Aurora, Ont. - CAM Packaging president Gareth Kennedy explains the benefits of a unique combination vending and flexible packaging machine. Brand owners and retailers can give consumers the opportunity to select candy, confectionery and other products and have them packaged in various configurations in pouches. The possibilities are endless. See something totally brand new in the video.
Boulder, CO. – Snack manufacturer Made In Nature has created a new lineup of organic snacks made without the use of GMO ingredients, sulphur synthetic preservatives, colour or flavourings, all wrapped up in bold new packaging designs.
Barrie, Ont. - Two years after Beaver Rock Roastery's recyclable coffee pod won the Most Innovative Product in Canada at the Grocery Innovation Show, the company has refined its assembly process and is now selling 16 products and offering to produce private-label pods for other companies, Simcoe.com reports. |READ MORE
Calgary – Vending operators using Android mobile devices will now have access to PayLab Newtorks' free DexLink web-based vending management system software.
Welch's Global Ingredients Group has added 100 per cent Niagara grape juice to its juice range, and the Niagara grape to its Wlech's FruitWorx inclusions range.
Parlevel Systems, a provider of vending management solutions (VMS), has launched a complete micro market solution. Parlevel’s micro market is designed to be a top to bottom hardware and software solution that provides operators with all of the necessary tools to successfully implement and manage a micro market operation.
PayRange, maker of mobile payment solution for machines, introduced its newest device, BluKey Smart, in conjunction with the kick-off of the 2016 Amusement Expo in Las Vegas. This addition to the PayRange hardware product line is designed to work with amusement machines and other types of machines that accept payments. PayRange was awarded two Innovator Awardsfor their BluKeySmart mobile payment device and for their Dynamic Pricing function for amusement machines at the expo.
Los Angeles - AVT has developed a new style of automated micro store that takes several automated retailing concepts, and combines them into one consumer-friendly superstore.
KonaRed will begin rolling out its ready-to-drink cold brew coffees, available in Original Signature Blend and Hawaiian Vanilla.
Kellogg Canada will debut six products in January, each intending to reflect new and emerging consumer needs and preferences, with a focus on providing great taste with real flavours and recognizable ingredients. The new products fall under the brands Kellogg's Special K, Kellogg's Mini-Wheats and Pringles.
Life in Green offers cups made specifically for vending machines and tested to work with the most widely distributed drop mechanisms from North America and Europe’s major manufacturers such as Crane, Automatic Product, Saeco and De Jong Duke, says the company.
Covered Bridge of Hartland, N.B., has a line of potato chips made from russet potatoes. The skin is left on to deliver more nutrients and the natural sugar content gives the chip a golden to dark brown colour, says the company’s website.
Entrepreneur Richard Zinck’s latest venture has him thinking of how to do micro markets differently. Loyalty Markets has tapped into technology, abandoned the need for a warehouse and developed a system for training its customers with a free credit.
Albert and Sophie Eskow aren’t your typical retirees. Instead of walking the beach and playing golf in sunny Florida, this hard working couple dedicates 12-hour days to their business, Alberta Vending Services, located in Leduc, Alta. Tending to over 400 vending machines in nearby Edmonton and the surrounding area, they drive their route together each day, and say they are happy to be doing the work they love.
Condo dwellers who run out of milk typically have two options: do without or dash out. But at a growing number of Toronto condos, there’s a third option: pop down to their building’s common area and pick up cream, bread or eggs from a vending machine. Providing that kind of convenience is the motivation behind Grab’nGo Vending’s Micro Shops – small footprint automated kiosks that sell basic grocery items and essentials.
Ryan Company Ltd. is a fourth-generation family business that provides vending and office coffee service across much of British Columbia. Though its history spans nearly eight decades, Ryan Vending is a progressive company, firmly rooted in the present and always with an eye on the future.
A PET bottle-collecting machine that pays users through their smart phones? An app that you can use to order pickup of recyclable items from your home? One Beijing company is trying to bring recycling into the “smart” era – and make money at it. Plastic News reports. | READ MORE
May 8, 2015 – The Stewart family is synonymous with Savco Food Services Ltd., a small company that, over 53 years, has built an enviable reputation for high-quality service you’d expect from a small-town business.
After a year at the helm of CAMA, Ed Kozma shares insights gained from his experience in the vending industry.
When Dana Clarke couldn’t find what she was looking for, she did what most others would not think to do: she designed it herself.
Sept. 2, 2014, St. Catharines, Ont. – Two university graduates have started a coffee-packaging business that creates private-label coffee pods for smaller companies, reports The Brock News. | READ MORE Gabriel MarchiondaTw Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf
Aug. 21, 2014, St. Catharines, Ont. – Kane’s Distributing, which has had its hand in almost every aspect of the vending industry, marks its 60th birthday this month.
Chuck Pifko joined Can-West Vending Distributors just five years ago, and has now become the owner of the Calgary-based business.
Twenty-five years ago, Greg Suitor’s uncle asked him how much people would pay for bottled water.
Toronto – Canadian fintech company nanoPay Corperation today launched its MintChip digital cash platform.
Ottawa – A Canadian company has created a mobile app that lets users receive and pay with change using their phones. ChangeJar launched its mobile payment platform for loose change at several cafes and other merchants in Ottawa last month.
Expanded Technologies has added vending machine Floor Savers to its line of Floor Saver products, which help prevent floor damage and allow machines to be moved with less effort.
Ottawa – Learn about the security features of the $20 note commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s historic reign. The note has special design elements, says The Bank of Canada | READ MORE
Ottawa – The Bank of Canada has begun circulating a $20 note commemorating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Williston, SC – Crane Merchandising Systems is now accepting Android Pay, the new mobile payment system for Android phone users rolled out earlier this week.
Ottawa – The Bank of Canada on Sept. 9 will present and begin circulating a $20 note commemorating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Ottawa – While slightly below the same period in 2014, results of $34.9 million in pre-tax profits for the Royal Canadian Mint's second quarter demonstrate another quarter of strong performance, the Mint said in a news release.
Schaumberg, Ill. – Credit and debit card processor Moneris Solutions has completed EMV certification of Verifone’s line of unattended payment devices, allowing merchants to adopt secure unattended payment that readies them for EMV and NFC payment acceptance.
Toronto – Samsung Electronics has confirmed that its new mobile payments platform, Samsung Pay, will be made available for Canadians to use — eventually. The Financial Post reports. | READ MORE
Williston, S.C. – Consumers at MEDIA vending machines will now have a new way to pay as Crane Merchandising Systems has added near field communication (NFC) capability to its integrated cashless solution for BevMAX and Merchant Media.
Toronto – Nymi, TD Bank Group and MasterCard, have announced completion of what they're calling the first wearable credit card payment that is biometrically authenticated using one's heartbeat.
The blurring of lines between a meal and a snack continues as more and more busy Canadians skip traditional sit-down meals in favour of something they can grab on the go or at work. Of course, this is good news for vending companies who are ready with what those busy snack-meal eaters want.
Consumers can be a demanding bunch. I want health! I want taste! I want convenience! I want it all! Consumers can also be a confusing bunch, which is what happens when willpower meets want versus need. In turn, it can be difficult to figure out what to offer people trying to balance health and taste, except for the fact that sales tend to speak for themselves.
Winnipeg - From tech start-ups to big corporations, employers are looking at creating more flexibility with health and wellness plans for their growing millennial staff. The Winnipeg Free Press reports. |READ MORE
La Jolla, CA – Most people eat for 15 hours or longer, with less than a quarter of the day’s calories being consumed before noon and more than a third consumed after 6 p.m., says a recent study published in Cell Metabolism. The Salk Institute for Biological Studies reports. | READ MORE
Snacking is changing its image.
People are waking up to the idea they shouldn’t skip breakfast.
Chicago – Single-person households in the U.S. are 38 million strong and growing, which stands to reason why this group has an impact on snacking in terms of eating behaviours, packaging, and marketing, reports The NPD Group.
Waterbury, VT – Keurig Green Mountain and Campbell Soup Company have launched a single-cup soup that comes in two varieties and can be brewed in Keurig hot brewers.
Minneapolis – General Mills will remove artificial colours and flavours from its Fruit Snacks. The move comes two months after the company announced it would phase out artificial colours and flavours in cereal, its biggest U.S. product line. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – In what may be the shape of fast-food retail to come, McDonald’s has begun rolling out self-serve kiosks at locations in Canada, but the company says the move is not a threat to job security. The Huffington Post Canada reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Growing demand for more origin and nutrition information about the products we buy could mean the end of the simple bar code, The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are the most popular platform for gaming, with half of Americans playing video games on mobile devices, rather than on dedicated gaming consoles, says new research from Mintel.
The North American office coffee service (OCS) industry has been rocked by a standard that has had a profound effect on the way we make coffee. Cup by cup in a cartridge has shifted the paradigm of coffee brewing where even the smallest of offices now have choice in what consumers drink.
I saw a new and unusual vending machine at the movie theatre the other day that got me thinking. It dispensed candy – no big change up there – but how it dispensed candy intrigued me. I had to try it! I followed the instructions on the screen, watched the unit dispense the bulk candy into a specially labelled bag, and then it sealed the bag and it was mine.
About two years ago, the Colombian Coffee Federation introduced a hybrid tree to the country’s select plantations which used genes from “acer nigrum”, better known as the Black Maple, melded into “Coffea Arabica Typica”, also known as Arabica Coffee. The idea behind the hybrid was to naturally derive a maple-flavoured coffee.
Canada - After years of rising sales, demand for Keurig's machines and coffee pods seems to be cooling, reports CBC News. |READ MORE
Tea is the most popular beverage in the world, aside from plain water, according to the Tea Association of Canada. Canadians drink almost 10 billion cups of tea each year (83 litres per person x 4 cups per litre x Canadian population 34,755,634 – those who are 15 and younger 5,644,800).
The Coffee Association of Canada/Café Association du Canada will hold its annual conference Nov. 17 in Toronto.
Chicago – Retail sales of cold brew reflect its expanding role in the U.S. coffee category with estimated 115 per cent growth from the year prior, reaching $7.9 million in sales, according to research from Mintel.
Many years ago, there was a buzz in the scientific community around the possibility of cold fusion, a process that would allow for an inexpensive and clean way of generating energy.
Tea is the most popular beverage in the world, aside from plain water. According to the Tea Association of Canada, Canadians drink almost 10 billion cups of tea each year (83 litres per person x 4 cups per litre x Canadian population 34,755,634 – those who are 15 and younger 5,644,800).
Waterbury, CT – Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. has launched its KOLD system, which allows consumers to freshly make cold carbonated and non-carbonated beverages at home, the company said in a news release.
Kelowna, B.C. – Canada's Laguna Blends recently debuted on the public markets, having done a reverse takeover into what was formerly Grenadier Resources alongside an announcement that its primary product SKU has been approved by Health Canada as a Natural Health Product. Stockhouse.com reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – The Coffee Association of Canada will sponsor both the Canadian Barista Championship and the Canadian Latte Art Championship, taking place at The Canadian Coffee & Tea Show Oct. 4-5, 2015 in Vancouver.
It is my pleasure to submit my first message as CAMA president. CAMA Expo 2015, held in Niagara Falls, was a resounding success and served as an opportunity for industry members to make their voices heard. We learned that micro markets are indeed on everyone’s radar and this added a new and appreciated element to the show floor.
In 2012, Jim Jackson stepped into the wrong elevator in a Las Vegas hotel. In hindsight, it turned out to be the right one after all.
I’d bet many of the most lucrative opportunities are treated first as fairy dust before the trailblazers start making bricks of gold. It’s the nature of humanity to be skeptical of change, to be wary of doing things differently. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” is an adage so familiar it may be a little broke itself these days. The business climate is one of swift change and a continual push for bigger, for better, for more profits and more efficiency.
Despite the challenges of providing nutritious and tasty options that the health and wellness trend has caused in the vending industry, leading Canadian and American workplaces are realizing the many physical and financial benefits that come with a healthier workforce, prompting a shift in corporate policies. Healthy workplaces are no longer an afterthought, but rather the focus.
The new manager walks into the conference room. The several staff members turn and look at each other expressing obvious shock over is youthfulness. He begins to tell the staff that he is only instituting one new change: they are going to begin online marketing using LinkedIn.
Industry veteran and longtime Canadian Vending columnist David Murphy weighs in on the areas of growth where large vending and OCS operations often fall short and smaller operations can gain an edge.
Ann Arbor, MI – Materials Recovery for the Future is a new alliance of U.S. trade groups and companies that has announced new research aimed at improving sorting methods to recover more flexible packaging for recycling. Recycling Today reports. | READ MORE
Simcoe, Ont. – The rapid increase in electricity costs in the past five years has been challenging for business. Politics, clean-energy initiatives and the economy – they all affect the energy market and they have all had their part to play in rising prices.
Mississauga, Ont. – The Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association has announced the 2015 recipients of the vending and office coffee industry’s highest awards.
Guelph, Ont. – Four pilot mini-markets at an auto-parts supply company in Guelph, Ont., are experiencing strong sales after loading employees' cards with credit. The Financial Post reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – Participants in the National Automatic Merchandising Association's first Fly-in in late July met with 62 per cent of the U.S. Senate and 29 per cent of the U.S. House of Representatives on a variety of topics, including calorie disclosure and small business regulatory flexibility.
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