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San Diego, CA – Reis & Irvy’s, Inc. said it will be the world’s first mainstream vending machine company to accept cryptocurrencies in exchange for a frozen yogurt and ice cream products.
Toronto – A Canadian businessman and philanthropist and a former NBA player have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to acquire the Coca-Cola Company’s Canadian bottling and distribution business, Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada.
Halifax – Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz Thursday unveiled the new $10 bank note featuring Viola Desmond during a ceremony at the Halifax Central Library.
Ottawa – The Bank of Canada is sharing information on the federal government’s 2018 budget initiative to seek the authority to remove legal tender status from Canadian bank notes.
Italy - EVOCA, a manufacturer of professional coffee machines, has acquired the assets of VE Global Solutions (VEGS), a Cleveland-based coffee machine dealer.
Purchase, NY – PepsiCo is expanding its Hello Goodness brand of better-for-you snacks and drinks online and making curated boxes available on Amazon. CNBC reports. | READ MORE
St. John’s – Cineplex plans to build a new location of its dining and amusement centre The Rec Room in St. John’s, N.L.
Tokyo – Japan has a new café where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista. The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo’s downtown. Associated Press reports. | READ MORE
Chicago and Quebec – Conagra Brands will sell its Del Monte processed fruit and vegetable business in Canada to Bonduelle Group.
Chicago – Leaders from the Maryland/DC Vending Association recently testified before the Maryland Legislature’s House Economic Matters Committee in support of a bill that would establish a uniform definition and licensing requirements for micro market operators across the state.
Guelph, Ont. – Whether your child asks for crackers, cookies or veggies to snack on could be linked to genetics, according to new findings from the Guelph Family Health Study at the University of Guelph. | READ MORE
Vadodara, India – Farmers in India will be able to buy fertilizers in smaller quantities close to their villages thanks to a vending machine made by Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals. READ MORE
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.

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