Healthy Vending
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
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.
Consumers can be a demanding bunch. I want health! I want taste! I want convenience! I want it all! Consumers can also be a confusing bunch, which is what happens when willpower meets want versus need. In turn, it can be difficult to figure out what to offer people trying to balance health and taste, except for the fact that sales tend to speak for themselves.
Winnipeg - From tech start-ups to big corporations, employers are looking at creating more flexibility with health and wellness plans for their growing millennial staff. The Winnipeg Free Press reports. |READ MORE
Minneapolis – General Mills will remove artificial colours and flavours from its Fruit Snacks. The move comes two months after the company announced it would phase out artificial colours and flavours in cereal, its biggest U.S. product line. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Growing demand for more origin and nutrition information about the products we buy could mean the end of the simple bar code, The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
London, U.K. – The daily addition of a high-protein breakfast has better efficacy at improving free-living glycemic control compared with a no-protein breakfast in overweight/obese, but otherwise healthy, "breakfast skipping" adolescents, says a study published in the International Journal of Obesity. | READ MORE
Chicago – While the carbonated soft drink category is facing consumer perception challenges, opportunities exist to strengthen brand trust, authenticity and experience through trending natural and craft segments, suggests a report from research firm Mintel.
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