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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
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
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.
Better hydration and fun experience in beverage drinking are at the core of consumer demand for soft drinks in Canada, according to a February 2017 report from international research firm Euromonitor.
With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about which refreshing beverages will help your customers survive the dog days of summer. And while it’s hard to go wrong with a good, old-fashioned pitcher of iced tea or lemonade, the increasing diversity of cold beverage options in Canada should give both consumers and vending operators something to think about when it comes to choosing their beverages this summer.
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.
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
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

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