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Vol. 53, No. 5, May 2013

Vending Features
Atlantic Coast Exposition Registration Opens, Preliminary 2013 Agenda Is Released
Emily Jed
Registration is now open for the Atlantic Coast Exposition, which will take place from Oct. 3 to 5 at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC. Show planners for the 59th annual vending and office coffee service confab have also released a preliminary agenda...

AVT Partners With Utique On High-End Automated Stores
Emily Jed
AVT Inc. has entered into a 10-year licensing agreement with Utique Inc. through which it will operate existing U*tique-branded vending machines. At its website, Utique says it is now a division of Corona-CA-based AVT...

California Adds BPA To Toxic Chemicals List
Emily Jed
California's environmental science agency has added bisphenol A to its official list of "chemicals known to cause birth defects." The controversial compound, known as BPA, is commonly used in plastic bottles and in the coatings of food and drink cans...

Cantaloupe Systems Debuts Seed Service Desk
Tim Sanford
By offering easy creation of service tickets, Seed Service Desk presents an easy-to-use Web-based form that enables nontechnical users (like sales and clerical personnel) to enter the necessary information in response to customer calls...

Coke Consolidated Seeks To Expand In Tennessee And Kentucky
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has signed a nonbinding letter of intent with Coca-Cola Co. (Atlanta) to expand its franchise territory into regions currently served by the beverage giant's Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. subsidiary...

Connectivity And Communication Theme 66th NAMA Convention
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association's fourth OneShow continued the steady expansion that the annual confab has enjoyed since its rescheduling as a spring event. NAMA said the 2013 OneShow drew 250 exhibitors, 24 over last year, and 5,000 participants, up 4.5%...

Crane Co. CEO Eric Fast To Retire In January, Max Mitchell Will Succeed
Nick Montano
Fast, who joined the industrial concern as president and chief operating officer in 1999, became chief executive in January 2001. He will be succeeded by Crane's president and chief operating officer, Max H. Mitchell, 49...

Crane Co.'s 2013 Q1: Profit Improves, But Revenue Slips; Vending Sales Are Up
Nick Montano
Crane Co.'s first quarter climbed 11% as the diversified manufacturer's operating margin improved, while revenue slipped. First-quarter results included transaction costs of $2.9 million, or 5¢ a share, related to the $820 million pending acquisition of MEI Conlux Holdings Inc....

Culinary Ventures Vending Purchases 3,000 Crane Navigators To Support Large-Scale Cashless Rollout
Emily Jed
Navigator is capable of supporting touchscreen displays, cameras, all cashless payment bezels and future peripherals as future applications become available...

Endexx Acquires Rights To Levine's Medical Marijuana Accessory Vender
Emily Jed
Endexx Corp. has acquired Cann-Can LLC, a maker of medical marijuana vending machines, from LEDXChange LLC, owned by entrepreneur Dave Levine...

Holiday House Introduces Homeland Water Filters For Vending And OCS
Nick Montano
Holiday House Distributing is marketing a new line of water filters that includes 14 models offering the most in-demand and often-used filtration features. Homeland Water Filters are 100% manufactured in the United States, and Holiday House is introducing the line today (April 25) at the NAMA OneShow. Sales will also benefit the Fisher House Foundation...

NAMA Chooses Innovation Award Winners; LBP, Cantaloupe, ShelfX Are Among Them
Tim Sanford
The six winners of the National Automatic Merchandising Association's 2013 Innovation Awards were chosen from the 45 entries. They are...

NAMA Honors Arizona's Todd Elliott As Vending Operator Of The Year
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has named Todd Elliott, vice-president and general manager of Tomdra Inc. (Tucson, AZ), its 2013 Vending Operator of the Year...

NAMA Lauds Jeff Rawlins, Mark Kelly As Allied Members Of The Year
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has named General Mills' Mark Kelly 2013's Vending Supplier of the Year, and Jeff Rawlins of Vend Catering Supply as Coffee Service Allied Member of the Year...

Oregon Bill Seeks To Restrict Vending Selections In Government Buildings
Emily Jed
House Bill 3403 would only allow snacks with 200 calories or less, and entrees with 450 calories or less, to be sold in machines. It would also limit the number of calories from fats and sugars in vended products, and ban trans fat...

Paresh Patel Exits VendScreen After Dispute With Investors, Starts New Vending Tech Firm
Emily Jed
The inventor of the VendScreen Revolution smart device for vending machines has abruptly left the company he founded. Paresh Patel said his departure as chief executive of VendScreen Inc. was sudden and brought on by decisions from new investors. Patel is now spearheading another technology venture...

ShelfX Adds Facial Recognition Capability To Vending Fridge
Emily Jed
The Vending Fridge can now be equipped with a small camera and integrated with facial recognition software that allows its smart shelves to identify buyers' faces as they approach merchandise...

Solar-Powered Beverage Vending Machines Make OneShow Debut
Emily Jed
The "grid-free" VendoMax machines can be located in almost any solar environment, including fairs, concerts, sporting events and bus stops, according to officials. Solar panels power the machine...

Star Foods Backs Dairy Council's 'Fuel Up To Play 60' School Program
Tim Sanford
Star Food Healthy Express has announced its support of the "Fuel Up to Play 60" in-school nutrition program launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League...

USA Technologies Expands Credit Line
Emily Jed
USAT chief financial officer David M. DeMedio said the company's access to more capital and improvements in cash-generating operations over the past year will help it "execute its growth platforms."

USA Technologies Introduces Next-Generation ePort Terminals
Emily Jed
EPort G9 includes all of the features of its NFC-enabled predecessor, the G8, plus expanded acceptance options, consumer engagement offerings and advanced diagnostics. The G10 is equipped with a larger screen...

Vending Veteran Jeff Whitacre Spearheads Nationwide Operator Network
Emily Jed
Jeff Whitacre of Food Express/Atlanta Vending is building a network of vending and foodservice operators. USConnect launched with 14 members who operate about 16,000 connected vending machines, micromarkets and corporate dining facilities in 20 markets...

Vistar Opens New Merchant's Mart In Nashville
Nick Montano
Vistar's newest Merchant's Mart opened on April 22 in Nashville, TN, and is said to be the first one with an expanded food selection at competitive prices...

Micromarkets
365 Retail Markets, Avanti Team Up For Micromarket Data Standard
Tim Sanford
Two of the nation's largest micromarket providers have partnered to develop what they say is the industry's first data integration standard. Access Integration and Management is an open protocol available to all micromarket and vending management solution providers...

Avanti Unveils Compact Kiosk And Food Safety Features For Micromarkets
Tim Sanford
Avanti Markets is introducing two checkout terminals and two food safety products designed to increase installation options for its micromarket system. The new Executive Kiosk is a streamlined self-checkout terminal designed to...

Cantaloupe Integrates Seed Platform With Micromarkets; Imperial Gives Thumbs Up
Emily Jed
Cantaloupe Systems cloud-based tool can now schedule, prekit, service and manage self-checkout markets alongside vending machines, with no need to retrain or switch among multiple IT systems...

Crane Unveils Software To Integrate Vendmax VMS With Micromarkets
Tim Sanford
A new API from Crane Merchandising Systems is capable of managing micromarkets, as well as vending machines. It's now testing under the company's Streamware brand...

Ohio Blind Enterprise Program Tests Revive Micromarket Operation
Tim Sanford
Revive Self-Checkout Cafe has been chosen as the first micromarket supplier to the Business Enterprise Program of Ohio Services for the Blind, and the initial facility is up and running. The leadoff installation was made by Columbus-based Shaffer Distributing...

Music and Games Features
Attorneys Ask Judge For Injunction To Save Florida's Senior Arcades
by Staff Reporter
On April 18, attorneys filed a complaint in Broward Circuit Court, asking a judge for an injunction that would allow the arcades to continue to operate as they have before...

Dave & Buster's Achieves FY Adjusted EBITDA Growth Of 22.5%; Q4 Revenue Jumps 15%
Nick Montano
The operator of big box entertainment-dining facilities finished its fourth quarter and full year 2012, which ended Feb. 3, 2013, on a high note. An extra week, an income tax benefit and two new locations helped Dave & Buster’s bring in profit...

Germany's Hans Rosenzweig Dies At 78
by Staff Reporter
Hans Rosenzweig, a pioneer in the German amusement machine industry and trade magazine journalist, died in late March. He was 78...

IT Software Patch Ups PowerPutt Live 2013 Play Beyond Foursomes
by Staff Reporter
The virtual mini golf game, which rolled out in March to general acclaim, is receiving a software patch that extends its ability to encourage social interaction. After loading the patch, the game can accommodate as many as eight players at one time...

Japan Casino Lobby Legalization Push Could Benefit Sega
Nick Montano
A group of Japanese lawmakers in favor of casinos has tapped an influential member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party as its leader and plans to submit legislation this year aimed at opening the world's third-largest economy to casino gambling...

John Pascaretti: AMOA’s New President Offers Cross-Segment Perspective
Hank Schlesinger
The Amusement and Music Operators Association gains a leader with exceptional experience and knowledge of the coin-operated amusement industry. John Pascaretti, who heads Michigan's Pascaretti Enterprises, comes to the job with decades of experience as both an operator and a distributor...

New Jersey Okays Incredible Technologies' Games For Live Play
by Staff Reporter
The New Jersey Attorney General's office has approved "Glory," "Stats" and other non-prize online functionality for all of IT's Live-enabled games. These include Golden Tee Live, Silver Strike Live and PowerPutt Live...

Popular Drinking Game Goes Coin-Op With Bay Tek's Beer Pong Master
Hank Schlesinger
While its Ivy League roots may have been long forgotten, beer pong is now a bar and tavern staple with informal and organized league play in many cities. Bay Tek's new Beer Pong Master allows operators to compete with plywood on top of pool tables...

Stern Unveils Metallica-Themed Flipper For Operators And Collectors
Tim Sanford
A pinball tribute to the famous and durable "thrash metal" band is now available in Stern's pro and premium versions. Also offered is the limited-edition "Master of Puppets" version, named for the title song of one of the Metallica's most influential albums...

West Virginia's Jerry Derrick Dies; Veteran Operator Led AMOA 1996-'97
Nick Montano
Derrick was involved in the music and games industry for 53 years. In 1960, he took charge of Derrick Music Co., which had been founded by his father 20 years earlier. The West Virginia route, based in Charleston, once stretched to the borders of Pennsylvania and Virginia...

Bulk Vending
Beaver Machine Ships Retrofit Coin Mech For Tomy's Gacha Bulk Vender
Hank Schlesinger
The coin mech retrofit kit enables the installation of Beaver's New Generation (NG) mechanism into Gacha machines, made by the former Tomy-Yujin Corp. It is designed to improve money-handling accuracy...

Coffee Service News
john conti Gourmet Coffee Widens Variety Sold Through Walmart
Tim Sanford
Joining the john conti products already available will be Breakfast Blend, Gourmet Blend, Colombian Blend, and French Roast Blend. Products will be distributed through three of Walmart's distribution centers in Kentucky and Indiana...

Cover Stories


Crane Media's 'All-In-One' Design Eases High-Tech Vending Migration
Emily Jed
Crane Merchandising Systems took the wraps off its high-tech Media series last spring, charting a new course in machine design with a fully integrated solution that centers the shopping experience around the consumer. With several thousand units in the field, the vending machine manufacturer says it's continuing to build upon the "future-proof" platform with new features and enhancements that rolled out this spring...

Meetings/Events
MEI Will Host 2nd Annual Technology Panel At NAMA OneShow
Tim Sanford


NAMA Government Affairs Chief Plans Mini Town Halls At OneShow
Tim Sanford


Names in the News
john conti Coffee Promotes Allgood And Sparrow In Louisville Unit
Tim Sanford
john conti Gourmet Coffee Co., Scott Allgood, Rebecca Sparrow, John Conti, office coffee service, OCS, coffee industry news, coffee market,

Small Business News
Cybercrimes Against Small Businesses Are On The Upswing
Hank Schlesinger


Vending Machine Products
Mondelez Mobile Pilots Are Under Way
Emily Jed


Mrs. Freshley's Brightens Package Colors To Complement New Logo
Tim Sanford


 
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