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.
Toronto – Cineplex announced it is buying U.S.-based Tricorp Amusements Inc., a provider of interactive video, redemption and amusement gaming services.
McSweeney's Premium Jerky & Meat Snacks has introduced Pep' N Cheddies, a pepperoni and cheddar cheese sticks pack. 
Purchase, NY – Lay's Chalet Sauce potato chips are available for a limited time in participating Swiss Chalet restaurant locations.
Toronto - General Mills launched a new line of Fibre 1 bars that the company says will allow Canadian consumers to have their cake and eat it too. The new Fibre 1 Cheesecake Bars are available in Key Lime and Chocolate flavours and are 150 calories per bar.
Mississauga, Ont. - General Mills Canada Corporation is offering five of its Cheerios cereal products gluten free.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Ottawa – The central bank of Canada has published a new working paper that suggests its researchers believe digital currency exchange rates will become less volatile should adoption increase. CoinDesk reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Canadian financial technology company nanoPay Corporation has launched its MintChip digital cash platform for smartphones and tablets.
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.
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. 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.
Angie Hargraves has a personal connection to the shift towards healthy food choices in vending merchandisers. The industry veteran, who has worked for Toronto-based Vending Products of Canada for 16 years, was severely obese just two years ago.
Winnipeg – Four health-conscious entrepreneurs have launched Protein My Way, an innovative vending machine business that provides fresh, all-natural protein shakes. CanStar Community News reports. | READ MORE
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
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Australia – Climate change is already putting production and cost pressures on the supply of coffee in significant parts of the world’s "bean belt" of coffee producing countries, suggests a new report.
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.
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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.
As the president of the association, I am asked to do many things and writing articles for the trade magazine is one of them.  This is not always an easy task as you want the content of the article to be meaningful to industry patrons and a creative thought can be just beyond your grasp. So as I sit and contemplate ideas, I tend to start with a catchy (sometimes hokey) title, tie it to an industry message and draw inspiration from there. Current national news and events tend to dominate the water cooler conversations, along with the political climate of an upcoming election and corresponding spin that accompanies it. Or the economic condition of the country. Or what happened on “Big Brother” last night.  Needless to say, when people have the opportunity to share their opinions or thoughts with other likeminded people, relationships are fostered and professional/personal mutual benefits occur.  Unfortunately, these water cooler moments do not occur in many small vending companies as there is not the abundance of staff sitting in the office and there is no water cooler other than the one that can be found at the client’s location.      Whether or not you believe the political pundits who say that Stephen Harper is asleep at the switch of our economy or that Justin Trudeau is too green to be the next prime minister, there is a sense that change is most likely coming, or at minimum a compromise on current or future policy. Not knowing the future, but in times of uncertainty, it is wise to find a safe harbour and be aware of the potential impacts change can have.  CAMA has remained front and centre to protect the interests of our industry and is seen as the industry stakeholder by the government. We work for the benefit of all in the industry (member or non-member) but we are only as strong as our member involvement. Having a greater membership base makes us stronger in numbers and offers a broader cross-section of thought leadership.  The CAMA board and staff have worked hard to keep the membership abreast of the latest national events that affect the industry and have been successful in managing and avoiding negative actions against us. As we drive for increased membership, the board continually looks for ways to improve value within the association. This strategy combats the underlying question from non-members and members alike: Why should I be a member of CAMA? It’s important to remember that board members are CAMA members too, and we also want value in the dollars we spend on our membership. With that said, the benefits and services that CAMA has compiled in recent years are significant and well worth the minimal investment.   On the eve of Canada’s national trade show, there is simply no better time to be a member of CAMA. On Oct. 15, 16 and 17, join us in Niagara Falls for the CAMA Expo to see the latest innovations the industry has to offer that promise to drive the revenue and broaden your services to your clients. Take your time to interact with your peers, who, like you, are looking for ideas to improve their business. Over the years, I have had many interactions at the shows that have motivated me to do something new with my business.  So take the next step in your business: come to the CAMA show. Take the ideas and innovations you discover there and integrate them into your business in order to become more successful.  See you there!  Ed Kozma is president of the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association. Ed can be reached at 484-888-0926, via email through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by calling CAMA at 905-826-7695 / 1-888-849-2262. Soyez motivé par le changement En tant que président de l’association, on me demande de nombreuses choses dont la rédaction d’un article dans ce magazine est l’une d’elle.  Ce n’est pas toujours une sinécure car vous souhaitez que le contenu de l’article puisse être intéressant pour les membres de l’industrie alors qu’une idée d’article peut se trouver juste au-delà de votre portée.  Alors que je suis assis à réfléchir à certaines idées, j’ai tendance à commencer avec un titre accrocheur (parfois calqué sur le hochey), le rattacher à un message pour l’industrie et de là espérer que viendra l’inspiration. Les événements courants et l’actualité nationale ainsi que le climat politique généré par l’actuelle campagne électorale et les sempiternelles promesses qui l’accompagnent ont tendance à monopoliser les conversations autour de la machine à café.  Ou bien c’est ce qui s’est passé dans Unité 9 hier soir.    Va sans dire alors que lorsque les gens ont l’occasion de partager leurs opinions ou leurs pensées avec d’autres personnes partageant les mêmes idées, les relations sont alors canalisées et de cela en ressort un bénéfice mutuel, autant professionnel que personnel. Malheureusement, ces petits moments privilégiés autour de la machine à café ne se produisent pas dans une petite entreprise car non seulement il n’y a pas assez de gens autour de ladite machine mais souvent celle-ci se trouve chez le client le plus proche.   Que vous croyiez ou non les soi-disant experts politiques qui affirment que Stephen Harper dort au gaz, ou que Justin Trudeau est trop vert pour être Premier Ministre, il y a un sentiment que le changement est juste au tournant de la route, ou au minimum, un compromis sur les politiques courantes ou futures.  L’avenir nous étant inconnu, ou bien en période d’incertitude, il est sage d’avoir un havre sûr et de planifier les impacts potentiels certains changements peuvent avoir.    L’ACAD est toujours demeuré au front et focalisé sur la protection des intérêts de notre industrie et est considéré comme le porte-parole légitime de l’industrie par le gouvernement.  Nous travaillons pour le bénéfice de tous dans notre industrie (membre ou non-membre) mais nous tirons notre force que par l’implication de nos membres.  Avoir une base de membre plus importante nous rend plus fort non-seulement en nombre mais aussi en leadership.   Le comité de direction de l’ACAD a travaillé avec acharnement pour garder ses membres au fait de l’actualité pouvant affecter notre industrie et a connu un certain succès à minimiser les impacts négatifs pouvant nous nuire.   Toujours à l’affût d’augmenter notre membership, le comité recherche toujours de nouvelles avenues afin de bonifier l’offre d’appartenance à l’association.  Cette stratégie répond ainsi à cette éternelle question que se posent les éventuels membres et aussi les membres actuels:  “Qu’est-ce que ça me donne d’être membre de l’ACAD?”  Il est important ici de se souvenir que les membres du comité de direction sont eux aussi des membres et qu’à ce titre nous voulons nous aussi recevoir un bénéfice des dollars investis dans notre adhésion.  Ceci étant dit, les bénéfices et services que l’ACAD a compilé au cours des récentes années font des sommes mises dans notre adhésion, un investissement minime.  À l’orée de notre exposition nationale, vous ne pouvez trouver meilleur temps pour devenir un membre de l’ACAD.  Joignez-vous à nous les 15, 16 et 17 octobre prochain à Niagara Falls pour assister à l’exposition ACAD et découvrir les dernières innovations que l’industrie a à offrir pour vous aider à augmenter vos revenus et les services offerts à votre clientèle.  Prenez le temps d’échanger avec vos pairs qui, tout comme vous, recherchent de nouvelles idées pour améliorer leurs affaires.  Au fil des années, j’ai eu de très nombreuses interactions lors de ces expositions qui m’ont motivé à apporter de nouvelles idées dans mes affaires.  Alors n’hésitez à faire le saut et assistez à l’expo ACAD.  Prenez les idées et innovations que vous y trouverez et intégrez-les dans vos activités et votre entreprise ne pourra qu’en bénéficier.   On vous y attend! Ed Kozma est Président de l’Association canadienne d’auto-distribution. Ed peut être joint au numéro de téléphone 484-888-0926, par courriel à l’adresse This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ou bien en téléphonant à l’ACAD au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 905-826-7695 / 1-888-849-2262 (en langue anglaise).
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.

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