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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
May 26, 2015 –  Doritos, a PepsiCo Frito-Lay division brand, is making a bold new wager in the U.S. market, so to speak., with the introduction of Doritos Roulette chips in the U.S.
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.
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
June 23, 2015, Toronto – Bell, Rogers, Telus, Koodo and Virgin are backing suretap, an open mobile wallet that was started by Rogers Communications Inc. and spun off into a separate entity, Suretap Wallet LP, late last year. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
They did it to fast food. They did it to parking. They’re going after what are traditionally considered cash-only businesses. And they tell us they’re going to do it to vending.
To understand how Bitcoins can be a viable currency, you must start by accepting two facts pertaining to money. First, money has value because we say so, and second, we physically touch only a very small percentage of our wealth . . . it’s mostly virtual.
In the vending world, going cashless is not about abandoning coins and bills – the lifeblood of the industry – but about giving younger and younger customers the payment options they want.
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.
July 24, 2015, Toronto – Canadian consumer spending rose just over six per cent in the second quarter of 2015 on a year-over-year basis, and restaurant and home improvement spending made impressive gains, according to a report from Moneris.
Customized, branded vending machines with built-in camera, PC and Wi-Fi capabilities, are inviting consumers to interact through 47-inch transparent LCD screens in an Air Miles Canada branding campaign. reports. | READ MORE
June 30, 2015, Chicago – Consumption of meat snacks among adults increased by 18 per cent over the last five years, according to NPD Group snacking research.
June 29, 2015 – Whether the challenges arise from understanding consumer behaviour, developing new flavours, tastes and delivery models, or integrating today’s trends around organic and responsible food production, food and beverage organizations have their work cut out for them, according to consulting firm Kalypso.
June 25, 2015, Edmonton – Edmonton Tourism's Twitter vending machine will hit the open road to Fort McMurray and Saskatoon this summer, enticing visitors to tweet and win prizes such as hotel stays, gift cards and attractions passes.
June 19, 2015, Chicago – Snacking is fundamentally changing the way consumers eat food in America, with 81 per cent of consumers saying they snack at least once a day, says a new white paper.
June 16, 2015, Des Moines, IA – Des Moines stands to be the first city in the United States to have a vending-machine-style, robotic grocery store as part of an experiment to bring healthy food and necessities to a neighbourhood that doesn't have enough. The Des Moines Register reports. | READ MORE
June 11, 2015, Chicago –  Whether salty, savoury or sweet; high, low, or no calories, consumers are looking for snacks that have a perceived health benefit, reports NPD Group.
June 10, 2015, Seattle, WA – While consumers are more conscious of their waistlines, especially regarding calories and sugar intake, some companies are finding a new way to reach out to more customers – by offering less. Macleans reports. | READ MORE
May 29, 2015, New York – Customers want simplicity in the food they buy, which often translates to fewer of the ingredients they can’t actually picture in their head, reports Fortune magazine. | READ MORE
May 29, 2015, Deerfield, IL – Mondelez International's latest report details how the company exceeded many environmental goals and took steps to meet other well-being targets, including being on target to deliver 25 per cent of revenue from Better Choice products by 2020. In 2014, which meet stricter nutrition criteria.
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
June 4, 2015, London, England – Loose tea holds the major market share but packaged tea manufacturers are focusing on increasing their market share by raising the quality of tea and launching different flavours, says a new report on the worldwide market.
June 3, 2015, Dublin, Ireland – Operators can justify the cost of office coffee service by playing up its health benefits, says a new industry report.
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.
The migration north of micro markets, after rapid growth in the U.S., is bringing with it high expectations.
May 8, 2015 – More than one in 10 retirees report they made the decision to semi-retire due to a lack of employment opportunities later in life.
April 6, 2015, St. Paul, MN — A micro market is helping police officers dropping off detainees at the Dakota County Jail in the wee hours get something good, and fresh, to eat, reports. | READ MORE
March 16, 2015, Cold Lake, Alta. – Cold Lake City Council narrowly passed a policy banning the sale of energy drinks, such as Red Bull, Monster and NOS, at all recreation-based facilities operated by the city, the Cold Lake Sun reports. | READ MORE

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