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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.
June 9, 2015, Purchase, NY – PepsiCo plans to introduce a line of fountain craft sodas, called "Stubborn Soda," The new sodas will be made with natural flavours and will not contain high-fructose corn syrup, according to Beverage-Digest. Business Insider reports. | READ MORE
June 1, 2015, Vancouver – Clearly Canadian, a flavoured, sparkling spring water sold in the 1980s and ’90s, is seeking support from fans to re-introduce the drink to the market.
May 27, 2015, Watertown, MA – According to a report from Cowen and Company covering Nielsen xAOC sales data, the carbonated soft drink category saw volume fall by 2.7 per cent in the 12-week-period ending May 16, despite posting dollar sales growth of 1.5 per cent. BevNet reports. | READ MORE
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.
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.
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.
The Canadian banking industry has published a white paper highlighting the need to maintain the highest level of payment security, promote competition and support innovation for the benefit of Canadian consumers and retailers.
July 14, 2015, San Francisco, CA – A new report by MEF identifies nine significant mobile money concerns and trends in mobile payment.  | READ MORE
Manulife Bank of Canada has announced it will expand its current fleet of bank machines by 830, installing the new ABMs in Mac's, Couche-Tard and Circle K convenience stores by the end of September. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
June 26, 2015, San Jose, CA – Card and digital payment provider PayRange has received $12 million in Series A funding, led by Matrix Partners, to modernize the $45-billion vending industry.
June 25, 2015, Los Angeles – AVT, Inc. has introduced a Multi-Shopper Smart Vending System with an eight-inch touchscreen interface that displays nutritional and product information and is FDA-compliant for the sale of perishable items.
June 24, 2015, Ottawa – A long-anticipated report published by the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce has called for a "regulatory light touch" on bitcoin and digital currencies, CoinDesk 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
Toronto – The Toronto Public Library hopes to roll out a book-lending machine at Union Station by the end of the year. If it’s successful, more could be on their way, The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
London, U.K. – According to a global survey conducted by Canadean in 2015, six out of 10 respondents find products that remind them of their childhood and simpler times either very appealing or appealing. Due to its indulgent nature, confectionery – a global market worth US$174,738.55 million in 2014 – is one of the go-to products that help consumers relax and alleviate feelings of stress.
Cologne, Germany – ISM 2016, a European trade fair for sweets and snacks, will highlight snacking, to-go and breakfast segments in themed pavilions and include a cupping counter.
Chicago – Forty-six per cent of U.S. students, up from 37 per cent in 2013, say it is important that the foodservice locations they visit are socially and environmentally responsible.
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
A Canadian startup has come up with a product it calls the original coffee-leaf tea, which has the body of black tea with the sweetness of rooibos. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
June 30, 2015, Toronto – While cold-brew coffee has been around for years it has recently moved from the fringes to the mainstream, with even Starbucks offering it at selected stores in the U.S. and Canada. Metro News reports. | READ MORE
June 22, 2015, Toronto – A new review of 20 years of research, co-authored by Canadian and U.S. researchers, concludes that drinking coffee can significantly curb the seriousness of liver cirrhosis – and even lower the risk of contracting a deadly cancer, The National Post reports. | READ MORE
June 20, 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Brazil's agriculture minister travelled to Miami last week to try to increase the sale of Brazilian coffee to restaurant chains Burger King and Tim Hortons, the ministry said in a statement. Reuters reports. | READ MORE
June 18, 2015, Toronto – Single-serve coffee may be a better choice for the world’s environment than traditional brewed coffee for most coffee drinkers. That’s the surprising finding of new research commissioned by a packaging company on the environmental impacts of coffee throughout all steps of its life cycle.
June 11, 2015, London, U.K. – The International Coffee Organization flagged a significant rise in coffee inventories in Vietnam, the second-ranked producing country, despite restating expectations of a hefty world coffee output shortfall this season. Agrimoney reports. | READ MORE
June 7, 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Scientists writing in the journal ScienceDirect find rising nighttime temperatures in the coffee growing region of Tanzania led to a drop in yields for the Arabica bean crop. Yahoo Finance 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
Great ideas are born when a market gap is addressed, but sometimes those gaps appear only when other products and services disappear.

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