Leaf Brands, the maker of Hydrox sandwich cookies, recently announced the company’s flagship cookies will go clean-label and non-GMO.
Just in time for summer, Pepsico has introduced a sparkling lemonade called 7UP Lemon Lemon.
Minus Forty Technologies of Georgetown, Ont., is now taking orders for its new43-UDGR-L1 double-door display cooler it says is ideal for stand-alone or in-line merchandising.
Quebec City – Chi Chaga Mushrooms is adding nine new variants to its current line of Chaga chunks and powder products including a new brand of Premium Chaga Coffee.
The Clif Nut Butter Filled Energy Bar is now available in Canada in four flavours: chocolate hazelnut butter, chocolate peanut butter, coconut almond butter and peanut butter.
The single-serve Coffeeboxx lets customers brew a hot, fresh cup of coffee (8 oz., 10 oz. or 12 oz.) in any workplace and under rugged conditions.
Boyd’s Coffee is introducing a limited-time-only winter cappuccino flavour made with real Twix pieces.
Hammond's Candies, known for creating new twists on old-fashioned treats, has released three new chocolate bar flavours.
Genuine Health's gluten-free, non-GMO, soy-free and vegan Fermented Vegan Proteins+ Bars address several consumer health concerns.
Molinari Private Reserve (MPR) recently launched a new wine-infused coffee brand.
Shires Bakery Cookies has a festive rainbow sprinkle soft cookie that is available in several seasonal sprinkle themes: St. Patrick’s Easter, Canada Day, Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s.
Danone Inc. has a new SuperGrains line of four new flavours that combine grain blends with fruit combinations.
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.
Sept. 2, 2014, St. Catharines, Ont. – Two university graduates have started a coffee-packaging business that creates private-label coffee pods for smaller companies, reports The Brock News. | READ MORE Gabriel MarchiondaTw Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf
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
Alpharetta, GA – Ingenico Group recently reported more than 200 per cent year-over-year growth in shipments of its suite of iSelf Series solutions as a result of new additions to the Ingenico Group Unattended Partner Program.
Alberta – People and businesses in southern Alberta are being warned about counterfeit money. Fake bills have been turning up in small towns surrounding Calgary more frequently in the past few months. Global News reports. | READ MORE
San Jose, CA – Payments and commerce company Verifone is collaborating with FIS, a financial services and payment technology manufacturer, to allow consumers to pay with loyalty points linked to their credit or debit cards at the point of sale.
Iuliana Nita of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics summarizes regulations affecting materials that come in contact with food substances and suggests ways food processors and providers can meet those standards.
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.
With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about which refreshing beverages will help your customers survive the dog days of summer. And while it’s hard to go wrong with a good, old-fashioned pitcher of iced tea or lemonade, the increasing diversity of cold beverage options in Canada should give both consumers and vending operators something to think about when it comes to choosing their beverages this summer.
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?
Toronto – In the interests of setting the record straight on issues surrounding bottled water, Elizabeth Griswold, executive director of the Canadian Bottled Water Association and secretary general of the International Council of Bottled Water Associations, shares common myths and misconceptions about the bottled water industry – and some often overlooked facts.
Toronto – Produce companies have been paying increasing attention to first impressions and convenience, focusing on kid-friendly packaging and sizing to draw children and parents towards snack-ready fruits and vegetables. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Westfield, MA – A vending machine in Westfield, Mass., caters to cyclists by stocking bicycle parts and supplies – including tubes, patch kits, locks and headlights – and lubricants and snacks that cyclists like. Massachusetts Live Media reports. | READ MORE
Framingham, MA – Two new studies linking both regular and diet soft drinks to brain changes, stroke and dementia could make those who love the drinks rethink their hydration choices. CTV News reports. | READ MORE
Davis, CA – At University of California Davis, one student is making it possible to get the morning-after pill from what he is calling the Plan B vending machine. Popsugar 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
South Africa – Black Insomnia, a South Africa-based coffee company, says it has scientific proof its blend is the most caffeinated in the world with “dangerously high levels of caffeine." The caffeinated coffees is now available in the United States. Food and Wine reports. | READ MORE
Bogota, Colombia – Colombia produced 1.29 million 60-kg bags of mild washed Arabica coffee in February, an 18 per cent increase compared to the 1.1 million bags produced during the same previous month, according to the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation.
Burnaby, B.C. – The leading producers of non-reusable coffee pods are trying to make a dent in the amount of waste flowing into Canadian landfills. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Bristol, U.K. – A genetic variant called CHRNA5, which causes people to smoke more, also might cause them to crave more caffeine, suggests a study credited to the University of Bristol in the U.K. The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory reports. | READ MORE
Napa, CA – You may have heard of Italian specialty caffè corretto, or "corrected coffee." Now a café called Molinari in Napa, Calif., is serving coffee that's flavoured with wine. Forbes reports. | READ MORE
Stanford, CA – A recently published Stanford University School of Medicine study suggests caffeine consumption counters the chronic inflammation responsible for more than 90 per cent of many cardiovascular and other age-related diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Market Watch reports. | 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.
Las Vegas, NV – NAMA OneShow organizers want to help operators learn all they need to know to successfully launch and run a micro market and gain the certificate to prove it.
Whether you work in vending, office coffee service or micro markets, your website needs to meet some key objectives. Marketing pro Marc Gordon highlights five tasks your company's website should accomplish.
On behalf of the CAMA Board of Directors, I want to extend best wishes and thoughts for all those across Canada; particularly those in Alberta who were faced with terrible fires in May and June and with flooding late July to early August.
You have ambition and drive. You want to advance in your career, and you’d prefer to do it sooner rather than later. The good news is that no matter where you are in your career, you can begin accelerating your professional development by taking three simple steps – and you can start today. All you need to do is integrate the steps below into your daily routine and commit to continuously learn and grow as a professional.
It is my pleasure to submit my first message as CAMA president. CAMA Expo 2015, held in Niagara Falls, was a resounding success and served as an opportunity for industry members to make their voices heard. We learned that micro markets are indeed on everyone’s radar and this added a new and appreciated element to the show floor.
In 2012, Jim Jackson stepped into the wrong elevator in a Las Vegas hotel. In hindsight, it turned out to be the right one after all.
I’d bet many of the most lucrative opportunities are treated first as fairy dust before the trailblazers start making bricks of gold. It’s the nature of humanity to be skeptical of change, to be wary of doing things differently. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” is an adage so familiar it may be a little broke itself these days. The business climate is one of swift change and a continual push for bigger, for better, for more profits and more efficiency.
Despite the challenges of providing nutritious and tasty options that the health and wellness trend has caused in the vending industry, leading Canadian and American workplaces are realizing the many physical and financial benefits that come with a healthier workforce, prompting a shift in corporate policies. Healthy workplaces are no longer an afterthought, but rather the focus.
The new manager walks into the conference room. The several staff members turn and look at each other expressing obvious shock over is youthfulness. He begins to tell the staff that he is only instituting one new change: they are going to begin online marketing using LinkedIn.
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