Astro Kefir Probiotic Yogourt claims to contains twice the probiotics of any other. This is Astro's first kefir-based, naturally thick, spoonable yogourt.
Maruchan has produced ramen noodles since 1977. Born from the dream of creating convenient, high quality and affordable noodles for all, Maruchan looks to elevate the ramen-making market once again with the introduction of Maruchan Gold.
Voortman Bakery, cookie company and fast-growing cookie manufacturer, announced the release of its newest seasonal flavours, Apple Crisp and Pumpkin Spice.
Halo Top Creamery launched its new range of snackable bars with just 80-90 calories and only 7-9 grams of sugar per bar, and to celebrate, have teamed up with TripAdvisor to let fans book an ice cream-themed pastel-coloured Airstream Trailer for a limited time.
Nestlé launched a range of Nescafé Gold lattes crafted with plant-based ingredients.
Skittles® candy is turning the tables on zombies this Halloween with the U.S. launch of its new Zombie Skittles®, and now everyone has a chance to taste the rotten flavour for the first time, if they dare.
Vegan jerky company, Noble Jerky makes meat-free, all Canadian snacks out of its manufacturing plant in Port Moody, B.C.
The first energy drink under the Coca-Cola brand will launch in Europe, the company announced.
Nestlé and Starbucks announced the launch of Starbucks Creamers, allowing the Starbucks brand to enter the refrigerated creamer category for the first time.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, roasters and retailers of specialty coffee and tea, announced  that it has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic series Friends. Like the theme song for the famous sit-com, this brew "will be there for you."
Optimum Nutrition ("ON") maker of sports nutrition products, including confectionary Cake Bites, cookie-like Protein Wafers and fruity ESSENTIAL AMIN.O. ENERGY™ drinks – enters new territory with the introduction of its first savoury ready-to-eat protein snack.
Pear’s Gourmet® launched exciting new snack nut flavours for consumers that enjoy experiencing exciting, unique flavours, Pear’s is waking up the snack nut category with innovation and taste.
I have had the pleasure of serving on CAMA’s board of directors for eleven years, and once again, I am astonished at all the changes within our industry over this time. Over these past eleven years, I have had the pleasure of working with CAMA’s directors of the board, who have ensured we have evolved as an association.  
Balzac’s Coffee Roasters had grown from a small café in Stratford, Ontario into a successful chain within a relatively short stretch of time. It can be a challenge for any company to scale up effectively, but Balzac’s managed to grow into a series of artful spaces that retain local characteristics without using cookie-cutter branding to establish itself as a chain.
With the Canadian Coffee, Tea & Water show coming up, and HostMilano around the corner, operators and distributors are looking at how the HoReCa (Hotel, Restaurant and Catering) industry is dealing with coffee’s growing popularity. Studies by Restaurants Canada and Europe’s Ulisse Information System indicate that people want better quality coffee, and are willing to both pay more, or go an extra distance to satisfy their craving.
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.
Paytronix Systems, Inc., developer of a digital guest experience platform, announced the acquisition of Open Dining, the provider of ordering-and-delivery for small-to-medium-sized coffee shops and pantry service providers.
Technology transforms everything it touches, and the vending industry is no different. In a few years time, every food item we purchase could have its entire history – from the farm, to the production facility to the vending machine – tracked and labelled right on the package. Smart packaging will monitor internal food temperatures and assess whether the contents are safe for consumption.
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.
David M. Dussault, MIT graduate, developed new technology to create chilled coffee. As Elemental Beverage Company's co-founder and “chief alchemist,” Dussault created Snapchill.
To demonstrate its corporate commitment to recycling, Nespresso has partnered with Swedish lifestyle bike brand Vélosophy to produce a stylish bicycle made from recycled aluminium coffee capsules.
SnackSafely.com, publisher of the Safe Snack Guide, the resource that has been keeping allergens out of shared spaces and the home since 2011 — announces a new feature that allows pantry service and office coffee providers, managers, and event planners to tailor custom snack guides to match the allergen restrictions of their participants and attendees.
Each day, more than 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide.
Vendors and coffee service industries are exploring new ways to reach out to clients, using social media to showcase their industry. Design and innovation catch readers’ eyes and convert them into clients. Consumers are becoming more aware of new technologies and trends to share a gourmet experience.
In celebration of Red Bull Music Festival’s return to Montréal and Toronto, Red Bull® Energy Drink and Red Bull® Sugarfree cans will feature a first ever limited edition design.
Global Diet Water Market is estimated to expand at a substantial CAGR by 2023 as product types and its applications are increasing across the globe, according to Radiant Insights, Inc.
California Almonds has partnered with Canada's Happiness Doctor, researcher Gillian Mandich, PhD to share her tips for getting into the zone, or “flow state,” and staying fuelled – especially as parents will be switching from school mode to summer mode.
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.
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.  
U.S. caramel brand, Werther's Original, is debuting new brand creative that adds more relevancy to what consumers feel when they enjoy a Werther's Original caramel — "A little piece of bliss."
Guatemala, in the highlands of Huehuetenango, grows some of the best coffees Mesoamerica has to offer.  Growing along with the coffee is a palpable tension born of economic desperation by families who are losing their grip on their farms. 
Goodbye customer! It’s nothing personal (at least not usually). Sometimes customers’ expectations can’t be met, other times customers require an inordinate amount of time, and on rare occasions, a customer’s behaviour may expose an organization to undue peril.
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.

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