Latest News On Coronavirus Includes NAMA Updates And Webinar; Impact On Foodservice

March 16, 2020

As news spreads on coronavirus and the impact on the U.S. and the world at large, NAMA has a couple announcements and news agencies have published coverage specifically regarding food service. We continue to bring you the latest news highlights.

Consumer Brands Association Webinar

NAMA announced the Consumer Brands Association will hold a webinar today from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m, in which Dr. Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases and Senior Response Adviser for CDC’s COVID-19 response, will present on the impact on the food and beverage industry.

NAMA stated questions that are planned to be addressed include:

If a food manufacturing company worker is confirmed positive for coronavirus, what actions should that food company take, i.e., do they need to quarantine all workers and if yes for how long?

If the employee manufactured food what should be done with the food?

Are there additional precautions a food manufacturing company can take, in addition to good manufacturing practices, that could help reduce the introduction or spread of coronavirus? 

NAMA's Director, Federal & State Affairs Mike Goscinski is available to answer questions if you would like to email him at

Click Here to Register.

Announcement regarding the 2020 NAMA Show

    NAMA will share a "go" or "no go" decision regarding the 2020 NAMA Show by April 6, Carla Balakgie, NAMA president and CEO, wrote in an email to NAMA members, along with the following statement:

    "While we remain hopeful that The NAMA Show can continue as scheduled, our team of stakeholders and leaders are approaching this decision with care, concern and a sense of earnest responsibility to balance our members’ business needs with their greater health and safety. It bears repeating that our overriding priority is the health and safety of The NAMA Show community. That said, we understand that the uncertain status of the show can present challenges in terms of your business and personal planning. We know how important the show is to both the industry and NAMA and this is a significant factor in the decision-making process. 

    It’s validating to witness the continued interest of our industry in the status of the show, despite the unpredictable environment we are all navigating. Even under these challenging circumstances, exhibitor and attendee interest remains high and focused on not if, but when, we can all come together for this vital annual event.

    Whatever the decision following the announcement on or before April 6, we understand there will be questions and the need for communication regarding the way forward. We pledge to keep information flowing and to keep you apprised of important developments.

    Thank you for your support and patience as we work through this together. As always, reach out to with questions."

    Additional coverage of COVID-19's impact on automatic retail and foodservice

        DATASSENTIAL Report - Coronavirus & The Impact on Eating

        Small Business Administration - Information on Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

        "Here’s what restaurants are doing to stop the spread of coronavirus, from going cashless to expanding delivery to spacing out tables"  — Nation's Restaurant News

        "‘It’s terrifying’: Service workers fear for their jobs, health as coronavirus spreads" — The Baltimore Sun

        "Businesses, investors ride wave of uncertainty" — NEWS-PRESS & GAZETTE CO.