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PepsiCo Inc. reported better-than-expected quarterly net revenue today, citing higher sales of snacks and noncarbonated beverages like Gatorade in North America...
The Coca-Cola Co. has announced a speedup in the pace and scope of its bottler refranchising program. Plans now call for refranchising all company-owned North America bottling territories and all cold-fill production facilities by the end of next year...
In part 2 of our "Four P's" of micromarkets series, James Bourne of Trolley House Refreshment Services (Richmond, VA) leads the discussion on "products." He has a background in direct-store distribution of packaged goods. "You'll need lots of different new products for micromarkets," he emphasizes...
Movie rentals from Outerwall's Redbox kiosks fell 24.3% in the fourth quarter, contributing to an overall 61% decline in net income and 17% drop in revenue...
Today's consumers have an entirely new relationship with imaging that can be difficult for the older generation to grasp. A modern online photobooth therefore appeals strongly to them, particularly millennials. And upsell merchandising could promote broad photobooth appeal. Allen Weisberg, founder of Apple Industries, which makes Face Place photobooths, says now is the time for merchandise vending operators to try automatic imaging...
The beverage giant's profit climbed to $1.24 billion, or 28¢ a share, during the quarter ended Dec. 31, from $770 million, or 17¢ a share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 8% to $10 billion...
A father and son behind a vending business opportunity scheme were convicted on Feb. 3 for their roles in the enterprise that swindled more than 1,300 would-be entrepreneurs out of nearly $11 million. Kenneth Levin, 69, and Taylor Levin, 34, were convicted after a three-week jury trial...
The popular dating site has come up with a vending gimmick aimed at pubs in the United Kingdom. If a patron can pass a breathalyzer test, the Johnny Be Good machine vends a free condom...

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In Starbucks' first-quarter earnings call on Jan. 21, chief executive Howard Schultz said that, while the company plans to continue to sell its coffee K-Cup packaging, its relationship with Keurig may not continue...

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Coffee, coffee everywhere and not a drop to drink! This scenario is not uncommon in offices, where many employers just purchase any old coffee to give to their employees. Today, coffee in the workplace is essential to having happy employees... by Len Rashkin
Since we are into a new year, it is once again time to look at some resolutions that, hopefully, will make for a more prosperous and successful year ahead... by Kevin Daw
Upon the reopening of the comment period, NAMA built upon the relationships created with U.S. Senate offices during the 2015 inaugural Washington Fly-In, and the relationships created with the SBA and the White House at our annual Public Policy Conference... by Eric Dell
Last month, I discussed the equipment and services required to serve the foodservice market. This category covers restaurants, convenience stores, delis, bagel shops, corporate cafeterias and fast food outlets. In order to serve these foodservice outlets, you must understand what the buyer wants, which we'll cover this month... by Len Rashkin

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"Bear Story," a 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Short Film, features a coin-op diorama created by Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala of Chile's Punkrobot...
The world's largest pinball machine manufacturer has kicked off a contest for enthusiastic players and other aficionados of the game to help celebrate its history. The social media challenge celebrates Stern Pinball Inc.'s 30th anniversary.

Bulk Vending News & Features

Bulk vending is perhaps the only industry in which a proprietor will look at a piece of equipment and boast that it's 10, 15 or 20 years old. However, this extraordinary longevity has a downside...
The National Bulk Vendors Association says it's bringing back its "State of the Industry" summit. The session will be held during the NBVA's annual convention and trade show, which take place from Mar. 15 to 17 in Las Vegas...

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If you run a family entertainment center, service street locations or otherwise cater to the young generation, then congratulations, you lucky so-and-so... by Hank Schlesinger
I always find it interesting to look back on what has started to trend in our industry, and then to watch those novelties mature and become familiar over time. VT has been reporting on these changes for more than half a century, and the ones that caught on are now among the tools that allow us to compete with other convenience and entertainment channels... by Alicia Lavay
The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans published this month by the Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services have provoked a good deal of comment, none of which was particularly surprising. Sampling that commentary did, however, help us to connect two or three perceptions that we have been forming over the past several decades... by Tim Sanford

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Based in Searcy, AR, Advantage Vending and Coffee Services is a growing operation with big aspirations. Owner Mike Kever runs this family business, and in 2012 he set upon a long-term growth strategy for Advantage. The first step in his journey occurred in 2013 when he doubled his operation by acquiring a similar size company. Once Kever coordinated the integration of the two, he immediately recognized the critical need for a vending management system (VMS) that would not only help him run the now larger operation, but would also help accelerate his expansion plans... sponsored by Parlevel Systems
Video and camera technology is used in a wide range of vending machines from food and beverage-type dispensers to ticketing kiosks and ATMs. Applications range from video security to prevent damage and theft, to uses of cameras as an intrinsic part of the transaction, such as reading barcodes or QR codes for access control... by Steve Heard, sponsored by IDS

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