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Health Warrior, an American healthy food to-go company has launched a product that indulges those who want the comfort of a mug cake, but the nutritional content of a muffin.
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.
Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. announced their 2019 confection aisle shelving guidelines for c-store retailers, based on consumer research, to increase total category growth of confectionary.
A Mintel report indicated that consumers are buying more fermented drinks, such as kombucha. Kombucha is a lightly fermented tea that is made from a yeast culture and yields a slightly fizzy, often fruity but acidic taste.
 Marketing intelligence firm, Mintel stated that Ketogenic diets, or “Keto” diets have gone from niche to fad: But how can the vending industry gain from this market?
Consumer research has revealed that cereal is no longer just a breakfast food item. Mintel revealed that more than 43 per cent of cereal consumers eat it as a snack.
A consumer study by Mintel has revealed that the ready-to-eat (RTE) popcorn market is experiencing a strong sales boost due to its “health halo”, but consumers are seeking wilder flavours.
Market research company Packaged Facts reports that meal kit delivery is disrupting vending services: Last year, sales of meal kits exceeded US$5 billion.
The technology behind once too-good-to-be-true tools like facial recognition and 3D printing has advanced by leaps and bounds. Many of us own or pine for “smart” devices and use dozens of apps a day for personal purposes. So what about business?
Competition for creating sustainable containers and cutlery to reduce plastic waste is heating up. Makers of the Loliware line of edible cups, announced their hyper-compostable, edible drinking straws, the Lolistraw.
Häagen-Dazs now caters to those who want instant gratification when it comes to ice cream.
Joshua Applestone, found of Applestone Meat Co., started using vending machines to sell frozen meat in four New York state locations.
Did your parents ever send a loving note along with your lunch? The Kellogg Company in the United States had partnered with the National Federation of the Blind to make their Rice Krispies Treatsmore accessible to children with low or no vision.
The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) has launched a web-based research tool to help vendors in the United States.

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