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Canada - Samsung's mobile payment system, Samsung Pay, is expected to launch in Canada by the end of 2016, according to Mobile Syrup. The company says it processed nearly 100 million mobile pay transactions since it launched in seven countries over the past year. |READ MORE 
Calgary - Employee productivity is tied to a good lunch, Calgary dietitian Andrea Holwegner. Too often corporate wellness programs focus on fitness, but overlook nutrition education or offering healthy food choices at work, Holwegner writes in the Calgary Herald. |READ MORE
London - Britain announced last week that it will begin taxing companies that sell drinks with a total sugar content above 5 grams per 100 millilitres. The government plans to spend the money collected from the tax on health programs for school children, The Globe and Mail reports. |READ MORE
Canada - Canada’s anti-money-laundering agency is studying how vulnerable financial technology startups are to financial crime. The agency director says the government must encourage innovation while protecting the integrity and stability of the financial system, The Canadian Press reports. |READ MORE
United States - A bank in the U.S. is using a vending machine that is activated through Twitter to promote its position as the official bank of the Philadelphia Eagles. The machine requires users to tweet a particular hashtag in order to receive a prize, CNBC reports. |READ MORE
Canada - UnionPay mobile QuickPass, which has been accepted at over 220,000 point-of-sale terminals in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia, is debuting in Canada.
Canada - Global News reporter Carmen Chai asked a handful of Dietitians of Canada experts to list so-called “healthy” foods that they’d rarely feed their families. Fat-free salad dressings, granola bars and Vitamin-enriched water all made the list. |READ MORE
Global fruit juice and drink consumption exceeded 80 billion litres in 2015, representing 10 per cent of overall soft drink volume, according to a new report from specialist food and drink consultancy Zenith International. Sales were up 4 per cent during the year, with growth in Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America offsetting declines in the mature markets of North America and West Europe. The market is forecast to rise by an annual 5 per cent over the next five years to 105 billion litres in 2020.
Canada - The Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association (CAMA) has unveiled the 2016 recipients of the vending and office coffee industry's highest awards, the CAMA awards.
Canada - The federal government has considered the option of taxing soft drinks to address obesity rates. A memo obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act shows that Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office requested an internal study into the pros and cons of levying a tax on soda pop, the Toronto Star reports. |READ MORE
Canada - The Canadian National Vending Alliance (CNVA) has partnered with PayRange to bring mobile payment across all of its vending machines coast to coast. 
Cincinnati, Ohio - Xavier University will be offering students pizza from a vending machine beginning this fall. The university has partnered with a French company to install the first vending machine in North America to dispense heated, ready-made pizzas, the Chicago Tribune reports. |READ MORE
Canada - A growing number of Canadians will have access to Apple Pay with two more banks – President’s Choice Financial and Tangerine – joining the list of financial institutions that support the mobile payment technology for credit card purchases. Financial Post reports. |READ MORE
Canada - A coalition of health charities in Canada – including the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Childhood Obesity Foundation – is pushing for a complete ban on all food and beverage advertising aimed at children and youth. Organizers of the coalition say 90 per cent of food marketed to children is high in sugar, salt and fat, Metro News reports. |READ MORE
Ottawa - A catering company is opening a fresh-food vending machine at the Innovation Centre in Ottawa. The company, LUNCH, won the bid to launch a cafeteria in the centre by the end of the year, and will be installing a vending machine to offer fresh sandwiches, drinks and snacks when the cafeteria is closed, Sarah Brown reports for Ottawa Magazine. |READ MORE
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