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The Total Lite 1 bean-to-cup coffee machine, part of Cafection Entreprise’s Innovation Series, features three whole-bean hoppers, three canisters and an interactive screen.
Plano, TX – Canadian specialty flavour Ruffles All Dressed potato chips will be available to Americans for a limited time.
Eagle Packaging Machinery, a manufacturer of case erecting, tray forming and robotic palletizing technology, has launched a case-packing system that allows one person to load coffee pod containers into corrugated cases.
New York, NY – A revamped Diet Pepsi without aspartame is popping up on store shelves in the U.S. But Canadians won't be seeing the new format. Diet Pepsi in Canada will continue to be sweetened with aspartame, The Canadian Press reports. | READ MORE
London, UK – Buoyed by surging volumes in emerging markets, particularly of bottled water, soft drinks have gained global “share of throat” steadily from 2009-14, according to a Euromonitor International report.
Minneapolis, MN – General Mills new product lineup, set to debut this summer, features products designed to align with growing consumer interest in wellness.
LAI Games has released the Snapshot 2, a photo booth designed to appeal to ‘generation Z,’ the under-18 crowd.
During the recent Sweets & Snacks Expo, the National Confectioners Association awarded 45 Most Innovative New Product Award nominations on companies showcasing imaginative ideas, concepts and products in confectionery and snacks.
July 6, 2015, Saskatoon, Sask. – In recent years, universities, colleges and school boards across the country have outlawed selling bottled water on school property. Yet, to the aggravation of environmentalists, bottled water is not just surviving, but thriving. Maclean's reports. | READ MORE
June 24, 2015 – Bunn-O-Matic Corp. has a single-serve coffeemaker that brews K-Cup packs, ground coffee, tea pods or bags and loose tea.
June 22, 2015 – Charlotte, N.C.-based Tropical Foods is introducing a new line of yogurt pretzel bags available in seven different flavours.
Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods has launched Coconut Oil Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, a kettle-style potato chip cooked exclusively in better-for-you coconut oil.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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:
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.
From time to time, it’s necessary to expect the unexpected. Although Lorna Garratt had other plans, change has kept the St. Catharines, Ont., native on her toes and thriving.
It may say general manager on Darren Nickle’s business card, but that’s only because there’s not enough room to list all the hats this jack-of-all-trades wears.
Making a sale isn’t easy, especially in the turbulent economy most businesses are operating in these days.
February 3, 2012, Halifax – When she drafted her first business plan for a healthy vending company, April Glavine was a Saint Mary’s University business student with a passion for eating well. Fast-forward a dozen years and today that ambitious business student is an award-winning entrepreneur with hundreds of branded vending machines operating across Canada.
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.
Calgary, Alta. – City Coin Vending Services has adopted Cantaloupe's Seed Office as its vending management system.
Archetype Ltd. of New Jersey has launched Flood Buzz and Flood Buzz Pro, two water leak alarms it says are loud, effective, easy to use and inexpensive.
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
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.
Otago, New Zealand – Research out of a New Zealand campus suggests the fact that food packaging has front-of-pack labelling influences consumers to buy regardless of whether the product is labelled good or bad. Public Health Nutrition reports. | READ MORE
Burlington, Ont. – Retailer IKEA Canada is marking the arrival of its 2016 catalogue with a campaign that includes mobile social vending machines at stores across the Canada.
London, U.K. – The daily addition of a high-protein breakfast has better efficacy at improving free-living glycemic control compared with a no-protein breakfast in overweight/obese, but otherwise healthy, "breakfast skipping" adolescents, says a study published in the International Journal of Obesity. | READ MORE
Chicago – While the carbonated soft drink category is facing consumer perception challenges, opportunities exist to strengthen brand trust, authenticity and experience through trending natural and craft segments, suggests a report from research firm Mintel.
New York – The Coca-Cola Co has bankrolled researchers to promote a new mantra of staying healthy by exercising more and worrying less about dropping calories, last year providing as much as $1.5 million to the Global Energy Balance Network for its launch. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
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. 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.
Bogota, Columbia – The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation’s Extension Service has determined that El Niño has affected a significant portion of the country’s total productive coffee-growing hectares.
Bogota, Colombia – Colombia, the world’s leading producer of mild washed Arabica coffee, produced 1.3 million 60-kilogram coffee bags in August 2015, signalling a 10 per cent increase compared to the bags produced during August 2014.
Waterbury, Vt. – A move by Keurig aimed at expanding into Europe may also benefit the company through a U.S. tax code exemption that for many years has benefited Starbucks Corp. and other U.S. companies who trade in some commodities. The Financial Post reports. | READ MORE 
Vancouver – Starting Sept. 8, Starbucks will offer customers in Canada Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk, VanCity Buzz reports. | READ MORE
Quebec City – Consumers of Tassimo's single-use coffee pods no longer have the option to recycle them in many regions of Quebec, including the provincial capital. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Waterbury, VT, and Milan, Italy – Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has signed a multi-year agreement to offer Italy's Illy brand and its signature Illy blend coffee for K-Cup pods in Canada and the United States.
Princeton, NJ – Coffee shops are reportedly the fastest-growing segment of the restaurant industry, yet the percentage of Americans who regularly drink coffee hasn't budged, says the latest Gallup poll. | READ MORE
Vancouver – Registration is now open for education sessions at this year’s Canadian Coffee & Tea Show, to take place in Vancouver Oct. 4 and 5.
Malmo, Sweden – Business funder Y Combinator is backing Wheelys, a European startup that has built an entire, compact cafe contained upon a bicycle. Tech Crunch reports. | READ MORE
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.
July 6, 2015, Washington – On July 2, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to prohibit certain uses of chemicals that significantly contribute to climate change in favour of safer, more climate-friendly alternatives.
Fresh Healthy Vending International will be showcasing both its new Fresh Micro Market concept along with its latest vending machine innovation at the International Franchise Expo at the Javits Center in New York City from June 18-20.
May 21, 2015, Niagara Falls, Ont. – “Innovate, Integrate, Motivate” is the theme of the 2015 CAMA trade show and conference set for Oct. 15-17 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.
May 15, 2015, Cerritos, CA –Olea Kiosks has launched the California and the Carolina, two new kiosk enclosures engineered for the needs of micro market developers and operators.
In this video from V365 Technologies Ltd., market researcher Brad Bachtelle says once U.K. customers are familiar with the vending/c-store hybrids, they love the experience.
The Canadian Truck King Challenge has concerned itself with real-world pickup truck testing since 2006 – and still does.
A key priority for the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association (CAMA) is looking at the long-term trends and the position of our association in order to adapt to the future needs of the industry

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