NCA Member Alerts


National Standard Proposal For GMO Labeling

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would set a federal standard for labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods...read more



Sustainability at the NCA

At our recent Board of Directors meeting, the NCA adopted a statement of purpose on sustainability. In it, we affirm our commitment to a socially responsible supply chain and spell out strategic and operational support as an industry partner...read more



Selecting NCA Board Members

We're making important changes at the NCA to ensure that it remains a vital part of our future...read more



June 2015 Coffee Consumption Rose By +1.66%

In-home and At-Work segments grew as well with....read more



Diacetyl and Worker Safety

Over the past several months, a series of articles with dramatic headlines have called attention to diacetyl as it relates to worker safety and coffee....read more



Advocacy, Front and Center

Twice each year, the federal government takes inventory. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) releases a Unified Agenda of regulatory initiatives on the docket....read more



May 2015 Coffee Consumption Rose By +2.51%

In-home and At-Work segments grew as well with....read more



European Opinion on Caffeine

Despite the vast body of existing scientific research on this important topic, EFSA's statement has already resulted in misleading headlines in Europe about “safe” levels of caffeine. Find out what we’re doing on your behalf, and how you can respond to inquiries you may get on this important topic. ....read more



NCA Files Comments Supporting US Government Position on Coffee

Federally commissioned scientists have concluded that coffee can be part a healthy lifestyle. In its final Advisory Report, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recommends including coffee....read more



April 2015 Coffee Consumption Rose By +2.73%

In-home and At-Work segments grew as well with....read more



FSMA Moving Toward Implementation

A panelist at last week’s U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) public meeting framed implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA. Two years of rulemaking has stretched into four, and now....read more



Heated-Formed Challenges

After one last round of oral arguments last week, California Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle took the case “under submission.” That means he’ll issue a ruling on Phase 1 of the ongoing Proposition 65 lawsuit against coffee roasters and retailers....read more



March 2015 Coffee Consumption Rose By +2.06%

In-home and At-Work segments grew as well with....read more



Prominent Cancer Body Links Coffee with Reduced Liver Cancer Risk

More good news on coffee and health has just been issued in a new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and World Cancer Research Foundation (WCRF). Among its conclusions, the highly respected report states that....read more



February 2015 Coffee Consumption Rose By +1.84%

In-home and At-Work segments grew as well with....read more



US-Appointed Scientists Say Coffee is Part of Healthy Diet

Years of positive scientific evidence on coffee and health just cut through the cluttered media landscape in a prominent and powerful way.....read more



January 2015 Coffee Consumption Rose By +1.93%

In-home and At-Work segments grew as well with....read more



NCA Relaunches Free Member Webinars February 11

Over the past six months NCA has begun the process of revamping member communications and benefits. We are now pleased to announce the relaunch of NCA’s webinar program on February 11th, a session led by....read more



December Coffee Consumption Rose By +2.23%

In-home and At-Work segments grew as well with....read more



Keeping Industry's Cards on the Table

Most of us have grown up with the FDA’s “Food Pyramid” – which has been replaced by the “MyPlate” dish of recommended choices for a healthy daily diet. Traditionally, only nutrient-rich foods make the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. But, in 2015, caffeine could become the first non-nutrient added to the list.....read more



Scientific Advisory Group Meets

Coffee science was on the table at the NCA this month – quite literally. The NCA Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) met at the NCA offices for its final 2014 meeting. The heavy, two-day agenda was a topical menu of the expert committee’s broad, science-centric contributions to the U.S. coffee industry....read more



November Coffee Consumption Rose By +2.30%

Growth was led by the At-work/Food Service segment with a....read more



California Proposition 65 Update

Last week, the NCA filed comments with California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the state regulatory agency that enforces Proposition 65. The NCA comments focused on....read more



The Board Approves NCA Strategies and Plans

The NCA Board members met in Los Angeles on November 6, graciously hosted by F. Gaviña & Sons, for their third and final meeting of the year. Board members approved the NCA’s new Strategic Plan, 2015 Annual Operating Plan and 2015 budget, all of which reflect the NCA’s ongoing transition, which we expect to carry into 2015 and beyond....read more



The NCA Introduces the Coffee Reporter Weekly

We’ve taken a number of steps this year to keep you better informed; in July we introduced periodic Member Alerts, which we augmented in September with “Market Sizing” data from StudyLogic to provide a quick snapshot of the market. We're now introducing a weekly NCA digest, the Coffee Reporter Weekly....read more



October Coffee Consumption Rose By +2.23%

Single-Serve continues to out-pace all other industry categories with growth of....read more



Substantial Growth Ahead for Single Cup, Consumer Attitudes Shifting

Today at the NCA Coffee Summit, Don Holly spelled out how single-cup brewing is revolutionizing the coffee marketplace. Expanding upon data from the NCA’s just-released report, Single-Cup Format 2014 – The Changing Coffee Market: Single Cup & Preparation Methods, his presentation....read more



FDA Responds to Industry Submissions

In a highly unusual move, the FDA has re-floated proposed food safety rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) following a deluge of public comments, including ....read more



September Coffee Consumption Rose By 1.58%

In September, growth was led by Restaurant Cup Consumption with a substantial rise of ....read more



The NCA at the ICO

The International Coffee Organization (ICO) is holding meetings in London this week covering a wide variety of issues facing the coffee industry. The NCA, as a designated “private sector advisor” to the US Government, participates in these meetings on behalf of NCA members....read more



New Member-Only Monthly Consumption Reports

Starting this month the NCA - in partnership with Studylogic - will begin issuing monthly summary "market sizing" reports based upon "cups consumed" consumer panel data. ....read more



Putting Caffeine on MyPlate?

Last month an NCA Member Alert advised you that “there is a growing focus by regulators on caffeine” which led the NCA to file comments about caffeine with the Food and Drug Administration....read more



Canada - Potential Restrictions on Imports

Canada is retooling its food safety system. Like FSMA in the US, the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) sets a new course for protecting the food supply, and one provision of the SFCA in particular could have game-changing repercussions for US importers ....read more



Clarification Issued by ACS Regarding Adulteration of Coffee

Yesterday I reported to you that the American Chemical Society (ACS) had issued a misleading media release regarding alleged impurities in coffee. Starting with a lead that read “Coffee Drinkers Beware,” the release was ....read more



Recent Misleading Media on Adulteration of Coffee

Over the past 24 hours we’ve become aware of a number of press reports cautioning consumers to “beware” of fillers they may find in their ground coffee. These reports seem to be traceable to a press release issued by the ....read more



NCA Submits Caffeine White Paper to the FDA

In recent years caffeine has become available in non-traditional forms, from powdered versions to energy drink formulations, resulting in different consumption patterns and effects. As a result, there is a growing focus by regulators on caffeine such as....read more



Proposed New Labeling Requirements

Many factors affect consumer perceptions, and ultimately consumption, of coffee – the final, and most critical end point of a long, challenging supply chain. One important factor impacting consumer perceptions and consumption is....read more



How Clean is Your Coffee? The Government Wants to Know

Transportation and logistics are essential to all of our members, who depend upon an efficient and unbroken supply chain. This is another area in which changes are in store under new federal regulations, as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Sanitary Food Transportation Act. This week the NCA is filing comments....read more



Held Up at the Ports

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had initiated “agricultural inspections” of green coffee shipments that were severely impacting coffee importers, causing delays in filling customer orders and resulting in inspection fees that....read more



Terrorism and the Food Supply

Each year, Federal lawmakers and regulators implement laws that cost US businesses billions of dollars in compliance obligations. The NCA’s role – among other services - is to represent you in Washington to ensure that your interests are taken into consideration during the Federal rule-making process and to make certain that new rules are appropriately balanced against business realities, interests and the burdens of implementation. Last week , the NCA again made your voice heard....read more



Thinking and Drinking: Strategic Planning at NCA

On June 24th & 25th we held an “NCA Think Tank.” The NCA board and guests spent a day and a half together planning the NCA’s future. Our first morning – after we got our coffee - we heard from a number of speakers including....read more