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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Dec. 1 deadline for calorie disclosure compliance for vending machines has arrived...
Municipal water supplies in the U.S. are almost always safe, unless something goes wrong. John Miller, national sales manager of Vertex Water Products pointed out that things do go wrong and are likely to do so with growing frequency in the years ahead, as the nation's public water infrastructure continues to age. This danger has been dramatically illustrated by the situation in Flint, MI. In light of this troubling reality, Miller observed, vending and office coffee service operators are well positioned to play an increasingly valuable role in ensuring safe, pure, good-tasting water supplies in the locations they serve, and winning the business of new ones...
Results of six-month study by USAT show marketers who promote Apple Pay see increase in mobile payments and overall spend at point-of-sale [press release]
Australian vending operator Robbie Allison has devised a new solution to the age-old problem of providing affordable, appealing late-night meals to consumers away from home. He's deploying ShelfX's "vending fridge" merchandised with a new line of shelf-stable, restaurant-quality meals to feed patrons around the clock -- with zero waste. And he's in a position to help other Australian operators follow suit...

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Discount Coffee's Kirby Newbury says a route sales failure is a Web sales opportunity. Newbury’s company has pioneered the sale of coffee service products and accessories over the Internet...

Foodservice News

ConAgra Brands Inc. has completed the spinoff of its Lamb Weston frozen potato business. Its new name, representing its remaining branded food business, changed from ConAgra Foods...

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In a move that is being heralded as a victory for independent ATM operators, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed two related cases that sought to overturn a 2015 ruling by ta Court of Appeals. Those lawsuits, which seek damages for consumers and ATM operators for violations of antitrust law, can now proceed...
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Cineplex Entertainment subsidiary Cineplex Starburst Inc., one of North America's largest distributors and operators of amusement and vending equipment, has been rebranded as Player One Amusement Group...
When Alfred Bergman left the vaudeville circuit in the 1920s, he didn't stray far from entertainment. A short-lived and less-than-successful stint in the restaurant business was followed by ownership of a much more successful record shop in Buffalo. He soon became a jukebox distributor. His coin-op music legacy is alive and well, under the stewardship of his two sons Randy and Robert...

Bulk Vending News & Features

National Bulk Vendors Association said that early sales of booths for its 67th annual tradeshow are on track to surpass this year's showing in Las Vegas, where 16 exhibitors purchased 35 booths...

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Those who attended the seminars conducted by industry market research pioneer Brad Bachtelle for the National Automatic Merchandising Association several years ago will recall his discussion of the great advantage possessed by operations that can implement changes quickly and smoothly... by Tim Sanford
Observing the heated presidential debates has been entertaining, to say the least, not unlike watching a reality television show. I found myself anticipating each exchange to see who would throw the next stone, what kind of stone it would be and how the opponent would retaliate. ... by Alicia Lavay
Sometimes it proves productive to think about business in a new way. Scientists call these exercises "thought experiments." Even the toughest of the hardnosed businessmen find value, if only occasionally, in these flights of fancy. With that in mind, let me propose a somewhat unconventional way to look at coin-operated amusement machines... by Hank Schlesinger

Guest Columns

Training your sales team properly to present your equipment, products and overall service is paramount to the success of your company. In this month's column, I'll attempt to describe an exercise that has worked well for me in the past, when I've trained salespeople... by Len Rashkin
Learn from experience while you can! If you’re attending the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Coffee, Tea & Water conference, it will be worthwhile to chat with the industry pioneers enrolled in its new Hall of Fame ..by Kevin Daw
Excellent sales training and performance pay off best for vending and coffee operations that eliminate unnecessary expenses. Let's look at how controlling costs can help optimize sales success... by Len Rashkin
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