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The international automatic distribution showcase, Venditialia, will discuss balancing the trend towards healthier food choices, while meeting the need for snackified, hand-held convenience.
Health Canada wants to add industrially produced partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) to its “List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods,” a move that would effectively ban their use in Canada by the summer of 2018.
Toronto – Produce companies have been paying increasing attention to first impressions and convenience, focusing on kid-friendly packaging and sizing to draw children and parents towards snack-ready fruits and vegetables. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Framingham, MA – Two new studies linking both regular and diet soft drinks to brain changes, stroke and dementia could make those who love the drinks rethink their hydration choices. CTV News reports. | READ MORE
New York – Americans now officially drink more bottled water than soda. Annual sales of bottled water surpass soda in the U.S. for the first time ever, according to Beverage Marketing Corporation, a research firm dedicated to the global beverage industry.
Hong Kong – The tiny Torba Tourism Council in the remote Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is planning to outlaw all imported food at government functions and tourist establishments across the province’s 13 inhabited islands. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
New study by food and agribusiness financial service provider Rabobank states that millenials’ current beverage habits will change the way coffee will be sold within a decade from now.
Front-of-Pack labels were found most effective when they included a graphic warning of the dangers of diet-related diseases.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO,) tea consumption is on the rise. 
Confection company Nielsen reported that the two weeks leading up to Easter of 2016 generated 20% more sales than Halloween. In total Easter candy generated over $1.1 billion U.S. Confectionery News reports.
Sports bloopers often about preventable errors that favor the other team. The classic is when players score against their own side. In the world of business, there are similar blunders - particularly during buying conversations with potential customers - that end up favouring the competition. As I explain in my seminars for sales teams, it's not always a shortfall in your company's product, price, or service that ruins a potential sale. Often it's inadvertent comments that put customers off just enough for them to choose your competitor. Unfortunately, sales reps are usually unaware they commit these offences so they keep repeating them. See if you or your team members ever make these top six selling gaffs.
David Furman has upped his single shot of espresso to a double shot.
Competition for creating sustainable containers and cutlery to reduce plastic waste is heating up.
The next time you look at a tulip, reflect upon that fact that in the late 1500s, one tulip was valued at as much as an estate. The flower had been imported from the Middle East, contracted a virus that made a variety of pretty colours appear on its petals and people became convinced foreigners would pay a fortune for them.
Amazon gobsmacked the retail sector this year when it piloted small grocery stores without cashiers or checkouts. Amazon’s Seattle-based test store used computer vision, deep learning algorithms and sensor fusion, like that found in self-driving cars. Amazon branded it “Just Walk Out” technology.
Rebekah Iliff talks to Visa's Jack Forestell about the push to move into a cashless future. The HuffPost reports. |READ MORE
Steve Jobs once said, “Packaging can be theatre, it can create a story.” Anyone who’s purchased an Apple device knows that the products are presented in the most premium way. There’s a sense of gravitas to the first opening of the box. While Jobs is correct in noting packaging’s role in the brand experience, it’s also expected to serve functional requirements. Protector, marketer, salesman, environmental steward and,increasingly, digital beacon: the humble package will play a key role in all retail channels going forward.
Westfield, MA – A vending machine in Westfield, Mass., caters to cyclists by stocking bicycle parts and supplies – including tubes, patch kits, locks and headlights – and lubricants and snacks that cyclists like. Massachusetts Live Media reports. | READ MORE

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