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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
U.K. and Brazil – During a recent commentary on current research and policy into sweetened drinks, researchers from universities in London and Brazil argued that sugar-free and “diet” drinks offer no more help when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight than their full-sugar counterparts. Nutrition Insight reports. | READ MORE
Baltimore, MD – Roasted seaweed snacks, refrigerated nutrition bars and whole milk products are among products exhibited at Expo East in Baltimore that illustrate that illustrate the trend toward healthy snack and confectionery products. Candy Industry reports. | READ MORE
London, UK – Growth of healthy snacks rose by seven per cent in 2014-15 compared to "conventional" snacks, which increased by only five per cent, according to a recent presentation by research firm Euromonitor.
Angie Hargraves has a personal connection to the shift towards healthy food choices in vending merchandisers. The industry veteran, who has worked for Toronto-based Vending Products of Canada for 16 years, was severely obese just two years ago.
Atlantic Canada – When the skies turn grey and the wind howls along the eastern coastline, shoppers head to supermarkets and convenience stores, to stock up on the essentials. But in the Atlantic provinces, there’s a new bad-weather staple: storm chips. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
London, Ont. – Breakfast is front and centre in McCormick & Company's 2017 Flavour Forecast, which highlights adventurous breakfast options, versatile eggs, and peppery foods as food trends to watch.
Chicago – Demand for natural beverages will grow as Canadians become more health-conscious, according to a new report from Technomic Inc.
London, UK – A company called Engagement Labs recently employed a tool known as TotalSocial to examine consumer conversations about brands and categories. The company found that while people seem to be talking about regular soft drinks, talk about diet soft drinks is starting to fizzle out. Bravo reports. | READ MORE
While big soda brands still lead the charge in the Canadian beverage market, consumer demand for healthier products and sustainable packaging are making an impact on the industry.
Canada - In a contributed article to the Times Colonist, Sylvain Charlebois, dean of management and professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, writes that the food industry needs to capitalize on the growing number of single people in Canada.
Davis, CA – At University of California Davis, one student is making it possible to get the morning-after pill from what he is calling the Plan B vending machine. Popsugar reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – A Nova Scotia entrepreneur will bring his healthy vending company to Canada after operating in the U.S. for several years.
Vancouver – A 24/7 kiosk in Vancouver that dispenses stamps with images of Group of Seven paintings has drawn collectors who recognize that the stamps it prints are rare and available only from that machine. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Barrie, Ont. – Members of SimCoLab, a Barrie, Ont., technology club, are looking to clone a soft drink vending machine based on the innovative Dash’N’Drink machine out of the U.S. Simcoe.com reports. | READ MORE
Littleton, MA – A vending machine is part of a system that allows the service department at a car dealership to monitor and control its distribution of shop supplies, manage technicians’ use of expensive tools, enhance the productivity of service and parts employees, eliminate lines at the parts desk and save time and money. Tire Business reports. | READ MORE
Winnipeg – Four health-conscious entrepreneurs have launched Protein My Way, an innovative vending machine business that provides fresh, all-natural protein shakes. CanStar Community News reports. | READ MORE

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