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.
Boulder, CO. – Snack manufacturer Made In Nature has created a new lineup of organic snacks made without the use of GMO ingredients, sulphur synthetic preservatives, colour or flavourings, all wrapped up in bold new packaging designs.
Barrie, Ont. - Two years after Beaver Rock Roastery's recyclable coffee pod won the Most Innovative Product in Canada at the Grocery Innovation Show, the company has refined its assembly process and is now selling 16 products and offering to produce private-label pods for other companies, Simcoe.com reports. |READ MORE
Calgary – Vending operators using Android mobile devices will now have access to PayLab Newtorks' free DexLink web-based vending management system software.
Welch's Global Ingredients Group has added 100 per cent Niagara grape juice to its juice range, and the Niagara grape to its Welch's FruitWorx inclusions range.
Parlevel Systems, a provider of vending management solutions (VMS), has launched a complete micro market solution. Parlevel’s micro market is designed to be a top to bottom hardware and software solution that provides operators with all of the necessary tools to successfully implement and manage a micro market operation.
PayRange, maker of mobile payment solution for machines, introduced its newest device, BluKey Smart, in conjunction with the kick-off of the 2016 Amusement Expo in Las Vegas. This addition to the PayRange hardware product line is designed to work with amusement machines and other types of machines that accept payments. PayRange was awarded two Innovator Awardsfor their BluKeySmart mobile payment device and for their Dynamic Pricing function for amusement machines at the expo.
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.
Chuck Pifko joined Can-West Vending Distributors just five years ago, and has now become the owner of the Calgary-based business.
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.
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.
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
Richmond, VA– Online retailer Carvana LLC is planning to build a token-operated, 71-foot tall, eight-level, automobile-dispensing tower in western Henrico County, according to documents filed with the Henrico County Planning Department. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. | READ MORE
Canada - In a contributed article to the Times Colonist, Sylvain Charlebois, dean of management and professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, writes that the food industry needs to capitalize on the growing number of single people in Canada.
The blurring of lines between a meal and a snack continues as more and more busy Canadians skip traditional sit-down meals in favour of something they can grab on the go or at work. Of course, this is good news for vending companies who are ready with what those busy snack-meal eaters want.
Consumers can be a demanding bunch. I want health! I want taste! I want convenience! I want it all! Consumers can also be a confusing bunch, which is what happens when willpower meets want versus need. In turn, it can be difficult to figure out what to offer people trying to balance health and taste, except for the fact that sales tend to speak for themselves.
Winnipeg - From tech start-ups to big corporations, employers are looking at creating more flexibility with health and wellness plans for their growing millennial staff. The Winnipeg Free Press reports. |READ MORE
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
Snacking is changing its image.
People are waking up to the idea they shouldn’t skip breakfast.
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.
Is it tea or what?
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.
The Tea Association of Canada (TAC) will be back at The Canadian Coffee & Tea Show, taking place on Sept. 25 & 26, 2016 at The International Centre in Toronto. The Tea Association of Canada sees great value in utilizing The Canadian Coffee & Tea Show as a platform to communicate with core constituents.
International - Sales have slowed as economic growth worldwide has slowed, putting the spotlight on companies to cut costs to drive profits. In the coffee industry, the breakneck rise of JAB Holdings is pushing Nestlé to innovate once more to keep its global dominance, Reuters reports. |READ MORE
North America - Starbucks has announced an agreement with office coffee service-operator MARS DRINKS that will make Starbucks coffee available at MARS' single-serve brewers in Canadian and U.S. workplaces beginning this fall.
I saw a new and unusual vending machine at the movie theatre the other day that got me thinking. It dispensed candy – no big change up there – but how it dispensed candy intrigued me. I had to try it! I followed the instructions on the screen, watched the unit dispense the bulk candy into a specially labelled bag, and then it sealed the bag and it was mine.
The North American office coffee service (OCS) industry has been rocked by a standard that has had a profound effect on the way we make coffee. Cup by cup in a cartridge has shifted the paradigm of coffee brewing where even the smallest of offices now have choice in what consumers drink.
About two years ago, the Colombian Coffee Federation introduced a hybrid tree to the country’s select plantations which used genes from “acer nigrum”, better known as the Black Maple, melded into “Coffea Arabica Typica”, also known as Arabica Coffee. The idea behind the hybrid was to naturally derive a maple-flavoured coffee.
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.
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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