Butter coffee and other trends

Butter coffee and other trends

About a decade ago, butter coffee started to surface as a “thing”.

Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

When Black Box Vending opened its doors for business in 1995

Well suited

Well suited

We’ve been dividing people into four personality types, styles, or patterns since the time of Plato.

Managing change

Managing change

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is notably attributed the quote “there is nothing permanent except change.”

Danone has added to its Greek yogurt brand Oikos an individual-sized product that includes on-pack, mix-in ingredients.
Cradlepoint recently announced all-inclusive cloud service packages for its Internet of Things network systems.
On Track Innovations and Apriva together have launched a user-friendly pre-integrated payment system for the unattended payments kiosk market.
Cafection Entreprises has a high-capacity coffee machine with a larger brew group that can prepare a cup of coffee up to 24 ounces in a single brew cycle.
One Brands’ new Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake One Bar is designed to appeal as both an indulgence and a post-workout treat.
Tea Squares, a brand of Skyline Kitchen, has developed a tea-infused snack designed to appeal to customers looking for something healthier to nibble on.
Franke Coffee Systems has launched an iQFlow espresso-making technology aimed at keeping in-cup quality consistent.
Biena has a line of chocolate-covered roasted chickpea snacks available in dark chocolate, milk chocolate and salted caramel flavours.
Silk now sells its unsweetened vanilla almond milk in 296-mL (10-ounce) single-serve bottles.
Red Bull launched its Winter Edition energy drink exclusively in Canada on Dec. 1.
Treo recently introduced three new flavours of its all-organic line of birch water infused fruit beverages: Raspberry Lemonade, Kiwi Watermelon and Orange Apricot.
Zoppas Industries custom-designs heating element technologies for the food-service, coffee, vending and wellness industries, as well as a wide variety of industries such as air conditioning, refrigeration, wind turbines and aerospace.
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.  
A PET bottle-collecting machine that pays users through their smart phones? An app that you can use to order pickup of recyclable items from your home? One Beijing company is trying to bring recycling into the “smart” era – and make money at it. Plastic News reports. | READ MORE
May 8, 2015 – The Stewart family is synonymous with Savco Food Services Ltd., a small company that, over 53 years, has built an enviable reputation for high-quality service you’d expect from a small-town business.
After a year at the helm of CAMA, Ed Kozma shares insights gained from his experience in the vending industry.
When Dana Clarke couldn’t find what she was looking for, she did what most others would not think to do: she designed it herself.
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.
Edmonton – Back in 1987, the $1 coin was met with excitement by transit operators in Edmonton, but vending machine operators saw the coin as an added expense. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Canadian consumers and businesses are using the Interac e-Transfer service at record levels with more than 158 million transfers made over the platform in 2016, Interac Association/Acxsys Corporation (Interac) said in a news release.
Toronto – India mobile payments and commerce company Paytm has launched bill payment service for Canadians.
Los Angeles – The Venders recently launched a new disposable battery charger kiosk at the ARN Conference in New Orleans.
Hermosa Beach, CA – Virtual Piggy is working with Univest Bank & Trust Company on a child-focused payment application and services designed to empower children 17 and under to become direct buyers with regulatory and parental controls built in. Finextra reports. | READ MORE
Emeryville, CA – Redpark Product Development is now shipping what it calls the industry’s first DEX Cable for iPhone and iPad.
London, U.K. – When the new polymer five-pound notes entered circulation last September in U.K., the Bank of England claimed that the new notes would provide a better alternative to their previous paper counterparts. However, certain studies said otherwise. EPPN reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – More than half of Canadian human resources managers reported their organization has decreased their health and wellness offerings in the past five years, according to recent surveys that also delve into employee habits.
The Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association (CAMA) celebrated the 60th anniversary of its annual trade expo in the heart of Quebec City. The expo was held at the Quebec City Convention Centre from Oct. 12-14.
Salt Lake City, UT – Vending machines installed by the LDS Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, let people donate gifts to those in need around the world and receive a tax receipt on the spot. The Deseret News reports. | READ MORE
Amazon gobsmacked the retail sector this year when it piloted small grocery stores without cashiers or checkouts. Amazon’s Seattle-based test store used computer vision, deep learning algorithms and sensor fusion, like that found in self-driving cars. Amazon branded it “Just Walk Out” technology.
Rebekah Iliff talks to Visa's Jack Forestell about the push to move into a cashless future. The HuffPost reports. |READ MORE
Sports bloopers often about preventable errors that favor the other team. The classic is when players score against their own side. In the world of business, there are similar blunders - particularly during buying conversations with potential customers - that end up favouring the competition. As I explain in my seminars for sales teams, it's not always a shortfall in your company's product, price, or service that ruins a potential sale. Often it's inadvertent comments that put customers off just enough for them to choose your competitor. Unfortunately, sales reps are usually unaware they commit these offences so they keep repeating them. See if you or your team members ever make these top six selling gaffs.
David Furman has upped his single shot of espresso to a double shot.
Like so much about the vending industry, choosing which beverages to stock is about balance.
In an age when it’s possible to have almost any form of entertainment you desire delivered directly to your living room – whether it’s through web streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, or home gaming options like Xbox Live and Steam – it’s fair to wonder why anyone bothers to leave the house anymore.
Steve Jobs once said, “Packaging can be theatre, it can create a story.” Anyone who’s purchased an Apple device knows that the products are presented in the most premium way. There’s a sense of gravitas to the first opening of the box. While Jobs is correct in noting packaging’s role in the brand experience, it’s also expected to serve functional requirements. Protector, marketer, salesman, environmental steward and,increasingly, digital beacon: the humble package will play a key role in all retail channels going forward.
Health Canada wants to add industrially produced partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) to its “List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods,” a move that would effectively ban their use in Canada by the summer of 2018.
Better hydration and fun experience in beverage drinking are at the core of consumer demand for soft drinks in Canada, according to a February 2017 report from international research firm Euromonitor.
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.
Slovakia – Brothers Adam and David Nagy, founders of Slovakia company CLR CFF, have created a product they say is the “first colourless coffee in the world.” The Huffington Post reports. | READ MORE
London, U.K. – The U.K.'s Telegraph has mapped the world according to coffee consumption per capita, with Finland coming out on top. Finns consume 12 kilograms per person per year, according to stats from the International Coffee Organization. | READ MORE
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.
There are as many quips and quotes about change as there are stars in the sky, so I’ll not labour singling one out here. Change is everywhere, eternal and the one thing that can be counted on (aside from death and taxes, of course). Don’t like what’s happening right now? Don’t worry, things will change. Loving every minute? Enjoy it, because it won’t last either.
Famous leaders are often praised for their passion, assertiveness, focus and intelligence. However, when CEOs were asked to name the most important quality people desire in their leaders, they gave a surprising answer—humility. |READ MORE
When baby boomers took their first "real" jobs upon entering the workforce, their demands and expectations were ridiculously low by today's standards. On their first day on the job they got an employee handbook that they took home and scanned while eating dinner or watching TV. Company training, if there was any, was minimal.
According to one Gallup poll, 50 per cent of employees leave their job because of their bosses. However other studies have shown that employees can leave for a number of other reasons such as opportunity, better pay, or more responsibility.
"While succession is challenging for all businesses, it often becomes even more complicated when family relationships must also be considered," writes the staff at Entrepreneur magazine. Here, the publication offers five tips to help best plan family succession. |READ MORE
The board of directors for CAMA has been very busy through the winter months. As a board we meet regularly for an hour or so, every month, via conference call.
Pittsburgh and Chicago – Planters is launching “Shout For Nuts,” a new campaign that invites customers to shout loud about their love of its mixed nuts, cashews and peanuts.
Paying close attention to your customers, their behaviours, their habits can pay off, writes customer service expert Shep Hyken. When you know them that well, you’ll be able to anticipate or predict what they will ask for next – sometimes even before they know they need to ask.

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