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Chicago – After years of driving snacks sales growth, indulgence is giving way to the disruptive force of better-for-you. Convenience-store sales of natural and specialty snacks hit $59.8 million in the U.S. in 2017, a 10.5 per cent leap over the year prior. CSP Daily News reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – The National Automatic Merchandising Association Foundation's 2016 Industry Census results are now available to members and non-members on the NAMA website.
New York – EyeLock and ViaTouch Media will work together to launch the first auto-retail vending solution enabled by iris authentication technology.
Ottawa – Despite the growing use of debit and credit cards, Canadians still use cash to process more than half of all transactions, suggests research by the Bank of Canada.
Colorado – Since appearing on the television show Shark Tank, entrepreneur Marc Crowley's cricket protein energy bar company, sold through his company, Chapul, has racked up strong sales. CNBC reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Canada's dietitians and pediatricians are discouraging parents from relying on plant-based drinks such as rice, coconut and almond milks as the main beverage for babies and young kids.
Belfast, Northern Ireland – Staff at Belfast's Mater Hospital in Northern Ireland have helped devise and produce a piece of technology intended to improve the safe delivery of blood products. BBC News reports. | READ MORE
Philadelphia — Hershey's Gold, the first new candy bar to carry the Hershey’s name in more than two decades, will be on store shelves next month. National Post reports. |READ MORE
P.E.I. — Island Waste Management is encouraging P.E.I. residents to put all their coffee pods in the black bin as it is getting too difficult to spot what is biodegradable and what is not. CBC News reports. |READ MORE
Colombia — BBC investigates coffee rust, a disease that has long been threatening Colombia's coffee crops and could change coffee consumption. |READ MORE
U.S. — A new small study indicates that simply seeing the word "snack" on a food product may contribute to the person eating more. Newsweek reports. |READ MORE
Ottawa — A pilot program that provides drug needles and pipes through vending machines is being hailed as a success with users, but one resident is concerned about its effect on her neighbourhood. CTV News reports. |READ MORE
Ottawa — The Liberal government gave an update on what it plans to do with the unexpected cash generated by a boom in Canada. National Post reports. |READ MORE
U.S. — The October edition of the PYMNTS Unattended Retail Tracker highlights how the latest developments in unattended retail technology are disrupting the ways in which consumers use public transportation, shop for vehicles, pay for fast food and more, writes PYMNTS.com. |READ MORE
Ottawa — The federal government will provide a fiscal and budget update today at 4:00 pm. Financial Post reports. |READ MORE
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