the Gas Directive proposed Wednesday to ensure that all major gas pipelines entering EU territory comply with EU rules could prove an obstacle to the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 project.

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The government grants section has a wealth of articles and advice on how UK small businesses can get a grant from both the public and private sector, along with helpful guides on the different types of business grants and funding available to business owners starting and running a business.

A small business grants guide for 2017

Here, Peter Fleming takes a look at a range of options for funding your business through grants this year.

There are many European and UK-wide government business grant schemes; there are also local business funding schemes provided through Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) or through local authorities and organisations such as the Chambers of Commerce. However there were 512 registered schemes at the last count! So a good place to start your research is on the government website.

Business grants are available at a local and national level and usually sector specific. They offer between £1,000 and £100,000 for SMEs, but funds can be unlimited for larger businesses within EU state aid programmes.

With grants you don’t pay the money back. However, it’s worth noting there will be clawback terms if you falsify claims in respect to expected outputs set by the grant scheme. Therefore, ensure your application is captivating and thorough as it will go through a due diligence process.

Normally there are two stages, submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to ensure your business and grant application meets the scope of the grant call and then a full application process whereby you will need to supply, market research, a business plan and at least 1-3 years of financial forecasts.

Throughout the process, you will need to justify there is additionality i.e. not just the reason why you need funding, but by obtaining a grant, how many new jobs you will create, if you’re opening up new markets or export opportunities or that your idea could be a game changer.

It is always worth getting a second opinion regarding the feasibility and strength of your application against the grant objectives and any regional strategic economic plan. Therefore speak to your accountant, a local business adviser or the Growth Hub.

The larger grant opportunities can be competitive and therefore be a long-drawn-out process, taking several months in some cases to receive just an offer. So if you are looking for subsidies and money quickly a grant may not be the right solution for your business.

It is also worth noting if your application is successful, grant moneys are not paid upfront but claimed normally at the back end of the project or even after any intervention is completed.

Therefore you will need to use your own cash reserves and any other funding prior to drawing down the grant money. I have even known businesses take out bridging loans till they have received their grant funds.

Some key areas of your business whereby you could access business advice or a grant;

Business advice and support, whether you are pre-start, a new start or an established business, there are regional Business Growth Hubs across the UK whereby you can obtain free or funded advice. You can normally obtain specialist support to devise a business growth strategy, do market research to create a sales and marketing plan, implement social media management or even get advice on how to apply for further funding.

Note each UK region may have a focus on specific business sectors, business sizes and locations, as eligibility can be even post code specific.

Skills and development government grants

The Skills Funding Agency oversees the current apprenticeship scheme, however on May 1st 2017 the new Apprenticeship Levy scheme starts whereby your business could access subsidised training and development to upskill existing employees to even Master’s degree level.

Many regional Universities, Colleges and further education organisations will be offering a multitude of subsidised short courses or funded degree level programmes which will help you develop your existing staff to be the managers and directors of the future.

If your business is within a rural development area and looking to grow, invest in infrastructure, machinery or seek specialist advice to diversify. Or if your business is involved with forestry and land projects the government have a scheme called LEADER managed through Local Action Groups.

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is a new energy efficiency support service for small and medium-sized companies in England, Scotland and Wales.

It provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £10,000 capital contribution towards the purchase of energy saving equipment.

Manufacturing is an area which is increasingly supported through grant schemes. Therefore if you manufacture textiles, specialist tooling, operate in the digital market, within the nuclear supply chain or need support for international trade, or manufacture in many other sectors, there is likely to be a grant scheme that your business can access.

Innovation, Research and Development

Innovate UK, offers support and funding to help businesses develop new products and services and bring them closer to market, this may be to bring people together to share ideas, tackle challenges and make new technological advances.

They targets technologies and areas with the greatest scope to improve business, the economy and society.

Local Enterprise Partnership

For anyone looking for grants at the moment, the go-to people will be their Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). One of the main functions of the LEPS is to generate economic growth and so many have their own grants programmes.

In addition, most provide some form of business support and advice. As part of the business advice service they collate information on local and national grants and will signpost business owners to the relevant organisations.

Another great source of information is the government ‘Business is Great’ website which has a page dedicated to a number of funds to support innovation.

There is also is an EU tool which does a better job than anything I’ve seen of clarifying what finance is available across the EU including although is does require some persistence in searching to get to the information.

For companies and individuals with ground breaking research which may require significant funding there is also Horizon 2020:

Grant funding is not for everyone but could give your business the boost it needs. Proper preparation, thorough research, getting professional advice and being able to clearly explain why you require your grant funding is more likely to lead to a successful application. And, as a result, help you obtain the financial support for a better, bigger and more profitable business for you.