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International - Nitro Coffee – a cold-brew coffee infused with nitrogen gas – will be served at more than 500 Starbucks locations by the end of the summer, reports CNBC. |READ MORE
Peterborough, Ont. - City councillors in Peterborough, Ont., approved a decision to award pouring rights and full-service vending at city facilities to Coca-Cola, ending an agreement with PepsiCo Beverages that was set to expire this month, Jamie Steel reports for Peterborough This Week. |READ MORE
N.W.T — A tiny town of 84 people has unplugged its pop machines after an audit indicated they were the biggest energy culprits, reports CBC News. |READ MORE
Orrville, Ohio - J. M. Smucker Company is dropping the price of its packaged coffee products by an average of six per cent, the company announced in a press release yesterday. The list price drop will mostly affect its Folgers and Dunkin' Donuts brand names.
International - Fitbit Inc., maker of wearable fitness devices, announced last week it bought wearable payment technology assets from United States startup Coin. Fitbit said it may integrate the technology in future gadgets, reports Reuters. |READ MORE
San Francisco - A cafe in San Francisco installed a Short Edition vending machine on May 10 that is the first in North America to print and dispense short stories of various lengths. KQED reports. |READ MORE
Boston - The American Heart Association is pushing for legislation in Massachusetts that, if enacted, would require healthier options in vending machines on state property, reports Katie Lannan for The Berkshire Eagle. |READ MORE
International - A study by Dutch researchers has found that low-calorie food products may encourage people to overconsume in the long-term, reports Niamh Michail for |READ MORE
International - Merchant Customer Exchange, the consortium of retailers developing the in-store mobile payments system CurrentC, announced Monday it is postponing rollout of the system and laying off 30 employees, Fortune reports. |READ MORE
Toronto – Over the years researchers have disagreed about whether or not fats, such as saturated omega-3 and omega-6, are actually good for people. Register dietitian Jennifer Sygo shares simple takeaways from often contradicting reports. |READ MORE
International - With food, beverage and fast-food companies under more and more pressure to produce healthier products, Bloomberg View's Justin Fox reports on how CEOs respond to questions about which of their products, if any, they consume. |READ MORE
United States - A 14-year-old entrepreneur from Alabama has refused a $30-million offer from a large United States healthcare company to purchase his idea of vending machines that dispense first-aid products, reports CNN Money. |READ MORE
Canada - Apple Pay will soon be available to more Canadian consumers as the Big Five banks gear up to roll out the service to cardholders, reports Global News. |READ MORE
Vancouver - The owner of Canada's first vending machine for marijuana says he is looking at legal options after the City of Vancouver announced it would begin closing marijuana dispensaries operating without permits, CBC News reports. |READ MORE
Espoo, Finland – VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland plans to develop vending machines that use 3D printing technology to create and dispense customizable snacks.
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