Mountain Dew® and KFC® created a brand character to launch their newest flavour, Sweet Lightning®, a summery, barbecue-friendly flavour of peach with a touch of honey flavouring.
A new snack alternative has hit the market, Sabine’s Collections Baguette bites. Offering 30 years of artisan bread making expertise, Sabine’s Collections is introducing a new guilt-free snack available in three bold flavours: Olive Oil and Rosemary, Jalapeño and Cheddar, and Roasted Garlic and Chives.
June 22, Skittles Canada will celebrate Pride by bringing together four LGBTQ2+ couples in matrimony at the first-ever Skittles Hall of Rainbows. For the first time in Canada, the brand is giving up its rainbow by removing the colours from its packaging and candies, to allow Pride's rainbow to take centre stage.
Nestlé USA announced Snickers and Twix chocolate bar flavoured milks.
For the first time in The Hershey Company’s 125-year history, the iconic Hershey’s brand is changing the look of its original milk chocolate bar and is now using emojis.
Plant-based beverage company Earth’s Own unveiled Oat Barista, its newest oat beverage product created with coffee drinkers in mind and developed in partnership with expert baristas.
Kashi officially announced its product redesign to its best-selling GOLEAN line which is now called Kashi GO.
This summer the cereal aisle will get a bit sunnier with the addition of new Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch® Vanilla Almond.
As of May 1st, Tim Hortons guests now have the chance to choose from three new Oreo-flavoured baked goods and to add a new Oreo-flavoured Iced Capp to their list of go-to beverages, but only for a limited time.
Finnish company Fazer created a low-gluten line of crisp breads, a cross between a cracker and flatbread.
M&M'S® is taking hazelnut spread where it's never gone before.
Defeating a technological barrier by discovering a new way to extrude egg protein, Todd’s Protein Puffs are a Canadian "snack-success" story.
Anything that provides our operators and our membership the ability to increase business, is a good thing for CAMA members. Cashless vending offers another form of payment, and any time you can provide an alternate form of payment, you have the potential for picking up new clientele,” says CAMA president, Chris Stegehuis.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ronald Stanley Kane on Saturday March 9, 2019, just four days shy of his 84th birthday. He lived life and fought hard right up until his last day.
The way we’re doing business is changing. When the first unattended, coin-operated vending machine, or “automat” was unveiled in 1880 in England, dispensing postcards, entrepreneurs knew a business opportunity when they saw one.
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.
Some of the largest point-of-sale providers in Canada sat down with Canadian Vending and Office Coffee Sales to discuss how cashless vending is evolving. With more consumers using cell phones and making online transactions, we started analyzing the technological trends and asked what the future holds.
Think of implementing cashless payment methods in your vending machines as the equivalent to giving your customers buckets of change. If someone can use a credit card, smart phone or other payment method, then they have no reason to pass by your machine without making a purchase and no reason to limit the amount they spend.
Canadian Pizza Magazine, created a fascinating podcast with PizzaForno, a Canadian company that is changing the way vending machines are being used. 
Manuel E. Parreira of the Bank of Canada spoke at the CAMA convention last October.  “In terms of money...we continue to see an increase of cash usage around 3 to 5 per cent every year. So that hasn’t changed. What we have seen change is the actual type of payments; we’re seeing more debit, more credit, more global markets are taking that market share.”
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.
With pool parties and beach-season opening, Frito-Lay unveiled the next instalment of its U.S. Snack Index. As the unofficial start of summer, Victoria Day weekend historically starts a spike and then snacking hits its highest point during the week of July 1.
Flow Alkaline Spring Water, the alkaline spring water brand announced their 2019 campaign with Goop CEO and Founder Gwyneth Paltrow.
Forever 21 and Cheetos have teamed up to create a line of leisurewear that would make the Cheetos' mascot, Chester Cheeta proud: As of June 6th, fans of affordable summer wear and Cheetos can have both.
Ryan Storey of Huer foods supplies the sweets and snacks for many of Canada’s vending machines. Storey took time out of his busy schedule to share some insights as to what will drive the candy-buyers to machines.
2019 Tea Expo funded whitepaper called The Next Wave in Tea reveals that both RTD and freshly brewed tea are a growing trend.
Owner of Copper Cow Coffee, Debbie Wei Mullin says that this non-traditional method of coffee sales is key to her company’s success.
A viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic drinking straw stuck in its nose was the inspiration behind a Canadian office coffee supply and bar supply success story. In July of 2018, Geet Sheth decided to do something about plastic waste: He founded Green Circle Dine Ware, and started making locally sourced, biodegradable paper straws.
Tetra Pak has announced the launch of its connected packaging platform, which will transform milk and juice cartons into interactive information channels, full-scale data carriers and digital tools.​
According to data gleaned from The Beverage Digest and consumer analyst company, Zenith, the sales for CBD-infused drinks will surpass those of soft drinks or bottle water by 2022.
Travelling can be alternately hectic and boring – it’s all, “hurry up and wait.” A new use for vending machines kills two birds with one stone: It brings an audience to obscure, independent Canadian books that wouldn’t ordinarily be noticed, and provides commuters with brain food instead of junk food. A vending machine was set up in Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport, to sell Canadian content to book-starved travellers.
The first robot attendee of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, arrived on campus on January 3, 2018 – bearing snacks and beverages.
Nestlé’s newest frozen food product line was inspired by their innovative 'intrapreneurs' team, and launched a line of gourmet vegetable dishes packaged in recyclable, reusable containers.
Coffee was, is and will always be one of the most affordable luxuries. Regardless of socio-economic standing, it is one of life’s pleasures that some would argue is not necessary to survive (although I’d take exception to that) but in an instant, fills us with warmth and focus simultaneously.
Over the last two decades, the Coffee Coordination Board (CCB) of Vietnam has been working on developing higher-value production which would bring better prices to farmers in the coffee growing regions, and created a cannabis and coffee bean hybrid. 
There was a recent article in the Guardian where a young fellow by the name of A.J. Jacobs who was on a quest to express his gratitude for all the people who helped to deliver his cup of coffee.
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.  
Ninety-four per cent of Canadians currently employed say that workplace health, safety and mental well-being is important when choosing a job, according to an Angus Reid poll commissioned by the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC. 
The progressive discipline policy is about punishment – not improvement.
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.

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