Angie Hargraves has a personal connection to the shift towards healthy food choices in vending merchandisers. The industry veteran, who has worked for Toronto-based Vending Products of Canada for 16 years, was severely obese just two years ago.
Canada - Samsung's mobile payment system, Samsung Pay, is expected to launch in Canada by the end of 2016, according to Mobile Syrup. The company says it processed nearly 100 million mobile pay transactions since it launched in seven countries over the past year. |READ MORE
Calgary - Employee productivity is tied to a good lunch, Calgary dietitian Andrea Holwegner. Too often corporate wellness programs focus on fitness, but overlook nutrition education or offering healthy food choices at work, Holwegner writes in the Calgary Herald. |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.
Canada - In a contributed article to the Times Colonist, Sylvain Charlebois, dean of management and professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, writes that the food industry needs to capitalize on the growing number of single people in Canada.
London - Britain announced last week that it will begin taxing companies that sell drinks with a total sugar content above 5 grams per 100 millilitres. The government plans to spend the money collected from the tax on health programs for school children, The Globe and Mail reports. |READ MORE
International - Sales have slowed as economic growth worldwide has slowed, putting the spotlight on companies to cut costs to drive profits. In the coffee industry, the breakneck rise of JAB Holdings is pushing Nestlé to innovate once more to keep its global dominance, Reuters reports. |READ MORE
Canada - Canada’s anti-money-laundering agency is studying how vulnerable financial technology startups are to financial crime. The agency director says the government must encourage innovation while protecting the integrity and stability of the financial system, The Canadian Press reports. |READ MORE
United States - A bank in the U.S. is using a vending machine that is activated through Twitter to promote its position as the official bank of the Philadelphia Eagles. The machine requires users to tweet a particular hashtag in order to receive a prize, CNBC reports. |READ MORE
Canada - Global News reporter Carmen Chai asked a handful of Dietitians of Canada experts to list so-called “healthy” foods that they’d rarely feed their families. Fat-free salad dressings, granola bars and Vitamin-enriched water all made the list. |READ MORE
Canada - The federal government has considered the option of taxing soft drinks to address obesity rates. A memo obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act shows that Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office requested an internal study into the pros and cons of levying a tax on soda pop, the Toronto Star reports. |READ MORE
Toronto - General Mills launched a new line of Fibre 1 bars that the company says will allow Canadian consumers to have their cake and eat it too. The new Fibre 1 Cheesecake Bars are available in Key Lime and Chocolate flavours and are 150 calories per bar.
Cincinnati, Ohio - Xavier University will be offering students pizza from a vending machine beginning this fall. The university has partnered with a French company to install the first vending machine in North America to dispense heated, ready-made pizzas, the Chicago Tribune reports. |READ MORE
Canada - A growing number of Canadians will have access to Apple Pay with two more banks – President’s Choice Financial and Tangerine – joining the list of financial institutions that support the mobile payment technology for credit card purchases. Financial Post reports. |READ MORE
Canada - A coalition of health charities in Canada – including the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Childhood Obesity Foundation – is pushing for a complete ban on all food and beverage advertising aimed at children and youth. Organizers of the coalition say 90 per cent of food marketed to children is high in sugar, salt and fat, Metro News reports. |READ MORE
Ottawa - A catering company is opening a fresh-food vending machine at the Innovation Centre in Ottawa. The company, LUNCH, won the bid to launch a cafeteria in the centre by the end of the year, and will be installing a vending machine to offer fresh sandwiches, drinks and snacks when the cafeteria is closed, Sarah Brown reports for Ottawa Magazine. |READ MORE