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Government Affairs at the NCA

Coffee is an integral part of the U.S. economy and culture.

Coffee is a lot of things: an agricultural import, publicly traded commodity, raw ingredient, roasted retail product, and popular beverage. Each bean follows a long and complicated path from seed to cup, and can encounter a surprising amount of scrutiny along the way.

As the chief advocate for the U.S. coffee industry, the NCA works with a number of U.S. and international government agencies that are connected to coffee commerce and consumption. We also collaborate with a range of organizations from across the supply chain.

Together, we're working towards towards fair, responsible solutions to the problems we share. 

Because the regulatory issues addressed by NCA are more than acronym-laced legalese. They impact the entire coffee industry, which represents more than 1,694,710 jobs in the United States alone (according to our 2016 Economic Impact of the Coffee Industry study).

Depending on what's needed, the NCA may flag potential problems, identify and protect industry priorities, provide specialized expertise, or lead communications campaigns. Often these issues are ongoing, and can come with unexpected ramifications if not monitored closely. These include:

  • WHO/ IARC Coffee and Cancer Declassification 
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • U.S. Dietary Guidelines
  • Safe Food for Canadians Act
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Caffeine Opinion
  • Nutritional Fact Panel

For more information, please see our past official comment letters, visit the NCA newsroom, or follow us on social media.  

Stay informed with the NCA

One benefit of NCA membership is staying up-to-date on industry issues.

Not only are we working behind the scenes, we're making sure that you have the information you need to prepare for what's next and make more strategic decisions.

Our NCA Member Alerts give members coffee-specific analysis on issues as they unfold. The Coffee Reporter Weekly provides an overview of the industry. (If you are an NCA member and don't receive these emails, please contact us and we'll be happy to help!)

Feedback from our members shapes NCA priorities and strategy, providing important perspective on the business impact in the field. We welcome questions and encourage members to get involved — we’re here to represent you.

5 Reasons to Attend the NCA Convention

Here are 5 (of the many) great reasons to attend the NCA 2020 Convention:

1. Networking that's worth your time

One conversation with the right person can change everything.

We've designed our programming for 2020 to ensure that you'll have maximum opportunities to connect with the people you want to meet -- including a networking lunch for everyone, coffee breaks, and nightly social events like our industry happy hour and "Welcome to Texas" kickoff party.

2. Education for the real world

Coffee is complicated -- from market price fluctuation to understanding the latest food science and coffee trends. And, like most things, the best way to learn is to dive in headfirst. This year we've packed our program with dozens of speakers, panels, and educational breakout sessions to help you gain the knowledge and insights that are most relevant to you.

3. Professional development

Developing strong industry leadership is critical for the future of coffee.

Whether you're looking to grow your own career or develop talent within your organization, our Convention provides opportunities to strengthen leadership skills and learn more about the business of coffee - from the Next Generation Council to events where you could meet your next business partner.

4. Industry innovation

Ideas are like coffee - fresh is better.

Find new inspiration to bring back to the office, whether it's from a keynote speaker or exhibitor. Maybe you'll discover the next big thing in coffee - or come up with your own.

5. Get involved

Tap into the (well-caffeinated) energy of the NCA coffee community! Convention offers many opportunities to give back to the industry or local community, make new connections, and discover new ways to collaborate.

Consider signing up for the local Coffee Gives Back day of service, contributing a blog post on your experience, or join the conversation at a breakout session.


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