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Survey reveals the leading causes of weight gain — and it’s not just food or lack of exercise

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Rising global overweight and obesity rates are typically attributed to overconsumption and a lack of movement. However, new research highlights the far more complex combination of lifestyle choices and challenges that cause weight gain. In a survey 1 of over 100,000 users of Able, a health coaching app that tailors personal programs to each individual to help them achieve their goals, users most commonly attributed their weight gain to stress (24.5%), family life (12.5%), medication (11.7%) and work (10.9%). Likewise, 57.7% of overweight people get just five to seven hours of sleep each night, with poor sleep quality a major risk factor for obesity. Data shows that diet does play a role, but more so due to what people consume, rather than how much. Some 79.3% of respondents stated that they eat three or fewer meals daily. However, 26.8% most commonly consume sweet foods throughout the day. Likewise, 19.2% regularly eat fried food, 16.6% consume caffeine and 9.3% drink alcohol, all of which have been linked to weight gain. The survey also found that many users signing up to Able had debilitating health conditions that can impact the ability to lose weight. Some 12% of females and 2% of males reported suffering from depression and anxiety. Likewise, 6% of women and 1% of men had insomnia, while 4% of women and 1% of men reported being asthmatic. In addition, 6% of women reported hormonal issues. “The human body is intricate and reaching our optimal weight is never so straightforward as moving more and eating less,” Roman Taranov, CEO and founder of Able said. “As this data shows, it's often not for lack of trying, but to achieve results you really must consider each person’s body, mind and situation. With an action plan that targets the specific factors that impact an individual, no reasonable weight loss goal is unachievable.” Hoping to improve their health (23.9%), feel good (21.5%) and live longer (16.7%), almost a third of users had tried gym exercise. Similarly, 24.4% had tried a restrictive diet and a further 21.2% attempted a fitness-focused diet. However, losing weight requires addressing the various factors that impact our body, from diet to rest to medication, while staying motivated and working around our busy schedules. The survey data was collected from more than 100,000 people who submitted responses to the intake questionnaire for Able's weight loss program. Overall, 57% were aged over 50 and 20% under 30. Women made up 81% of respondents. 1 Research findings based on a survey questionnaire to members of the Able community that was completed between December 2022 and January 2023. 102,361 adults aged between 18 and 48 based around the world responded to the survey. About Able Able is a digitally native health and wellness platform that provides access to high-quality, comprehensive weight care from start to finish, at the cost of an affordable monthly subscription. Founded in 2021, Able’s weight loss program works because it treats the whole person, addressing every factor that impacts weight. Able clients achieve lasting results by making better food and movement choices, with the support and accountability of a personal health coach within the app who guides them in adapting their lifestyle and habits. Contact Details Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://ableapp.com/

January 25, 2023 08:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

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Cisco’s Cybersecurity Resolutions Everyone Needs to Make

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/0zh5C-cLOgk While cybersecurity has become a top concern among consumers, especially as scammers and hackers have grown more creative, many struggle with how to practically protect themselves – what can they do to protect their identities, savings and credit? The security team at Cisco is on the cutting edge of cybersecurity – battling hackers, uncovering the latest scams and seeking out the weaknesses that leave people and businesses vulnerable. The team at Cisco has revealed its first-ever list of cybersecurity resolutions – the top hacks they expect to see targeting consumers and what the average person can do to protect themselves. In conjunction with the release of the cybersecurity resolutions J. Wolfgang Goerlich conducted a nationwide media tour providing expert insights and shared the top tips and tricks to help anyone create their own cybersecurity resolutions. Topics that Wolfgang discussed included: What do individuals need to know about current cybersecurity threats? What are the most persistent cyber threats for individuals? Unveiling of Cisco’s first-ever list of cybersecurity resolutions How the average person can protect themselves Top cybersecurity tips included: You Need to be Diligent Don’t click links from unknown sources - including text messages which have become a leading attack vector. No longer are suspicious links primarily sent through phishing emails If you get a suspicious text message or phone call, look for where it’s coming from. The way hackers have adapted - we must as well Consider Your Privacy Don’t connect to public networks or access sensitive data on your mobile devices. Do you need to grant an app access to your contacts, location or photos? Know what companies are asking of you - major companies, like Apple and Google, tell you the permissions upfront what they need; however, if the company doesn’t clarify what it can do with your data, don’t just click the agree to terms and conditions box; read it. Consider The Apps You and Your Kids Use Look at the news around TikTok - with local governments putting bans/restrictions in place, the future of the platform for all users remains up in the air Stay informed - have conversations with your kids around what you say and do online Consider the Security Efforts of the Apps you Use When you download an app, you’ve likely been asked, “Allow ‘app’ to track activity across other companies’ apps and websites?” notification from Apple - be mindful of what this means about your personal data before making a decision For example - does your banking app require multi-factor authentication? What about other apps that have access to your most private info? Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

January 25, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Innersense Organic Beauty Donates $210,000 for Annual Season of Giving

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Award-winning clean hair care brand Innersense Organic Beauty raised over $210,000 for five nonprofits during November and December of 2022. Innersense Organic Beauty first started its annual Season of Giving campaign in 2019, benefiting organizations dedicated to a range of passions, from hunger to safe cosmetics advocacy, equality, and cancer support. In 2022, this seasonal effort raised $210,000 during the holidays, breaking the former record from previous years. The five-week Season of Giving campaign, kicked off the week of Thanksgiving, starting November 21, 2022, introduced a new nonprofit each Monday and encouraged Innersense Organic Beauty clean hair care consumers to shop with their hearts. The brand, in turn, donated 20% of all web sales each week to the designated nonprofit. Innersense Organic Beauty’s in-house team chose nonprofits that focused on issues near and dear to its heart, such as the women advocacy, female cancer support and Williams Syndrome, a genetic condition that affects the adult daughter of founders Greg and Joanne Starkman. Organizations benefiting from the fourth annual campaign included Feeding America, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Women’s Voices for the Earth, Lipstick Angels and Williams Syndrome Association. “Innersense Organic Beauty was created to help support our stylists by caring for these valued caregivers. As a leader in the clean beauty space, we also see ourselves as caregivers for our salon professionals, consumers and the community at large,” shares Greg Starkman, CEO and Founder, Innersense Organic Beauty. “We are grateful to be able to give back to organizations we are passionate about, and incredibly thankful to our dedicated community that continues to support our brand and this campaign each year, as they put their hearts behind holiday shopping.” The brand also updated its e-commerce website during the third quarter in 2022 to introduce Beam Impact, a new plug-in that allows consumers to donate a percent of their online purchase to the charity or cause of their choice. Innersense rotates the partner options seasonally to provide visibility and opportunity to the many philanthropic causes they support, including California Coastkeepers Alliance, The Loveland Foundation and many more. “This is absolutely amazing, we are incredibly grateful for this generous gift. The community you have built and inspired is so beautiful. Thank you for being thought leaders in business, family and philanthropy. It is people like you that change the world,” says Renata Helfman, Founder & Executive Director, Lipstick Angels. “We feel truly blessed to be partners with all of you.” The brand plans to continue its philanthropic efforts in 2023 with goals to surpass 2022 giving. About Innersense Organic Beauty Beauty professionals Greg and Joanne Starkman founded Innersense Organic Beauty to bring clean, pure and toxin free hair care to salons, stylists and consumers. The clean hair care brand’s products include shampoos, conditioners, scalp scrub, styling and treatment products for all hair types. For more information, visit innersensebeauty.com. Contact Details BPCM Archita Patel +1 281-725-2121 archita@bpcm.com Company Website https://innersensebeauty.com/

January 24, 2023 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Travel Technology Association Files Comments with DoT Supporting Transparency & Consumer Protections

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The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the voice of the travel technology industry and consistent advocate for public policy that supports a competitive and transparent marketplace, filed comments today in response to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on “ Enhancing Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees ” (DOT-OST-2022-0109). “Travel Tech has long supported the U.S. Department of Transportation’s efforts to ensure consumers have access to critical ancillary fee information. We did so in 2014 and are doing so again in 2023,” stated Laura Chadwick, President & CEO of the Travel Technology Association. “For too long, consumers have lacked the consistent ability to know the true cost of different flight options.” In its comments, Travel Tech addresses how ancillary fee information should be provided to ticket agents. In its proposed rule, the DOT seeks to omit global distribution systems from receiving mandatory ancillary fee data from airlines. “Travel Tech strongly recommends that ancillary fee data be shared with all channels that distribute fare and schedule information,” Chadwick continued. “It is the most simple and direct way to solve the issue of ancillary fee transparency for consumers.” Travel Tech also filed a petition today requesting a hearing on DOT’s proposed requirement to display the critical ancillary fee information on the first page of online search results. Travel Tech addresses this matter in its comments. “Our members are the leading innovators in creating consumer-friendly online travel information sites. We are deeply concerned about the DOT’s first-page search results requirements included in the proposed regulation. These rules, if adopted as written, will clutter and confuse the online air travel shopping experience for consumers. This is especially true for travel comparison sites that display multiple airlines’ schedules and fares,” said Chadwick. “In our comments and hearing petition, we argue that the Department should not displace ticket agents’ well-established expertise with a government-regulated website design mandate. Ticket agents should have the flexibility to design appropriate displays of ancillary fees and develop innovative new methods for consumers as well,” Chadwick continued. ### About Travel Tech The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) is the voice of the travel technology industry, advocating for public policy that promotes transparency and competition in the marketplace to encourage innovation and preserve consumer choice. Travel Tech represents the leading innovators in travel technology, including global distribution systems, online travel agencies and metasearch companies, travel management companies, and short-term rental platforms. To schedule an interview with a Travel Tech spokesperson, contact Dan Rene of kglobal at 202-329-8357 or daniel.rene@kglobal.com. Contact Details Travel Technology Association Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 daniel.rene@kglobal.com Company Website https://www.traveltech.org.

January 24, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Twinco Capital raises $12 million led by Quona Capital to expand its next-gen supply chain finance platform

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Twinco Capital, the first global supply chain finance solution that covers the production cycle from purchase order to final invoice payment, announced today it has closed a $12 million equity and debt round. The investment was led by Quona Capital, and included participation from Working Capital Innovation Fund, as well as existing investors Mundi Ventures and Finch Capital. Zubi Capital provided the venture debt portion. The funds will be used to accelerate the company’s expansion within the major sourcing countries and strengthen its technology and data capabilities, in particular in relation to ESG. Twinco Capital is on a mission to reduce the world’s estimated $1.7 trillion trade finance gap, which disproportionately affects small and medium-sized companies in emerging countries and hinders their ability to access business opportunities and grow. Through its solution, the company engages with large corporations—mostly in the retail and apparel sectors—and offers funding to their suppliers worldwide, advancing up to 60% of the purchase order value upfront and paying the remainder upon delivery. The process is designed to be a fully transparent, no-hassle experience that provides the suppliers with funding for its purchase orders within 48 hours. The Amsterdam and Madrid-based fintech was founded in 2019 by Sandra Nolasco (CEO), an experienced banker and specialist in trade finance with an international career spanning over 20 years in major European commercial banks, and Carmen Marín (COO), who has over 16 years of management experience in both equity investing and project finance at Banco Santander. Since its inception, Twinco has grown rapidly, and today has programs in place which serve engaged European and LatAm retailers who buy more than $10 billion per year of manufactured products, mostly from SMEs in emerging markets. With Twinco, SMEs all over the world can access affordable liquidity, when they most need it—when they receive an order and need to start production. On the back of its financing programs, Twinco continuously collects data that stems from the intersection of commercial, financial and ESG performance of the thousands of manufacturers involved in these supply chains. As a result, Twinco is well positioned to provide its customers not only with funding but also with the benefit of unique business intelligence that can enable SMEs to produce products competitively and responsibly. “Twinco is focused on a significant pain point in the massive and underpenetrated market that is supply chain finance,” said Monica Brand Engel, co-founder and Managing Partner at Quona. “At Quona, we’ve been incredibly impressed by the strength of this founding team and its business model, and we’re excited to be part of their journey to provide much-needed and affordable supply chain finance to help responsibly fuel the economic gains of emerging market suppliers.” The key to Twinco’s success is its unique risk model, which complements the traditional view on financial risk with commercial performance and ESG data. In other words, it uses machine learning to evaluate the quality and strength of the commercial relationships between buyers and their suppliers. “Suppliers that value human capital and treat their workers well are better businesses, presenting a lower risk to their banks and lenders. We’re thrilled to invest in Twinco because they will assess ‘ESG’ risk and incorporate it into their investment decision-making — we think this will open up new areas of impact and commercial success for them" said Paarul Dudeja, Managing Director at Working Capital Innovation Fund. The technology enabled user experience was designed to accommodate the complexities of ever-changing trade transactions. Purchase orders can be canceled, replaced or changed, and the Twinco financing flow accompanies these changes without a glitch. “If we are to have competitive and socially responsible supply chains on a global scale, suppliers need access to affordable financing from the very beginning of production, starting with the purchase order,” said Twinco Capital CEO Sandra Nolasco. “Extraordinary events, such as those experienced these past years, have revealed the fragility of supply chains, which are historically unable to adapt to the complexity of global production networks. At Twinco, we propose a radical change in how to use finance as a tool to proactively transform global supply chains, to foster the participation of SMEs, improve efficiency and ensure responsible sourcing practices.” “Twinco’s ambitious mission can only be achieved by bringing together all the relevant parties: Buyers, Suppliers and Investors,” said Twinco Capital COO Carmen Marin. “In this way, Twinco is a catalyst for change. With our new funding, we will be extending our geographic scope and data capabilities. We are also very excited to launch the very first sustainable-native supply chain finance program—the Twinco ESG Tilt, where business intelligence is directly linked to beneficial purchasing and funding conditions.” The company is growing fast. It has onboarded more than 100 suppliers, located in 12 different countries including Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Spain. Since its launch in December 2019, the company has been growing by multiples of 5, supporting trade through the pandemic and funding millions of purchase orders. About Twinco Capital Twinco Capital, cofounded by Sandra Nolasco (CEO) and Carmen Marín (COO), is one of the few European high-growth fintechs led by women.Twinco engages with large corporate partners to reduce financing costs and improve supply chain reliability by offering their suppliers access to affordable funding. Through its data analytics-powered platform, Twinco is able to provide suppliers across the globe with competitive liquidity from purchase order to final invoice. Twinco’s unique model benefits both suppliers and buyers, contributing to the construction of competitive and socially responsible supply chains. Learn more: www.twincocapital.com About Quona Quona Capital is a venture firm focused on fintech that can expand access for underserved customers and small businesses in emerging markets including Latin America, Africa and the Middle East (MENA), and India and Southeast Asia. Quona’s global partners are experienced investors and operators in both emerging and developed markets, and invest in entrepreneurs whose companies have the potential to provide outstanding financial returns and promote breakthrough innovation in financial inclusion for both consumers and SMEs. More at quona.com About Working Capital Innovation Fund Working Capital Innovation Fund is an early-stage equity venture fund that invests in scalable innovations to meet the growing demand for more transparent and ethical supply chains – addressing the urgent need to protect vulnerable workers and source responsibly. It was initially incubated by The Omidyar Group, a diverse collection of independent organizations and initiatives. For more information, visit: https://workingcapitalfund.com/ Contact Details Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://www.twincocapital.com/

January 24, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Bluberi Gaming Enters Social Casino Space with New Partner Ruby Seven Studios

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Bluberi or (the “Company”) today announced a new partnership with Ruby Seven Studios to provide its top-performing, land-based content to the leading online, social casino provider. Ruby Seven Studios is an award-winning social casino gaming company based in Nevada and Kochi, India. As an industry leader in the social casino space, Ruby Seven Studios’s mission is to bring casino game content to land-based and online casinos with engaging free-to-play casino gaming apps and websites. Micheal Carpenter, Founder and CEO of Ruby Seven Studios said, “We are excited to bring the great games from Bluberi into our game collection and offer in our free-to-play casino apps for our casino partners. We look forward to seeing these games launch this year.” Ruby Sevens partnerships include a wide variety of casinos in California, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and many other states across the US. Brett Vela, Senior Manager of Product Management at Bluberi said, “This partnership with Ruby Sevens will not only strengthen our relationship with many of our land-based partners, but will allow us to put our top performing land-based titles, like Devil’s Lock, in the hands of so many new players.” Bluberi Gaming has redefined the game development process by applying extensive market research, innovative game design, and a new school attitude to create industry leading performers such as Treasure Hunter and Devil's Lock. This rise in popularity and renewed interest in Bluberi Gaming has opened the door for the expansion of Bluberi’s gaming distribution channels, leading to the new partnership with Ruby Seven Studios. "Ruby Seven is an industry leader in the online Social Casino space and Bluberi is very excited to begin its entry into this market with the talented people from Ruby Seven,” said Hugues Lebrecque, Director of Strategic Alliances at Bluberi. “With this partnership, our successful land-based library will be made available to social casino apps, overlapping new and existing, brick & mortar Bluberi customers." Look for Bluberi games, like Devil’s Lock, to be hitting your favorite Ruby Seven Studios social casino later this year. About Bluberi Backed by more than 25 years of industry experience, Bluberi is an established and reliable company with an expansive vision to deliver the highest quality casino gaming experience to players in Class II and Class III markets across the globe. We strive to provide industry-leading customer service by being the easiest company to do business with and are proud to be an agile supplier; able to respond to customer feedback quickly as we grow to become a best-in-class gaming partner. To learn more, visit bluberi.com. About Ruby Seven Studios Ruby Seven Studios is a top-ranking social casino gaming company based in Nevada and Kochi, India. Our mission is to bridge the gap between land-based casinos, online casinos and social casino gaming apps through strategic partnerships with land-based casinos, which currently include Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Delaware North Gaming, Affinity Interactive, Fantasy Springs, Chumash Casino Resort, Lake of the Torches Casino, and Choctaw Casinos & Resorts. With more than 150 employees worldwide, Ruby Seven Studios has created more than 20 titles for the Apple, GooglePlay, Amazon Kindle, Facebook, and web platforms. To learn more about Ruby Seven Studios, please visit www.rubyseven.com. Contact Details Bluberi Gaming Dan Taylor, Brand Marketing Manager +1 619-944-0510 dan.taylor@bluberi.com Company Website https://bluberi.com/

January 24, 2023 06:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

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Microban International to Showcase Groundbreaking Technologies for Plastics at PLASTINDIA 2023

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Microban International is thrilled to be attending PLASTINDIA 2023, one of the largest international exhibitions for plastics. The show – which is in its 11 th year – will be taking place at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from the 1 st to the 5 th of February. It remains an important date in corporate calendars across the world, with the PlastIndia foundation inviting manufacturers, consumers and investors to come together to support innovations in the plastics industry. Microban is currently the only global antimicrobial technology brand to be exhibiting at this year’s show. The company’s expert team will be showcasing a wide range of unique antimicrobial formulations for plastic materials, including two next-generation products based on non-heavy metal ingredients – LapisShield ™ and Ascera ™. LapisShield is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial technology designed to seamlessly integrate into any water-based coating formulation, inhibiting bacterial growth by up to 99.99 %. Ascera – a pioneering chemistry inspired by nature* – delivers proven antibacterial protection for moulded polymers and solvent-based coatings. These exclusive new technologies demonstrate the company’s continuing drive to deliver more sustainable solutions that fight microbial growth, helping to protect treated plastic surfaces from stains, odours and premature degradation, and prolonging their useable lifespan. Microban technologies will be of interest to PLASTINDIA 2023 attendees from a wide range of disciplines, including visitors from the automotive, construction, homeware and electronics industries, as well as packaging producers and manufacturers of medical devices and surfaces. Come and talk to the team at Booth B-03 on the ground floor of Hall 4 to discover how these innovative antimicrobial solutions can benefit your specific product application. Book your meeting with Microban here to ensure you don’t miss out! * The Microban ™ technology used in this product is similar to acids found in nature and is used in multiple consumer product applications. About Microban International Part of Barr Brands International (BBI), Microban International is home to the most trusted and well-known global brands in the antimicrobial, odour control, and sanitisation / disinfection markets – Microban® and Ultra-Fresh®. Our organization has experienced over 100 collective years of growth and has revolutionised the industry. As the global leader, our proactive systems keep products cleaner, and control odours better by preventing problems before they start. Microban International drives innovation by combining science and creative solutions that enhance high-quality consumer, textile, industrial and medical products around the world. Today, the Microban and Ultra-Fresh brands and our technologies are featured on thousands of products worldwide. The company is headquartered in North Carolina with operations in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.microban.com. © 2023 kdm communications limited Contact Details Microban International Audrey Jestin +44 1480 405333 ideas@kdm-communications.com Company Website https://www.microban.com/

January 24, 2023 05:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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79% Of Americans Drink 2+ Cups Of Coffee Per Day, Survey Finds

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America runs on coffee with the average US adult consuming more than one cup per day, a number which is increasing with more people working from home. After crunching numbers sourced from Statista, the data analysts at Safe Betting Sites have found that 79 percent of coffee drinkers in the US are drinking two or more cups per day when they are at home on a weekday. Meanwhile, 62 percent of coffee drinkers are consuming a to-go coffee at least once per week with 20 percent drinking a to-go coffee every day. Drip coffee remains America’s preferred way to enjoy a cup of joe with 36 percent of respondents saying it was their favorite. More than half of US adults (51 percent) also agreed with the statement that “coffee is a pure pleasure to me”. 79% Of American Coffee Drinkers Are Consuming 2+ Cups Of Coffee Per Day Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans have been working from home, and for some, that means drinking more coffee. According to a recent survey by Statista, 79 percent of American coffee drinkers are consuming at least two cups per day when at home on a weekday. Only 21 percent of respondents said that they drank just one cup of coffee or fewer when at home. The survey, which was sourced from Statista, analyzed the habits of 831 daily coffee drinkers in the US aged 18-74. By comparison, 31 percent of respondents drank 4-6 cups of coffee per day while 20 percent consumed 3 cups and 27 percent consumed 2 cups of coffee per day. 62% Of Coffee Drinkers Buy A To-Go Coffee At Least 1x Per Week Coffee lovers aren’t just drinking coffee when they are at home either. In fact, 44 percent of Americans are drinking a to-go coffee more than once per week. That compares to 21 percent that said they drank one to-go coffee per week and 38 percent that said they drank a to-go coffee less often or even never. Overall, 20 percent of coffee drinkers said that they drank at least one to-go coffee every day. Drip Coffee (36%) Is America’s Favorite Way To Drink Coffee The survey also asked Americans to rate their favorite way to brew their coffee. Good old-fashioned drip coffee remains America’s preferred way to drink coffee with 36 percent of respondents saying it was their favorite. Cappuccino (11 percent), Iced Coffee (10 percent), and Instant Coffee (nine percent) were among the next on the list of America’s favorite way to drink coffee. Drip Coffee — 36% Cappuccino — 11% Iced Coffee — 10% Instant Coffee — 9% 74% Of Americans Drink Coffee Every Day Of course, this isn’t the first time that Statista polled Americans on their coffee drinking habits. The findings confirm another Statista study from the summer. Back in June 2022, Statista asked 1,592 Americans how often they drank coffee. A whopping 73.9 percent of respondents answered “every day” compared to 17.5 percent that responded “most days”. Meanwhile, only 8.5 percent of respondents were occasional coffee drinkers who responded “sometimes”. Coffee Is 2nd-Most Popular Drink After Bottled Water Coffee is still America’s drink of choice, according to a Statista poll that surveyed over 7,500 US adults from October 2021 to September 2022. In fact, only bottled water is consumed by more Americans as their drink of choice (63 percent). Trailing coffee, soft drinks (56 percent), juice (50 percent) and tea (48 percent) were also among the most common beverages consumed by US adults. When it comes to alcohol, beer (25 percent) edged out wine (24 percent) for the most popular alcoholic beverage in the US. Here are the full results from the poll below. Bottled Water — 63% Coffee — 57% Soft Drinks — 56% Juice — 50% Tea — 48% Energy Drinks — 27% Beer — 25% Wine — 24% For full survey data, visit: https://www.safebettingsites.com/2023/01/19/79-of-americans-drink-2-cups-of-coffee-per-day-survey-finds/ Contact Details Finance News Alex Brown alex@financenews.com

January 23, 2023 05:40 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Meta Masters Guild Presale Races Past $1 million with Crypto Gaming Project to See Stage 3 Price Increase

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Exciting new crypto gaming project Meta Masters Guild has now raised more than $1 million in just 12 days since its presale was launched. Such is the interest in MEMAG tokens that the planned stage 3 increase will happen six days ahead of schedule after being triggered by the number of purchases. While MEMAG were priced at $0.010 in stage 2, they will increase by 30% to $0.013 in stage 3. In fact, by the seventh and final stage of the presale, MEMAG will cost $0.023 - meaning those who invest in stage 3 can still see returns of at least 77% before the token is listed on exchanges. Visit Meta Masters Guild Presale Play-and-Earn Not Play-to-Earn for Long Term Growth Meta Masters Guild is promising to be a crypto gaming platform with several significant differences from those that have come before it. Despite the vast potential of GameFi, few P2E projects have been truly successful over a long period for a variety of reasons, including boring games where players lost interest, too much emphasis on grinding for rewards over gameplay and poor rewards mechanics. MMG is developing the world’s first dedicated Web3 mobile gaming platform and will avoid those pitfalls by producing games that have a ‘focus on fun’ over tokenization - games that are play- and -earn, not play- to -earn - and are enjoyable over the long term. Mobile games are cheaper, quicker and easier to produce than AAA-rated games and are also much more profitable given that they are more attractive to casual players. Newzoo research showed that in 2022, mobile gaming ($92.2 billion) was worth more than console ($51 billion) and PC ($38 billion) gaming combined and will likely be worth at least $103 billion by 2023. Furthermore, MEMAG tokens will not be used for rewards in the Meta Masters Guild ecosystem, thus removing the consistent selling pressure that other P2E tokens have faced. Gems, a second token that exists off-chain, will be used for rewards on the platform and is eanred when unlocking achievements or completing activities. It can also be used to purchase and trade all in-game assets - which are fully ownable as NFTs - and be converted back to MEMAG. Visit Meta Masters Guild Presale Meta Kart Racers Aiming for Top Spot Meta Kart Racers is one of three games currently in development in the MMG ecosystem with the developers aiming for it to be the most-played crypto game of the year. The game sees players purchase and upgrade drivers and karts and race against others in player-vs-player battles for the chance to win Gem rewards and take home the Meta Kart Championship. Meta Kart Racers also has a single-player mode where players can earn rare NFTs to use in other game modes. The NFT assets, such as karts and drivers, are usable in the game and totally owned by the players, as well as being rendered in full 3D. Data from Statista also shows that racing games are one of the fastest-growing and most popular sectors of the mobile gaming industry. Meta Kart Racers is already in advanced stages of its development and has been produced by Gamearound, which recently developed a game for billion-dollar fashion retailer Boohoo. Visit Meta Masters Guild Presale Meta Masters World and Raid NFT Two more games are currently in the early stages of their development on the Meta Masters Guild platform. Gamearound is also producing another game, Meta Masters World, a metaverse currently at the concept stage. It is an open-world game with little structure with players having few limitations on what they can do - players are free to explore, collect resources and complete missions, as well as interact with other players. Raid NFT is a turn-based fantasy fighting game that sees players choose a warrior class and battles others in hostile environments - it too has both PVP and solo modes. Meta Masters Guild is also developing a bustling central marketplace where players can buy, sell and exchange their in-game NFT assets and will also invite other developers and indie games studios to join their ecosystem. Visit Meta Masters Guild Presale How to Buy MEMAG As mentioned above, the MEMAG token presale is now heading into stage 3. To purchase tokens, buyers must have a crypto wallet such as MetaMask or Trust Wallet, which can be purchased with either ETH or USDT. WIth ETH or USDT in the wallet, simply head to the MMG website, connect, and follow the instructions on screen to complete the purchase of MEMAG. Meta Masters Guild has been developed by a doxxed team that have been KYC verified by CoinSniper, while the MEMAG token has been audited by SolidProof. Of the 1 billion token supply, 35% has been allocated to the presale and another 15% for liquidity and exchanges - there is no vesting period on these tokens and a hard cap of $4.97 million. The remaining supply has been divided between the ecosystem (15%), the marketplace (15%), the company reserve (10%) and the team (10%) - these tokens are vested for between 36 and 48 months. Visit Meta Masters Guild Presale Notes to editors Website: memag.io Social Channels: Twitter | Discord | Facebook | Telegram | YouTube | Instagram Contact Details Finance News Alex Brown alex@financenews.com

January 23, 2023 05:14 PM Eastern Standard Time

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