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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
A consumer behaviour study by Packaged Facts revealed that on-the-go breakfast preferences are changing for more protein-laden options.
The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) stated that despite environmental concerns, the convenience of plastic packaging will win out over cost.
Market research firm Packaged Facts states that the trend towards more “exotic” tea blends such as matcha and sencha are gaining popularity, due to perceived health benefits.
Researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) have found that the cleanliness of restaurant employees is vital to customer perceptions of food safety, equally as important as a clean environment and hygienic food preparation.
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.
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.
Gigi’s Cupcakes announced that as of June 4th, 2018, they will ship baked goods everywhere in the United States, in as little as 24 hours.
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.

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