Spend Matters Afternoon Coffee

ISM acquires ADR North America.
ISM Expands Service Offerings by Acquiring ADR North America -- Looked for detailed coverage of ISM's new for-profit subsidiary and ADR acquisition on Spend Matters this week -- ISM has taken a significant step to amplify its capacity for delivering customized professional development, consulting and skills assessments to the world's leading companies and supply management organizations. ISM has invested in the consulting firm ADR North America (ADR NA). ADR NA will continue to operate under its own name, providing a full range of supply management consulting, including baseline assessments, transformations of supply management operations, coordination of procurement across enterprises, risk management, category strategies and other related services.

"Whole foods is CORPORATE!!" - Portlandia
Whole Foods: Not So Organic After All? -- the show pointed out how WF have been deceiving customers for years including me. Products stated certified organic Californian etc while it printed with small letters in the back Made in China. We all know the Chinese products are not certified organic by FDA and there is no way you can insist they are.

Alternative blends.
Coffee Roasters Rethink the Blend -- Coffee roasters are caught in a grind. There is a lull in supplies of arabica beans, the most widely consumed variety of coffee, after rain damaged output in Colombia and Central America. Meanwhile, Brazil's harvest, expected to be large, is months away. Prices still are at historically high levels, even though they have come down considerably from the near-14-year settlement high of $3.0490 a pound hit by the front-month futures contract in May.

I don't know that I'd trust a Walgreen's eyebrow wax.
New Walgreens Downtown Flagship Store To Go "Upscale" -- The No. 1 drugstore chain's makeover won't come cheap. The new Walgreens will include a sleek cosmetics area that looks like a mini-Sephora and offers $15 manicures and eyebrow-shaping. There also will be a barista, made-to-order sushi, a juice and smoothie bar, self-serve frozen yogurt, upscale wine and spirits and a wide cheese selection--even a humidor.

Siiiiigh.
Two drink-free days a week needed, MPs' report says -- People should have at least two days a week completely clear of alcohol, a group of MPs says. It is one of the recommendations in a report by the Commons science and technology committee, which is calling for a review of all government guidelines on alcohol in the UK. It says there are "sufficient concerns" about the recommendations on how much people should drink. The report has been welcomed by charities and public health experts.

- Sheena Moore

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