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International - Internet payments service PayPal has announced a partnership with Visa that will allow customers to use their PayPal accounts at the checkout line, and make it easier to use Visa credit and debit cards for online transactions, Reuters reports. |READ MORE
North America - MasterCard is launching its own tap-to-pay app for smartphones in the United States as early as this fall, and is promising a rollout of the app through Canadian banks in six to 12 months. Toronto Star reports. |READ MORE
United Kingdom - In a bid to turn a profit from dairy production in the face of falling milk prices, a family-owned farm in the United Kingdom installed a vending machine this month that dispenses raw milk. So far the family has received positive feedback from locals and visitors, the Lancaster Guardian reports. |READ MORE
Whitehorse - Vending machines that dispense pregnancy tests were installed in some public washrooms in Yukon last year and the organization behind the dispensers says they are helping in the fight against fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, CBC News reports. |READ MORE
Almonte, Ont. - Ontario-based chocolate company, Hummingbird Chocolate, has won the top award at the Academy of Chocolate Awards Gala held in London on the weekend. The Golden Bean award recognizes the world's best bean-to-bar chocolate, reports the Ottawa Citizen. |READ MORE
St. John's - A dietitian in St. John's has weighed in on a debate about whether or not a provincial government tax on sugary food products would convince people to make healthy choices. Lisa Dooley says she is in favour of the sugar tax, as long as the money raised is spent to create healthy environments. CBC News reports. |READ MORE
United States - The U.S. Senate has voted in favour of legislation that will for the first time require food products to have labels that list the genetically modified ingredients. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass, Reuters reports. |READ MORE
International - France-based Danone has announced it is buying United States organic food producer WhiteWave Foods Co, a move that will allow Danone to offer products in line with a consumer shift toward natural foods and healthier eating, reports BNN. |READ MORE
Mexico City - A study published Tuesday in the online journal PLOS-Medicine has found that Mexico's 8 per cent tax on high-calorie foods that began in January 2014 has led to a 5.1 per cent decrease in purchases of the taxed goods, but only in middle- and low-income families. CTV News reports. |READ MORE
Toronto - Beverage maker Crott Corp., the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of private-label carbonated soft drinks based, is seeing an increase in revenue and sales tied to its diversification beyond soft drinks to coffee and water, Canadian Business reports. |READ MORE
London – The United Kingdom's well-known vending industry awards programme – the Vendies – has named its 2016 award winners, and potato chips are a standout.
Toronto - A recent study by a University of Toronto researcher has found that consumers feel less connected to their purchases when they use cashless forms of payment.
Canada - Customers of four credit unions in Canada can now use Interact Flash – Interact's mobile payment solution. Affinity Credit Union and Conexus Credit Union in Saskatchewan, First Western Credit Union in British Columbia, and Ontario’s Meridian credit union have joined Scotiabank and RBC in offering their customers a mobile wallet app that makes Interact Flash payments. The Financial Post reports. |READ MORE
New York - PepsiCo is adding aspartame to a new diet beverage less than a year after it pulled the artificial sweeter from Diet Pepsi as part a marketing campaign that cited safety concerns. While Diet Pepsi will continue to be made aspartame free, PepsiCo will start selling Diet Pepsi Classic Sweetener Blend made with aspartame this fall, the Hamilton Spectator reports. |READ MORE
Toronto - The City of Toronto has launched a campaign to remind its residents that certain items do not belong in blue recycling bins, and that includes takeout paper coffee and tea cups, CBC News reports. |READ MORE
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