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Toronto – BrandSpark International announced the results of their fifteenth annual Best New Product Awards (BNPA.)
Montreal – On March 27, 2018 The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) released a comprehensive report on the state of food loss and waste in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Ottawa – A graduate student at University of Ottawa launched an initiative to make affordable, reusable water bottles available through campus vending machines.
Wichita, KA – Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Co has recalled more than 766,000 cases of beverages due to sharp edges on several cans that may cause consumer injury. Food Quality News reports.| Read More
Malvern, PA – Crane Payment Innovations will expand its mobile payment portfolio through a partnership with PayRange, a provider of mobile payment technology and consumer engagement systems.
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.

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