While big soda brands still lead the charge
Angie Hargraves has a personal connection to the shift towards healthy food choices
Condo dwellers who run out of milk
most lucrative opportunities are treated first as fairy dust
Snack Factory has launched a new variety of its Pretzel Crisps flat-baked pretzel crackers: Organic Original Pretzel Crisps.
Brand Vending has released a bulk vending machine for one-inch items that looks like fun and is easy to use for operators and young customers.
Canadian operators can now upgrade their AMI jukeboxes by adding a Music Video Kit to connect their NGX digital jukebox models to nearby televisions.
Caffè Milani's new Action Espresso Bio blend of biological coffee was recently awarded a gold medal at the 2016 International Coffee Tasting in Italy.
A dual-purpose meringue kiss sweetener that can melt in your coffee or hot drink and also be enjoyed as an ultra-low calorie sweet treat will debut at the ISM show in Cologne, Germany, next week.
Mississauga, Ont. – Several of Kellogg Canada's newest products feature quinoa, dark chocolate, mixed nuts, real fruit pieces and fibre.
Philadelphia, PA – Mars Drinks is introducing the Mars Drinks Aroma, a compact single-serve brewer for small workspaces that creates more than 100 café-style drink options, from coffees and cappuccinos to hot chocolates and soups.
Route4Me has added an auto check-in feature for drivers to its route sequencing and optimization platform that is ideal for companies whose drivers have to visit many destinations per day.
Eight O’Clock has introduced its Infusions line of coffees blended with added ingredients for different consumer preferences.
LonoLife has a line of single-serve K-Cup broths designed to appeal to health-conscious customers who want a healthy savoury meal option when they are on the go.
Coca-Cola in Canada has launched a diet cola that has 50 per cent fewer calories than regular colas and is sweetened from a blend of stevia extract and cane sugar.
La Spaziale of Italy will have its new S15 coffee machine on display at the TriestEspresso Expo in late October.
Lewiston, NY – Ted Morton founded Casco Bay Vending in Lewiston in 2008 with two employees and a vision. The Business Sun Journal reports. | READ MORE
Lorna Kane is a superwoman in the vending industry. The owner and sales manager for Kane's Distributing Ltd. based in St. Catharines, Ont., Kane is the 2016 recipient of the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association's Don Storey Memorial Award. She is also the first female to receive the honour.
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.
Hermosa Beach, CA – Virtual Piggy is working with Univest Bank & Trust Company on a child-focused payment application and services designed to empower children 17 and under to become direct buyers with regulatory and parental controls built in. Finextra reports. | READ MORE
Emeryville, CA – Redpark Product Development is now shipping what it calls the industry’s first DEX Cable for iPhone and iPad.
London, U.K. – When the new polymer five-pound notes entered circulation last September in U.K., the Bank of England claimed that the new notes would provide a better alternative to their previous paper counterparts. However, certain studies said otherwise. EPPN reports. | READ MORE
Alpharetta, GA – Ingenico Group recently reported more than 200 per cent year-over-year growth in shipments of its suite of iSelf Series solutions as a result of new additions to the Ingenico Group Unattended Partner Program.
Alberta – People and businesses in southern Alberta are being warned about counterfeit money. Fake bills have been turning up in small towns surrounding Calgary more frequently in the past few months. Global News reports. | READ MORE
San Jose, CA – Payments and commerce company Verifone is collaborating with FIS, a financial services and payment technology manufacturer, to allow consumers to pay with loyalty points linked to their credit or debit cards at the point of sale.
Iuliana Nita of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics summarizes regulations affecting materials that come in contact with food substances and suggests ways food processors and providers can meet those standards.
Toronto – Toronto-based CCL Industries will pay $1.13 billion to buy its British rival Innovia in a bid to become one of the world's biggest makers of polymer banknotes. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – One eminent Canadian woman will be named as the face of the next regularly circulating bank note on Dec. 8.
Orlando, FL – USA Technologies today launched its Universal Card Link Connector, which lets amusement and arcade operators connect cashless payment options such as credit card, debit card and mobile wallet (such as Apple Pay and Android Pay) to their equipment with the ease of a single cable.
Ottawa – Canada’s finance minister said Wednesday that the government will conduct an assessment of the fees charged to merchants by Visa and MasterCard to ensure that they have met their promise to voluntarily reduce rates. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Scottsdale, AR – Wireless transaction processor Apriva's payments solution now integrates with ITC Systems campus card products.
Atlantic Canada – When the skies turn grey and the wind howls along the eastern coastline, shoppers head to supermarkets and convenience stores, to stock up on the essentials. But in the Atlantic provinces, there’s a new bad-weather staple: storm chips. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – A 24/7 kiosk in Vancouver that dispenses stamps with images of Group of Seven paintings has drawn collectors who recognize that the stamps it prints are rare and available only from that machine. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
U.K. and Brazil – During a recent commentary on current research and policy into sweetened drinks, researchers from universities in London and Brazil argued that sugar-free and “diet” drinks offer no more help when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight than their full-sugar counterparts. Nutrition Insight reports. | READ MORE
London, Ont. – Breakfast is front and centre in McCormick & Company's 2017 Flavour Forecast, which highlights adventurous breakfast options, versatile eggs, and peppery foods as food trends to watch.
Narita, Japan – A bank of 325 capsule toy vending machines installed at Narita International Airport near Tokyo have become magnets for foreign visitors, with the manufacturer reporting per-machine sales at the airport of more than three times the average for such machines across Japan. The Japan Times reports. | READ MORE
Baltimore, MD – Roasted seaweed snacks, refrigerated nutrition bars and whole milk products are among products exhibited at Expo East in Baltimore that illustrate that illustrate the trend toward healthy snack and confectionery products. Candy Industry reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – Demand for natural beverages will grow as Canadians become more health-conscious, according to a new report from Technomic Inc.
London, UK – A company called Engagement Labs recently employed a tool known as TotalSocial to examine consumer conversations about brands and categories. The company found that while people seem to be talking about regular soft drinks, talk about diet soft drinks is starting to fizzle out. Bravo reports. | READ MORE
Barrie, Ont. – Members of SimCoLab, a Barrie, Ont., technology club, are looking to clone a soft drink vending machine based on the innovative Dash’N’Drink machine out of the U.S. Simcoe.com reports. | READ MORE
London, UK – Growth of healthy snacks rose by seven per cent in 2014-15 compared to "conventional" snacks, which increased by only five per cent, according to a recent presentation by research firm Euromonitor.
Littleton, MA – A vending machine is part of a system that allows the service department at a car dealership to monitor and control its distribution of shop supplies, manage technicians’ use of expensive tools, enhance the productivity of service and parts employees, eliminate lines at the parts desk and save time and money. Tire Business reports. | READ MORE
While big soda brands still lead the charge in the Canadian beverage market, consumer demand for healthier products and sustainable packaging are making an impact on the industry.
Stanford, CA – A recently published Stanford University School of Medicine study suggests caffeine consumption counters the chronic inflammation responsible for more than 90 per cent of many cardiovascular and other age-related diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Market Watch reports. | READ MORE
Waterbury, CT – Keurig Green Mountain has launched a dedicated website designed to help purchasers shop for coffee and beverage options in their workplace.
Bogota, Colombia – Colombia will host the first World Coffee Producers Forum in July to bring together key players of the coffee chain and of the global industry to discuss the main challenges of the coffee sector, the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation said in a news release.
New York – Millennials’ seemingly unquenchable thirst for coffee is helping to push global demand to a record just as supplies are tightening, according to research from Bloomberg News. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Two Ottawa-area entrepreneurs have created a coffee brewer for outdoor enthusiasts in the shape of a pipe, or as they call it, a bripe. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Starbucks Canada will launch a signature Nitro Cold Brew at its Brookfield Place store in Toronto, with more locations to come across Canada over the next several months.
Seattle and Toronto – Cedar Grove Composting, a major composter in Washington State, is now accepting 100 per cent compostable single-serve coffee pods in the PῧrPod100 format from its Seattle-area office and commercial customers.
Toronto – The City of Toronto will study compostable pods in its waste diversion programs with an eye toward making sure they are recycled and not entering the regular garbage stream.
Victoria – Costa Rican coffee farmers are planting 10,000 free trees as part of an initiative to tackle climate change launched by Canadian company World Tree. The specially selected Empress Splendor trees provide much-needed shade for their organically grown coffee and a new revenue stream for the farmers.
Canada – Out of 80 countries, Canada ranked No. 1 in 2015 when tallying up how many litres of coffee per capita we drank at food service locations. The country also scored third highest for the total amount of brewed coffee we consumed both inside and outside the home, according to research from international marketing company Euromonitor. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
London, Ont. — Researchers from Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ont., have released a study showing cup of coffee could be adversely affecting diagnosis and treatment for high blood pressure. Western University reports. | READ MORE
Why would you tweet something to the person sitting at the desk right next to you? If you have to ask this question, you are probably not a Millennial. Millennials (also known as Gen Y-ers) are people born in the 1980s and 1990s.
Whether you work in vending, office coffee service or micro markets, your website needs to meet some key objectives. Marketing pro Marc Gordon highlights five tasks your company's website should accomplish.
On behalf of the CAMA Board of Directors, I want to extend best wishes and thoughts for all those across Canada; particularly those in Alberta who were faced with terrible fires in May and June and with flooding late July to early August.
You have ambition and drive. You want to advance in your career, and you’d prefer to do it sooner rather than later. The good news is that no matter where you are in your career, you can begin accelerating your professional development by taking three simple steps – and you can start today. All you need to do is integrate the steps below into your daily routine and commit to continuously learn and grow as a professional.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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China International Vending Machines & Self-service Facilities Fair 2017 Wed Mar 01, 2017 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
Amusement ExpoTue Mar 14, 2017 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
Expovending & OCSWed Mar 22, 2017 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
NAMA OneShowWed Apr 19, 2017 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
Global Specialty Coffee ExpoThu Apr 20, 2017 @ 8:00am - 05:00pm
Canada Night at NAMA OneShowThu Apr 20, 2017 @ 5:00pm - 07:00pm