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Toronto – Intrepid Travel is challenging shoppers to spend their money on “experiences, not things,” as it launches its Vacation Vending Machine in Toronto’s busiest shopping mall today. TravelWeek reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Energy drinks have been thoroughly tested and are considered safe by the world’s leading health authorities, the Canadian Beverage Association said in response to the release of Canadian survey results citing adverse effects of caffeinated energy drinks among youth and young adults.
Atlanta, GA – Diet Coke has redesigned its cans and introduced new flavours in an effort to appeal to a younger generation of drinkers and halt declining sales. CNBC reports. | READ MORE
Mountain View, CA – Google is combining its payment platforms, including Android Pay and Google Wallet, together under the single brand Google Pay.
Toronto and Tampa, FL – Cott Corporation has encountered a regulatory issue with the announced sale of its traditional beverage manufacturing business to Refresco for USD $1.25 billion, the company said in a news release.
Toronto – Second Cup Coffee Co. today committed to eliminate artificial colours and flavours, preservatives, and high-fructose corn syrup from all beverages on its menu.
Amsterdam, Netherlands – When people encounter stimuli they have learned to associate with certain snacks, they tend to choose those products, even when they know these are unhealthy, according to research carried out by psychologists from the University of Amsterdam.
Toronto – The Tea and Herbal Association of Canada is offering a slate of classes focused on tea online and at several community colleges.
Zaandam, Netherlands – Beginning this month, Dutch supermarket brand Albert Heijn is testing "tap to go" technology at one of its convenience stores, allowing customers to pay for items without going through the checkout.
Toronto – GreenSpace Brands Inc. will acquire Galaxy Nutritional Foods Inc., owner of the Go Veggie brand of alternative cheese products.
Hicksville, NY – Long Island Iced Tea Corp. is changing its name to Long Blockchain Corp., as it wants to focus more on blockchain technology. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Payments Canada has issued an in-depth report on its vision for payment system modernization in Canada, including infrastructure, rules and standards.
Toronto – Metrolinx, an Ontario agency that manages road and public transport, has chosen Montreal-based SEM’s Paymax machines to sell Presto cards in its recently opened Line 1 extension.
Ottawa – The Bank of Canada has issued a reminder to Canadians to be vigilant in checking bank notes this holiday season.
Victoria – A vending machine that distributes hydromorphone pills to people with opioid addictions is one idea being explored in a pilot project to curb overdose deaths. The Times-Colonist reports. | READ MORE

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