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Alabama - A 14-year old American boy turned down a $30 million offer for his unique first aid vending machines, choosing instead to build the business himself. ABC33|40 reports. |READ MORE
San Diego, CA - Fresh Healthy Vending International obtained 69 locations across the U.S. for its franchisees' healthy vending machines and micro markets.
U.S. - Coinbase has launched the first U.S.-issued bitcoin debit card called the Shift Card, reports |READ MORE
Grand Rapids, MI - Some jail inmates in western Michigan were basically paid to get snacks because of a vending machine error, reported authorities. 680 News reports. |READ MORE
Sweden - Barry Callebaut is purchasing commercial beverages vending activities from FrieslandCampina Kievit in an effort to strengthen its specialties business in Europe. FoodBev Media reports. |READ MORE
Toronto - Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA (MZB), the North American operating unit of the Italy-based global coffee roaster and marketer Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, announced its intentions to acquire a 25.1 percent minority equity position in Club Coffee of Toronto for $25.1 million.
Tennessee - Carvana, an online auto retailer, has launched an automated, coin-operated car vending machine in the U.S. Digital Trends reports. |READ MORE
Vancouver – Payfirma has rolled out their Bitcoin API that allows businesses to accept Bitcoin along with other traditional payment methods.
Niagara Falls, ON – Customer demand for cashless payment options and healthier food choices are two major trends driving the vending industry, CAMA attendees learned from three informative educational sessions, held at CAMA Expo in October. The good news is that the industry is getting in front of these pressures and turning them into opportunities.
Toronto – Store-front leasing rates are skyrocketing, companies want innovative methods of selling items and consumers want convenience, speed and personalized purchases. BMC Universal Technologies and its new Media Kiosk are taking a stab at solving all these problems.
Vancouver - The Canadian Beverage Association (CBA) has established a new initiative to reduce caloric intake from non-alcoholic beverages by 20 per cent over the next 10 years.
Richmond Hill, ON - In an effort to adapt to a decline in mail, Canada Post is trying out drive-thrus and vending machines as alternative services. The Toronto Star reports. |READ MORE
Chicago - A recent study by The NPD Group, a global information company, indicates that consumers’ tastes for savory and sweet snacks is determined by the time of day, and better-for-you snack consumption is predicated better by place. |READ MORE
Niagara Falls, Ont. – The CAMA Expo, held Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, delivered a lively trade show and a diverse education program featuring industry experts on coffee trends, micro markets, cashless payment and healthy vending.
Ottawa – A new insect show taking place at the Canadian Museum of Nature features all sorts of gorgeous insects, but there are also edible bugs in a vending machine. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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