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Des Moines, IA – Michel Potvin and Steve Endres have joined Vending equipment manufacturer U-Select-It as regional technical salesmanagers for the eastern and western regions of the United States and Canada, respectively.
Chicago –  The National Automatic Merchandising Association will welcome former First Lady Laura Bush as the keynote speaker for the OneShow held April 19-21 in Las Vegas at the Venetian Resort.
London, U.K. – IGT Global Solutions Corporation will install 100 of its new Gemini Touch lottery product vending machines in Loto-Québec locations, replacing the current instant ticket vending machines.
Madison, WI – Baby boomers are the largest snacking demographic, consuming an average of 1,200 ready-to-eat snacks per person annually compared to an average 1,000 snacks eaten by millennials, according to a trend report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association that aims to help food suppliers sort out packaged food product trends.
Davis, CA – The first public genome sequence for Coffea arabica, the species responsible for more than 70 per cent of global coffee production, was released Jan. 13  by researchers at the University of California, Davis.
Mississauga, Ont. – The Canadian Coffee & Tea Show will be take place Sept. 24-25 at a new location and extend its trade show hours in 2017.
Waterbury, VT – Anheuser-Busch InBev and Keurig Green Mountain have entered into a joint venture focused on the research and development of an in-home alcohol drink system.
India – As India's government pushes ahead with a controversial plan to move the country away from physical cash, a group of researchers backed by its central bank has called for an investigation into how blockchain technology could help the country go cashless. Coin Desk reports. | READ MORE
Santa Ana, CA – The Specialty Coffee Association of America, established in 1982, and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe, established in 1998, have officially become one organization.
Rockville, MD – The U.S. tea market continues to enjoy mass appeal, in part because of new products that emphasize tea’s functionality, says a report from research firm Packaged Facts.
Toronto – Cineplex plans to open new locations of The Rec Room in Edmonton, Alta., and London, Ont.  
Troy, MI – John Chidiac has been appointed president of 365 International by parent company 365 Retail Markets.
Ottawa – Needle-dispensing vending machines could be installed at five locations across central Ottawa, making it the first city in Canada to offer sterile syringes in machines to reduce drug-related virus transmission. The Ottawa Sun reports. | READ MORE
San Diego, CA – Fresh Healthy Vending International has changed its corporate name to Generation NEXT Franchise Brands.
PepsiCo has launched a line of purified, pH balanced water in bottles that feature the work of emerging artists.
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