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CAMA Connection: Working Towards Partnership

Working Towards Partnership


February 29, 2008
By Amanda Curtis

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This year has been a bit of a rough ride for the vending industry.
While our industry provides a wide variety of product 24/7 in every
region of Canada, there continue to be consumers, governments and
advocacy groups that fail to see the value of this service. In fact, it
seems vending is in danger of becoming an increasingly recognized
target in the international movement to fight obesity.

camalogoblackblueThis year has been a bit of a rough ride for the vending industry. While our industry provides a wide variety of product 24/7 in every region of Canada, there continue to be consumers, governments and advocacy groups that fail to see the value of this service. In fact, it seems vending is in danger of becoming an increasingly recognized target in the international movement to fight obesity.
 
On the plus side, we are pleased to report a developing awareness of CAMA and its efforts on behalf of vending operators and suppliers, and our customers. Radio and television opportunities have enabled our leaders to speak positively about the industry to viewers and listeners in major centres in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Meetings have also been held with provincial governments and nutritionists to explore ways in which we can help the Healthy Lifestyle campaign by offering products of choice.
 
CAMA wishes to promote the fact that, collectively, we may be the largest chain of convenience stores in Canada. Association leaders believe we are well positioned to influence public opinion. However, to do this effectively, we must be able to show a unified front, and if the majority of the industry waits for others to take action there is a real danger that we may be regulated out of existence.

The activity level of CAMA has grown substantially over the past year and we are requesting your support so that we can further enhance our success ratio. Those interested in becoming actively involved in CAMA outreach to politicians and the public in their home province are encouraged to contact the CAMA office at info@vending-cama.com or 888-849-2262.
With your help, 2008 can be a turning point for vending in Canada, and we will look to the magazine as the primary
vehicle for spreading the word on activity and accomplishments within both our association and the industry as a whole.

We look forward to hearing from you and take this opportunity to extend our best wishes for the Holiday Season, and every success in the year ahead.

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