Pepsico recently launched a line of better-for-you crisps aimed at parents concerned about the fat, sodium and sugar content of some snacks.
PepsiCo launched its latest Mountain Dew beverage, an energy drink designed "by video gamers for video gamers.”
Post Cereals Brands launched their newest flavour in the U.S., effectively banking on combining two different snacking trends.
The better-for-you yogurt market is milking it for all its worth: As Chobani unveiled Gimmies, a yogurt brand aimed at children, Danone is aiming to supply adults, Ketogenic dieters and vegans with three different lines of yogurt.
In 2001 the The van Blommestein family immigrated from South Africa to Washington, DC. What started as a Saturday morning hobby between a father and his sons over 15 years ago, slowly marinated into Ayoba-Yo as they came to realize that their products truly were improvements on the ‘meat’iocre beef snacks that were available.
Starting in December, Chobani® Gimmies™ products will be available in four fun formats: Greek Yogurt with crunchy mix-ins on the side, drinkable milkshakes, pouches and tubes.
Starbucks announced their latest seasonal flavoured latté to hit their shops.
Nestlé UK has launched the start of the holiday season with a limited edition hot beverage.
Province Brands of Canada, the Canadian company developing one of the world's first beers brewed from the cannabis plant — today announced an agreement with Lost Craft Beer, one of Ontario's fastest growing and award-winning craft beer companies.
Smartwater welcomed two new members to its fast-growing family – smartwater antioxidant and smartwater alkaline.
David Jenkins, a former U.K. Olympic medalist and founder of NEXT Proteins, Inc., launched his latest invention: Sparkling protein water, “Fizzique.”
As part of the Red Bull Editions, a holiday edition was revived due to popular demand.
Dan Baraniuk has worked as Canada’s longest-running and experienced route man. He looks fondly on his career in vending, which started in 1967. A proud husband to Cathy Baraniuk, the father of five children, and doting grandfather of nine grandchildren shares his experience with Canadian Vending.
The current president of CAMA, Chris Stegehuis took some time out of his busy day to share his hopes and enthusiasm for the upcoming CAMA 2018 Expo. The Ontario-born Stegehuis speaks with great affection for his former childhood home and hopes to share some of the rural beauty of the area with the CAMA Expo’s attendees.
When I asked the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association’s (CAMA) new president Chris Stegehuis how he embarked upon a career in the vending industry, his story — like many of ours — involved a bit of coincidence. His post-secondary study had him pointed towards a career in golf course management but an off-season job with a vending company made him pivot.  
It was a beautiful mid-September Sunday morning in Montreal!  Nothing but blue skies, as Ella Fitzgerald sings.  I had just finished a 20 km bike ride and was sitting in Canada’s favourite meeting point (namely, Tim Hortons) at the corner of Bégin and Côte-Vertu, close to the airport.
When Black Box Vending opened its doors for business in 1995, dial up modems were cutting edge technology, Bill Clinton was president and DVDs were newly launched. It boggles the mind to think how far we’ve come in terms of technological advancement. It boggles the mind to think about how profoundly technological advancement has impacted the vending industry. For Black Box Vending; embracing change has helped them avoid becoming irrelevant.
The Brew Centre of Brampton, Ont., has a history as rich as any Colombian coffee sold there, but it also has a fresh new look and approach.
Lewiston, NY – Ted Morton founded Casco Bay Vending in Lewiston in 2008 with two employees and a vision. The Business Sun Journal reports. | READ MORE
Lorna Kane is a superwoman in the vending industry. The owner and sales manager for Kane's Distributing Ltd. based in St. Catharines, Ont., Kane is the 2016 recipient of the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association's Don Storey Memorial Award. She is also the first female to receive the honour.
Entrepreneur Richard Zinck’s latest venture has him thinking of how to do micro markets differently. Loyalty Markets has tapped into technology, abandoned the need for a warehouse and developed a system for training its customers with a free credit.
Albert and Sophie Eskow aren’t your typical retirees. Instead of walking the beach and playing golf in sunny Florida, this hard working couple dedicates 12-hour days to their business, Alberta Vending Services, located in Leduc, Alta. Tending to over 400 vending machines in nearby Edmonton and the surrounding area, they drive their route together each day, and say they are happy to be doing the work they love.
Condo dwellers who run out of milk typically have two options: do without or dash out. But at a growing number of Toronto condos, there’s a third option: pop down to their building’s common area and pick up cream, bread or eggs from a vending machine. Providing that kind of convenience is the motivation behind Grab’nGo Vending’s Micro Shops – small footprint automated kiosks that sell basic grocery items and  essentials.
Ryan Company Ltd. is a fourth-generation family business that provides vending and office coffee service across much of British Columbia. Though its history spans nearly eight decades, Ryan Vending is a progressive company, firmly rooted in the present and always with an eye on the future.  
Parlevel Systems, a technology provider for food and beverage operators, has launched its Micro Market solution for the Canadian market.
Paytronix Systems, Inc., announced that 300-unit U.S. convenience store retailer Maverik, Inc. will move its Adventure Club™ loyalty program to the Paytronix platform. The ability to execute 1-to-1 marketing drove Maverik as the primary reason for the switch.
Coca-Cola had launched a pilot earlier this year to test an innovative take on slushies that customers can make themselves.
PayRange Inc., the in-app mobile payment service for automated retail, announced that WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems (WASH) has selected PayRange to be the technology provider of its mobile payment solution.
Newton, MASS – Paytronix Systems, Inc., an innovator in online payment and marketing systems, announced the next version of its branded mobile app with native online ordering, a self-service content management system.
Portland, OR – Cecil Ledesma, a veteran of cashless payment systems at USA Technologies has recently joined the ranks of PayRange Inc., as vice president of enterprise sales.
Whether your inclinations fall total techie, staunch Luddite, or somewhere fair to middling, I bet Apple’s next big thing that you have opinions about technology meandering in and out of your mind most days. Whether we are trying to escape it, reaching for it, cursing it or loving it, it’s presence is pervasive; cue understatement.
Parlevel Systems, a technology provider for vending, coffee and micro market operators, has announced an integration with Quickbooks accounting and bookkeeping software.
Quebec – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has created a new unit to monitor bitcoin after filing charges against PlexCorps, a Quebec cryptocurrency company that was promising investors returns of 1,354 per cent in 29 days or less. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
There are many digital platforms to use when it comes to paying without cash. Moneycontrol News reports on the features and differences in 10 of the big ones. |READ MORE
Toronto – Google has introduced Android Pay in Canada, enabling Android users with participating cards to make Interac Debit, Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit card purchases with their Android mobile phone or tablet.
About 30 years ago, when Chuck Pifko got a job working for a Coca-Cola vending business straight out of college, he had no idea he would land in a high-tech business.
The Canadian flagship location of  The PizzaForno™, automated pizza oven will open for business at 1235 Bay Street, on Friday, December 14, serving patrons 24/7 with made fresh artisan pizzas ready in under three minutes.
The World Health Assembly unanimously adopted recommendations on the marketing of foods and soft drinks for children, in 2010, but a follow-up report revealed that implementation of WHO’s recommendations were inconsistent.
Mintel reports that 19 per cent of new coffee launches around the world were iced and ready-to-drink (RTD) products.
Canadian Tire announced new eCommerce vending solutions that put customer convenience at the heart of online shopping.
Global market research company, Mintel, outlined the latest trends in chocolate and candy.
The Anomaly Ad Agency believes that there is always at least one Halloween item that is more of a trick than a treat.
One Click Retail, revealed the market leaders for six of the best selling breakfast cereals in the U.S.
Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. announced their 2019 confection aisle shelving guidelines for c-store retailers, based on consumer research, to increase total category growth of confectionary.
A Mintel report indicated that consumers are buying more fermented drinks, such as kombucha. Kombucha is a lightly fermented tea that is made from a yeast culture and yields a slightly fizzy, often fruity but acidic taste.
The technology behind once too-good-to-be-true tools like facial recognition and 3D printing has advanced by leaps and bounds. Many of us own or pine for “smart” devices and use dozens of apps a day for personal purposes. So what about business?
Competition for creating sustainable containers and cutlery to reduce plastic waste is heating up. Makers of the Loliware line of edible cups, announced their hyper-compostable, edible drinking straws, the Lolistraw.
Health Warrior, an American healthy food to-go company has launched a product that indulges those who want the comfort of a mug cake, but the nutritional content of a muffin.
Coffee has gained in popularity among emerging economies where the fashion of drinking it is seen as Western. The popularity of coffee in China alone has contributed to the growth in demand with supply doing its level best to catch up. The International Coffee Organization (ICO) reports that Chinese consumption of coffee grew by over 16 per cent per year from 2013 until now.
Millennials now outnumber boomers in the workplace, indicates the 2018 Nourish Trend Report , so it comes as no surprise that they influence the majority of trends this year.
Costa Rica – Costa Rica will lift a 30-year ban on Robusta coffee trees, a crop that is considered of lower quality than Arabica but that is more resistant to diseases and rising temperatures, the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed. Reuters reports. | READ MORE
Da Lat, Vietnam – With Vietnam’s exports accounting for just $3.4 billion US per year of the coffee-based beverage market out of $500 billion worldwide, there is room for the country to increase exports, said its agriculture minister speaking at a seminar in Da Lat. VietnamNet Online reports. | READ MORE
College Station, TX – World Coffee Research have teamed up with FlavorActiV, Coffee Enterprises and Square Mile Coffee Roasters to develop a set of 24 global standard flavour references that allow tasters all around the world to have an identical reference point.
About a decade ago, butter coffee started to surface as a “thing”. The idea was founded in more than just a very rich caloric beverage; the aim was to enhance the well-being of the consumer through an Atkins style regime based on ketosis (limiting carbohydrate intake in favour of fat and proteins).
The perfect tea blend is sometimes elusive. You had the perfect cup of tea on vacation: was it the water, was it the way it was steeped, was it the perfect temperature and time or was it the perfect blend of tea, herbs and spices?
Quebec — Italy’s N&W Global Vending and Canada’s Les Entreprises Cafection shared that they will team up to manufacture and sell coffee machines in North America. European Supermarket Magazine reports. |READ MORE
Old-school coffee roasters have an obsession with their product. This is a good thing: whether it involves the selection of the green, the blending of the beans or coaxing out the finest flavour development in the roasting process – the final proof has always been the taste in the cup.  
Coffee is a right of passage. It’s often the first adult-only beverage one consumes when entering the teenaged years.
Los Angeles – The Research Center of the Specialty Coffee Association is teaming up with the recently established UC Davis Coffee Center on a two-year project to re-evaluate the scientific assumptions, measurement tools, sensory information and consumer research that underpin coffee brewing. Global Coffee Report has details. | READ MORE
Orlando, FL – Brew Coffee Co., a registered non-profit and privately branded single-serve coffee company operating out of the Northeast United States, will expand into all 50 U.S. states and Canada with eight flavours, the company said in a press release.
With the legalization of cannabis, many vending companies may need to revise their health and safety rules, and know their employees' rights.
Successful people all do one thing: they solve problems. They don’t just stare at the problem and wish it would go away.
Many companies view training as just “nice to have.” They think it is important to create an attractive, engaging training program for new hires, and that it might be good to have a focused course that teaches employees how to perform certain tasks or use certain pieces of company equipment.
Most people want to take shortcuts; however, the more thorough your preparation, the greater the likelihood is that you will have success. Preparation is essential to having confidence in yourself no matter what setting you are in—this will build your confidence when you are in high pressure situations such as interviewing for a job or dealing with higher-level bosses.
With the economy expanding in Canada, many owners are wondering if this is the year to consider selling the business. In most of the major regions of Canada there are five specific reasons why it would make sense to sell it sooner than later.
In the wake of the Hardie sexual misconduct scandal and the #MeToo movement, people in the food and vending industry need to learn how to foster a positive workplace culture to strengthen their business.
With the economy expanding in Canada, many owners are wondering if this is the year to consider selling the business. In most of the major regions of Canada there are five specific reasons why it would make sense to sell in sooner than later.
For private equity groups, there is lots of money, but no deals available in the vending industry.
Atlanta, GA – Gimme has released a teaser for its augmented reality micro market tool for the vending and foodservice industry.
For private equity groups, there is lots of money, but no deals available in the vending industry. At this time, there is more money in the system than anyone can imagine. But there's also a shortage of vending companies to acquire and good projects to invest in.
We’ve been dividing people into four personality types, styles, or patterns since the time of Plato. These days, online personality tests are everywhere. After a number of fun questions you can discover which animal, shape, colour or celebrity you’re aligned with. Or take a serious personality test to help identify your management, leadership, or communication style.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is notably attributed the quote “there is nothing permanent except change.” Incarnations of this statement have been said each way from Sunday, eight days a week, upside down, inside out and over the rainbow. Knowing the truth of this sentiment doesn’t mean we see it coming. Life is constant dichotomy between the change we choose and the change that chooses us.

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