Industry News
Bow Island, Alta. – The sun will set on Spitz – the southern Alberta success story that grew into a nationally known sunflower seed snack and was bought out by an international snack food company 10 years ago. The Lethbridge Herald reports. | READ MORE
San Diego, CA – Students at UC San Diego will soon be able use their campus cards and TritonCash to pay for the morning-after pill, along with a number of other health-related items, from a campus “Wellness Vending Machine.” CR80 News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – Health Canada will launch consultations on regulations for a new front-of-package nutrition symbol on food as part of its healthy eating strategy.
Chicago – The National Automatic Merchandising Association has announced the winners of its 2018 industry awards.
Toronto – Talk of the potential for daintier corn chips marketed towards women has sparked a visceral viral reaction, with some marketing experts saying the comments were a ploy by PepsiCo to test the market. The National Post reports. | READ MORE
Shanghai, China – The China International Self-service, Kiosk and Vending Show 2018, set for April 26-28 in Shanghai, will provide a forum for vending, coffee service and micro market related products and new technologies.
Vancouver — The The McLaughlin on Your Side team at CTV News and Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy founder Les Kuan gathered a group of people for a blind tasting coffee test with surprising results. |READ MORE
Minneapolis, MN – This weekend, ad agency Space150 deployed a snowball vending machine near the site of Super Bowl LII, offering snowballs inside customized canisters that display the exact date of creation. Ad Week reports. | READ MORE
Toronto and Tampa, FL – Cott Corporation has closed the sale of its traditional beverage manufacturing business to Refresco for $1.25 billion US.
Plano, TX, and Burlington, MA – Keurig Green Mountain will buy Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, creating beverage company, Keurig Dr. Pepper, with about $11 billion in annual sales.
Boston, New York and Chicago – Cargo has launched a vending machine in Boston, New York and Chicago that works in a moving vehicle and allows Uber drivers to sell popular snack and convenience items to their customers. PYMNTS.com reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Benefit Cosmetics will launch its first beauty product vending machine in Canada at Calgary International Airport in Spring 2018.
Manchester, U.K. – Researchers at the University of Manchester have carried out the first study looking at the carbon footprint of home-made and pre-packaged sandwiches. They considered the life cycle of sandwiches, including the production of ingredients, sandwiches and their packaging, as well as food waste. The University of Manchester reports. | READ MORE
Seattle, WA – The first Amazon Go grocery and convenience store opened to the public Monday in Seattle. The store allows customers with an Amazon account and the Amazon Go app to bypass the checkout line. GeekWire reports. | READ MORE
Atlanta, GA – The Coca-Cola Company announced its goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100 per cent of its packaging by 2030.
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