Blenz coffee served with a side of convenience

    Visa payWave technology offers convenience and the security benefits of

    TORONTO, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Visa Inc. (NYSE:   V) announced today in Canada
that Blenz The Canadian Coffee Company Ltd. is the latest company to join the
growing roster of Visa payWave(TM) contactless payment enabled merchants. Visa
payWave allows consumers to simply "wave and go" when stopping for their
favourite Blenz beverage.
    "Visa payWave makes everyday transactions faster and more convenient,"
said Mike Bradley, Head of Products, Visa Canada. "It's exciting to see one of
British Columbia's largest coffeehouses offering Visa payWave to its
    "We're excited to have found one more way to help our customers to enjoy
their day. With Visa payWave, they'll see fewer and quicker line-ups and they
can pick up their beverage and be on their way with just a friendly wave",
says George Moen, President, Blenz.
    Fifty-three Blenz locations in British Columbia will be equipped with
Visa payWave terminals that can help increase speed at the cash register,
which is an important consideration for quick service restaurants.
    The deployment of Visa payWave-enabled Visa cards and point-of-sale
terminals is closely aligned with Visa's migration to chip card technology in
Canada. Visa employs a layered approach to its fraud prevention efforts,
including technology on the card itself as well as on Visa's processing
network to help heighten security efforts.

    About Visa Inc.

    Visa operates the world's largest retail electronic payments network
providing processing services and payment product platforms. This includes
consumer credit, debit, prepaid and commercial payments, which are offered
under the Visa, Visa Electron, Interlink and PLUS brands. Visa enjoys
unsurpassed acceptance around the world and Visa/PLUS is one of the world's
largest global ATM networks, offering cash access in local currency in more
than 170 countries.

    About Blenz The Canadian Coffee Company Ltd.

    Blenz The Canadian Coffee Company Ltd. is a premium retailer of
handcrafted coffee, tea and other innovating and delicious specialty
beverages. All of Blenz' beverages are made in-store from only the highest
quality ingredients available. Blenz' commitment to serving a great cup of
coffee, providing and excellent customer experience, and providing world-class
training, has fuelled Blenz' growth from its inception. Blenz operates a
network of over 100 franchise locations in British Columbia, Japan, the United
Arab Emirates, Kuwait and the Philippines.

For further information:

For further information: Carla Morin, Visa Canada, (416) 860-8850,; Sarah Van Lange, Fleishman Hillard, (416) 645-8173,

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