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Machines need change to revive vending business
The Daytona Beach News-Journal    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Like that scrumptious bag of chips dangling behind the vending machine glass, refusing to fall, the promised economic recovery is teasing Manuel Barrios. "Some weeks, there is a little hope," said Barrios, owner of Cellars Vending in Daytona Beach, Fla. "But it's like starting an engine that sputters a little and you think it's going to run, then it stalls and stops." More

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Coffee & Water

Peet's extends its Diedrich exchange offer again
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Peet's Coffee & Tea Inc. extended for a second time its exchange offer to buy coffee wholesaler Diedrich Coffee Inc., the gourmet coffee chain recently said. Peet's is offering a combination of cash and stock valued at $26 per share, compared to a competing offer by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters of $35 per share. More

Cold competition
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Competition is brewing in the latest frontier of the java wars: iced coffee. Dunkin' Donuts recently rolled out its Iced Dunkin' Dark Roast to undercut its biggest rivals. Meanwhile, java leader Starbucks is planning to upgrade its popular frappuccino iced coffee drink next month. And McDonald's intends to launch new blended coffee iced drinks and smoothies this summer. The new drinks show how competitive the coffee wars have gotten as chains that have increasingly tried to one-up one another attempt to take advantage of coffee drinkers’ growing affinity for having the beverage served over ice. More

Business / Industry

Company offers healthy vending machine snacks    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you're hungry and in a hurry, would you rather reach for a healthy snack in a vending machine? A Chicago-area couple started Healthy U to do that; the company operates vending machines filled only with certified-organic or 100 percent natural products. "The motivation was my kids and sometimes when they're at schools and we're not there, they don't have the best choices," said Hephner, Healthy U Vending.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Snyder's follows Frito-Lay's lead, offers sustainable packaging
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Just a few weeks after Frito-Lay rolled out the 100 percent compostable SunChips bag, Snyder's has announced sustainability packaging of its own. Like Frito-Lay, the pretzel maker has decided to use plant-based materials in some of its packaging. The polylactic acid resin (PLA)-based bags, produced by Clear Lam Packaging, replace petroleum-based plastic bags in Snyder's line of organic pretzels. More

The battle over bottled water
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Published in recognition of World Water Day, a video called The Story of Bottled Water, made its debut on YouTube recently, using animation and snappy narration to convey what its makers consider to be the evils of bottled water. Not missing a beat, the International Bottled Water Association, declared the new video to be sensational, and quickly posted its own minifilm, highlighting the sustainability practices of its members, which include major brands like Nestlé. More


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