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The National Automatic Merchandising Association inducted two dozen industry legends into its new Coffee Services Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at its recent 2016 Coffee, Tea & Water conference in Nashville. Vending Times editor in chief Tim Sanford, whose reporting on the coffee service industry is read around the world, was among the honorees...
Dan Mathews' 18-year tenure at NAMA was the culmination of a 50-year career in the vending industry. He spearheaded the vending association's 16-year partnership with Michigan State University and Fit Pick better-for-your program, among initiatives...

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Colombia produced 1.29 million 60-kg. bags of arabica coffee in February, an 18% increase, compared with the 1.1 million bags produced during in February 2016...
Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has agreed to pay a $5.8 million civil penalty to the U.S. government to settle charges that it failed to report an alleged defect with its Keurig Mini Plus home brewing system that injured consumers...
Café X Technologies has developed a robotic café that blends the functionality of baristas with specialty coffee preparation methods. The Café X robot has been employed at San Francisco's Metreon retail and entertainment center...

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Danny Paszkiewicz died on March 6. Paszkiewicz was the owner of Baltimore-based Cardinal Distributing Co. Inc., a leading supplier vendable novelties. He was 71...
The National Bulk Vendors Association's upcoming convention and trade show, again collocated with Amusement Expo International, promises to have one of the strongest educational programs, continuing a four-year-long trend on the industry seminar circuit. NBVA's 2017 convention and Amusement Expo take place in Dallas Mar. 14-16...

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As a trade magazine covering the vending, refreshment service and away-from-home amusement industry for more than five decades, we often are asked to identify emerging trends and consumer drivers. One theme that has become central to these inquiries might be called "The Workplace of the Future"... by Alicia Lavay
Not surprisingly, Amusement Expo International, which takes place March 14 through 16 in Dallas, is promising to be among the more important trade shows in recent years. The venue has changed from Las Vegas to Dallas, and the show looks as if it will build on the momentum of optimism and spirit of innovation apparent at the past few expositions... by Hank Schlesinger
The vending industry has not done a particularly effective job of publicizing its employment prospects for young people with good interpersonal skills and a willingness to work... by Tim Sanford

Guest Columns

In my last article, I speculated about the possibility of fewer regulations in general, given our new POTUS, and how that may or may not affect us in a "close to home" fashion. Many regulations are fine and justified, but all too often, unintended consequences resulting from well intentioned policies can slow the wheels of progress so horribly as to bring them virtually to a stop... by Kevin Daw
Beginning with this article, I will be describing several promotions that I have used successfully over the years in the office refreshment segment. Scratch-off cards resembling state lottery tickets can offer a choice of incentives for purchases of specified products. They also enable sales reps to strengthen their ties with their client contacts... by Len Rashkin
I recently came across an article written and published by Vending Times eight years ago. It covered a seminar I presented during the 2008 AMOA International Expo: "A Shot at Redemption for Route Operators." Today, the operation of redemption amusements in street locations, and even the use of POS systems to centralize payments and player points in installations with only a dozen units, is among the hottest topics in the industry. In this column, I'd like to update that VT article and retell it in my words... by Frank "the Crank" Seninsky
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