Innovation
Cologne, Germany – ISM 2016, a European trade fair for sweets and snacks, will highlight snacking, to-go and breakfast segments in themed pavilions and include a cupping counter.
Customized, branded vending machines with built-in camera, PC and Wi-Fi capabilities, are inviting consumers to interact through 47-inch transparent LCD screens in an Air Miles Canada branding campaign. ScreenMediaMag.com reports. | READ MORE
June 29, 2015 – Whether the challenges arise from understanding consumer behaviour, developing new flavours, tastes and delivery models, or integrating today’s trends around organic and responsible food production, food and beverage organizations have their work cut out for them, according to consulting firm Kalypso.
June 25, 2015, Edmonton – Edmonton Tourism's Twitter vending machine will hit the open road to Fort McMurray and Saskatoon this summer, enticing visitors to tweet and win prizes such as hotel stays, gift cards and attractions passes.
June 16, 2015, Des Moines, IA – Des Moines stands to be the first city in the United States to have a vending-machine-style, robotic grocery store as part of an experiment to bring healthy food and necessities to a neighbourhood that doesn't have enough. The Des Moines Register reports. | READ MORE
May 28, 2015, Vancouver – The Museum of Vancouver is hosting an exhibition and exploration of one of human happiness that asks visitors to rate their happiness by gumball machine.
May 13, 2015, St. John's – To promote awareness of hearing loss, the St. John's chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association has installed a new vending machine just inside the Mile One Centre stadium entrance stocked with foam earplugs. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
May 7, 2015, Milan, Italy – Technology firm Jabil announced this week at the Venditalia trade fair that it will products based on the Intel Reference Design for Intelligent Vending, including the new Intel IoT Retail Gateway for Intelligent Vending.
April 27, 2015, Vancouver – Kaneh Bosm Biotechnology says it will be installing two high-tech marijuana vending machines – called BioCanna ADMs – by the end of April. The locations have not yet been revealed, The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
April 20, 2015, Moscow – Volkswagen and DDB Russia have created a new kind of eco-currency for the car company’s Think Blue campaign. To make it easier for customers to recycle, they installed a custom-made  vending machine in areas of Russia that only accepts batteries as payment. PFSK reports. | READ MORE
April 15, 2015, – Smart vending machines, digital content delivery and maintenance and energy savings are all examples of the impact the "Internet of Things" can have on the vending industry's revenue streams and business models, The Business Journals reports. | READ MORE
April 13, 2015, Moscow – A vending machine that allows you to buy space food is now up in the Cosmos paviion at exhibition centre VDNKh. The products also have other applications such as extreme sports, The Moscow Times reports. | READ MORE
April 1, 2015, Vancouver – A vending machine called "The Gak Shack" provides duct tape, green laser pens and iPhone chargers 24/7 to film crews working long hours at North Shore Studios in Vancouver, Reel West reports. | READ MORE
March 18, 2015, Philadelphia – Snackbot, an enhanced snack machine that quizzes employees on Campbells' history, products and marketing efforts in exchange for products or gadgets, is an example of how brand marketers might attract rather than repel customers, a Philadelphia Business Journal article suggests. | READ MORE
Vending company Happy Vending is bringing vending machines dispensing everything from milk to toiletries to apartment buildings in Yaletown and Burnaby, B.C.

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