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As the head of the nation’s leading distributor of products for vending machines, micromarkets and coffee service operations, Vistar chief executive Pat Hagerty, is well positioned to keep a finger on the pulse of the market. His vantage point provides a panoramic view of the fast-changing food and beverage preferences of today's away-from-home consumers that, he reports, are driving an SKU explosion...
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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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As VR arcades begin to spread in certain parts of the world, questions have naturally arisen about their viability. Will they be temporary novelties or will they become sustainable businesses? One way to gauge the potential of these arcades is to analyze models that are working, or could work in the short term. And one of the most compelling models for VR arcades is being developed by Ctrl V of Waterloo, ON... by Michael Mascione
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This year's F2FEC idea exchange session in Atlanta emphasized differentiation as a key to building loyalty and repeat business. I believe that having the courage to be yourself is a straightforward way to differentiate yourself from a crowd of game-players when seeking to attract customers' attention... by Alicia Lavay
The ability to produce excellent single-portion wrapped food items was a valuable marketing tool in the early days of full-line vending, half a century ago. It still is, and has become more valuable than ever for operators wanting to please today’s food-focused patrons with micromarkets and pantries... by Tim Sanford
We are hearing a great deal about "artificial intelligence" these days. It's an attractive topic for speculation because it can mean a number of different things, and there really is no consensus on how to define "intelligence" in the first place... by Tim Sanford

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Engaging coffee service location contacts through entertaining promotions can stimulate sales. A Dell Coffee crossword-puzzle challenge demonstrated the effectiveness of offering office decision-makers fun and prizes in building the volume of specified OCS products... by Len Rashkin
In starting off with another coffee market update, it strikes me that a telling snapshot of our times is the need to give market updates at a much higher frequency than was thought necessary in the past. Separately, NAMA's OneShow is heading to Las Vegas. The Specialty Coffee Association of America's exposition is headed to Seattle. Sadly, the two are running concurrently again... by Kevin Daw
In my last column, I discussed a lottery promotion that had worked well for my office coffee business. The next successful promotions we ran were offered only to those accounts that were purchasing less than $1,000 monthly. We wanted to find a way to increase sales to customers who were basically ordering only coffee and related allied products... by Len Rashkin
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