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Vol. 51, No. 6, June 2011

Vending Features
AVT And Luxury Automated Retail Offer High-End Product Venders
Emily Jed
AVT Inc. said its supplying vending machines to merchandise luxury and personal care items in select locations...

Bottled Water Sales Return To Growth In 2010
Emily Jed
Consumption of bottled water grew 3.5% after two years of declines, according to data from Beverage Marketing Corp. and the International Bottled Water Association...

Canteen Acquires Tampa Bay Vending
by Staff Reporter
Canteen Vending Services Inc. has acquired Tampa Bay Vending Inc. and its affiliates Corporate Services Group Inc. and Corporate Distribution Services Inc...

Coke's Vending Program Shifts Into High Gear
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola Co. puts its Interactive Vender into beta and the spotlight on a spectrum of vending machine innovation at the NAMA OneShow in Chicago...

Compass Group H1 Profit Rises; Outlook Unchanged Despite Japan Disaster Impact
Emily Jed
Compass Group reports higher profit for its first half, boosted by strong revenue growth in North America. Year-to-date profit rose 15% to $857 million from $740 million last year...

Crane Co. Names New COO and Acquisitions VP
Emily Jed
Parent company of Crane Merchandising Systems names Max H. Mitchell executive vice-president and COO and Kris Salovaara business development vice-president...

Crane, USAT Ink 3-Year Pact For Combined Cashless Vending System
Tim Sanford
Crane Merchandising Systems and USA Technologies Inc. enter three-year agreement to offer combined cashless vending solution to Crane customers...

Firestone, Bank Group Ink Accord For $125M Multiyear Credit Facility
Nick Montano
The vending and coin-op industry's largest lender signed a $125 million multiyear revolving credit facility provided through a group led by Citizens Bank...

Florida Operators Defeat Bottled Water Tax
Emily Jed
Florida operators are celebrating a victory after a bill that would have added a 6% sales tax to bottled water died in the state Senate...

Flowers Completes Tasty Acquisition, Announces 3 For 2 Stock Split
Emily Jed
Flowers Foods Inc. has completed its acquisition of Tasty Baking Co. for $175 million announced in April...

Former Director Takes Stand In VTL Trial
Emily Jed
John Hotchin has begun giving evidence at a trial against three of his former colleagues who face criminal charges for their alleged roles in the 2007 collapse of Nathans Finance...

Glacier Water Services Inc. Files IPO
Emily Jed
The water vending machine firm has filed an SEC registration statement for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock...

Google Unveils Mobile Payments, Coupon Services
Nick Montano
The Internet giant revealed plans for its NFC mobile payment system, which includes Google Wallet and Google Offers. It rolls out nationally this summer...

Green Mountain Joins Nasdaq-100 Index
Emily Jed
The Waterbury, VT, coffee roaster and maker of Keurig brewers becomes part of the Nasdaq-100 Index, the largest nonfinancial stocks, at the start of trading on May 27...

Gumlink Buys Stake In Tab Labs, With Eye To Functional Gum
Hank Schlesinger
Gumlink A/S has purchased a 50% stake in Tab Labs Inc., a Vancouver company that has produced a line of specialty gums since 2001...

Hershey Names Bilbrey Interim Chief
Emily Jed
David J. West exits Hershey as CEO and takes helm at Del Monte Foods. The chocolate company names John P. Bilbrey interim president and chief executive...

Illinois Senate Rejects Trans Fat Ban
Emily Jed
Illinois's upper house rejected a bill that would have banned foods with trans fat from school vending machines, restaurants and bakeries...

Jim Brinton To Speak About Self-Checkout At Tri-State Atlantic City Confab: June 16
Tim Sanford
The veteran operator from Washington State and NAMA past-chairman will describe Avanti Markets self-checkout as a vending complement at the upcoming Atlantic City Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council meeting...

Mars Reformulates 3 Musketeers For Richer Taste
Emily Jed
The popular candy bar in vending and stores is now packed with a richer chocolate taste...

NAMA's Top Government Affairs Executive Resigns
Emily Jed
Ned Monroe has resigned as the National Automatic Merchandising Association's senior vice-president of government affairs...

NYSAVA Urges Swift Grassroots Support For Vending Tax Exemption
Tim Sanford
The New York trade is urging operators to contact their assembly representatives to build support for a measure that would increase the sales tax exemption for vended food and beverages...

Pelican Group's George Karas Dies At 73
Nick Montano
The Pelican Group's George A. Karas, a 25-year vending and amusement veteran, died on May 29. He was 73...

SKS Innovating People Begins U.S. And Global Rollout Of New Vending Concepts
Tim Sanford
Israeli company begins marketing Neo hot-and-cold beverage machines and novel Can-It adapter pack for soft drink venders in global marketplace...

Sodexo Raises 2011 Target Behind 11% First-Half Lift
Emily Jed
The French catering giant raised its full-year sales targets following stronger-than-expected first half performance driven largely by gains in North America...

Speedo Swimgear Venders Offer Poolside Convenience
Emily Jed
Speedo USA is selling its swimsuits and accessories poolside through custom-built touchscreen vending machines...

Supermarket Chain Pulls Plug On Wine Venders
Emily Jed
Wegmans Food Markets Inc. terminated an agreement with Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board to sell wine through automated kiosks at 10 of its stores...

Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council Seeks Board Nominations
Emily Jed
The NJ, PA and DE regional association of vending operators is seeking nominations to fill positions on its board of directors...

Tri-State Council Extends Scholarship Application Cutoff To May 23
Tim Sanford
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council extends application deadline for the 2011 John Boyle Memorial Scholarship to May 23...

Upstate New York's Prestige Services Acquires Harrison Vending
Emily Jed
Prestige Services Inc. of Clifton Park, NY, has acquired Harrison Vending of Hoosick Falls, NY...

VendEver Relocates To Strengthen Assembly And Testing Capabilities
Tim Sanford
The maker of the Cotton Candy Factory vending machines has acquired larger facilities in Henderson, NV...

Vendors Exchange Hires Technical Support Specialist
Emily Jed
Tim Barnett is the main contact for Vendors Exchange's Universal Control Board, LED lighting, Revision Door and MIND nutrition information touchscreen...

WSJ Spotlights 'New Breed' Of Vending Machines
Emily Jed
Recent Wall Street Journal article highlights expanding and unusual applications for vending machines...

JuicyNews
CAVC Defends Industry As Healthy Vending Bill Advances
Emily Jed
A bill that would restrict vending selections on California state property passed the state Assembly's Business and Professional Committee...

Hawaii Launches 'Don't Drink Yourself Fat' Campaign
Emily Jed
Hawaii's health department has kicked off a public awareness campaign aimed at discouraging consumption of sugary beverages...

JuicyNewsTop


FL Ag Commissioner Takes Aim At School Vending
Emily Jed
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam proposed a bill that would restrict the use of vending machines in public schools, or remove them altogether...

Music and Games Features
Alabama Bingo Machine Trial Begins; 800 Bingos Seized
Marcus Webb
Operators and state senators are among defendants charged with bribery and conspiracy in a federal corruption trial that now underway...

Atari Founder Launches Brain Fitness Website
Marcus Webb
Nolan Bushnell's latest venture is a subscription service for online games designed to help people over 35 retain their mental acuity...

Benchmark Goes Direct In Florida
by Staff Reporter
Benchmark Games, a maker of redemption equipment, initiates a policy of direct sales and service to operators in Florida...

Betson Ships World Tour Tickets
Nick Montano
The rock'n'roll-themed spinner from Betson Enterprises and Chicago Gaming is now shipping to amusement operators...

CEC Gambling Suit Refiled In State Court
Marcus Webb
The California mother who contends that Chuck E. Cheese's arcade games are illegal gambling devices refiled her suit against the company in a California state court after withdrawing her federal suit last week...

Chuck E. Cheese's Reports Flat Q1 Comp Store Sales
Marcus Webb
CEC Entertainment Inc. reported that comparable store sales for its Chuck E. Cheese's pizza-arcade chain rose 1.1% for the first quarter...

Circone's Vision For AMOA: Operators Must 'Unionize' To Land Lucrative National Deal
Marcus Webb
Can operators change the way they marketing and position their services and products? The Amusement and Music Operators Association believes they must, and marketing guru Brad Circone thinks he can help them...

Dave & Buster's Sets July 18 Orlando Opening
Marcus Webb
The restaurant and amusement chain will open a 40,000-sq.ft. venue on Orlando's International Drive near the city's convention center...

Ecast Applauds Warm Welcome For New Jukebox Software
Nick Montano
Ecast Inc. reports that it now has successfully released the Juke4 upgrade for the EQ touchscreen jukebox model across its network...

Embed Expands Mideast Office, Taps Bhagwat Regional Sales Chief
Nick Montano
Embed's growth in the Middle East prompts company's move to larger facilities in the United Arab Emirates and appointment of regional sales head...

FBI Busts Philly Mob Leaders For Video Poker
Marcus Webb
Federal agents and local police in Philadelphia arrest crime boss Joseph Ligambi and confederates for running video poker gambling and extortion rings...

FL County Sheriff Orders Sweeps Shutdown
Marcus Webb
Sheriff Jim Coats said he will issue a "cease and desist" letter to all four sweepstakes café owners within his jurisdiction, including FL state Rep. Peter Nehr...

ICE Debuts Shell Game Addition To Price Is Right Redemption Lineup
Nick Montano
The Price Is Right Shell Game incorporates the play principle of the ancient thimblerig or shell game -- but an honest one...

ICE Publishes Free Software Update For 2 XP-Based Games
Nick Montano
The game maker has issued a software update designed to protect its Deep Sea Treasure and The Price is Right Shell Game against a virus attack...

Illinois Supreme Court Hears Challenge To Video Gaming Act
Marcus Webb
The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments on this week that could torpedo the Video Gaming Act, passed in 2009 as part of a $31 billion omnibus funding bill...

In Latest Texas 8-Liner Raids, Police Cite Players
Marcus Webb
Texarkana police raid three secondhand merchandise stores that allegedly offered eight-liner devices with illegal cash payouts or coupon awards...

Industry Anxiously Awaits Supreme Court Videogame Verdict
Marcus Webb
The U.S. Supreme Court failed to issue a verdict in Brown vs. Electronic Merchants Association on June 6, despite predictions that a ruling would come down on that day...

Inflatable Flies Across Soccer Field; Video Goes Viral
Marcus Webb
In what's reportedly the 10th such incident, inflatable devices went airborne briefly at a soccer field in a Long Island town in early June...

IT Schedules Spring 2012 Release Of 2nd-Generation PowerPutt Mini-Golf Viddie
Tim Sanford
Incredible Technologies plans a full relaunch of its popular miniature golf-themed videogame next year. PowerPutt LIVE is said to be a completely new game...

Mom Drops Suit Against Chuck E. Cheese's
Marcus Webb
A San Diego mother of two voluntarily dropped her kiddie gambling lawsuit against Chuck E. Cheese's this week...

National Pinball Museum Closing After 7 Months
Marcus Webb
The National Pinball Museum, which opened in the Georgetown Park Mall in December, must leave its home in the next 60 days...

Nevada Internet Poker Bill Passes Assembly; Senate OK Likely
Marcus Webb
Nevada's Assembly passed an Internet gambling bill on May 18 that directs state regulators to establish licensing for online poker operations...

New Casino Bill Hurts Chance For Illinois VLT Market
Marcus Webb
The State Senate on May 31 approved and sent to Gov. Pat Quinn legislation approving five casinos and tripling the number of gambling slots in the state...

NJ Operator Joe Camarota Runs For State Assembly
Marcus Webb
Joe Camarota Amusement industry expert and politician from New Jersey is the Democratic Party nominee for state representative in his state's newly formed 16th Legislative District...

Parents In Texas Want Alcohol-Free Chuck E. Cheese's
Marcus Webb
About 70% of Chuck E. Cheese's restaurants nationwide have liquor licenses, but some parents want the pizza-arcades to stop serving alcohol...

S.D. Lottery Gets Final OK; VLTs To Run Slots Games
Marcus Webb
The South Dakota Legislature unanimously issues final approval for the state lottery commission to operate slot-style games on VLTs...

Sega Rolls Out Key Master Prize-Vending Game After Success In Tests
Emily Jed
Key Master challenges players to maneuver a remotely controlled arm carrying a "key" into a position to win prizes...

Sega Sells Gameworks To Investors
Marcus Webb
Sega Corp. sold its Gameworks chain, now only seven locations, to an investor group headed by theme park and arcade chain veteran Steve Dooner...

Smart's Hot Tickets Features Programmability And Security
Marcus Webb
Smart Industries' new prize vender challenges players to lower a plunger vertically into one of 10 holes staggered across a horizontal playfield...

Smartphone App Changes Amusement Videos To Gambling Devices
Marcus Webb
Undercover police activity over the past several months has led to raids at 20 coffeehouses in which 200 gambling machines have been confiscated...

Speedy's One Stop Repair Relocates To New Offices In Wood Dale, IL
Tim Sanford
Speedy's upgraded technical shop includes a 4,000-sq.ft. service area fitted with state-of-the-art repair fixtures and equipment...

U.S. Govt. Officially Classifies Videogames As Art
Marcus Webb
The National Endowment for the Arts is classifying videogames as an art form for purposes of funding projects. Will the game's new status influence the upcoming Supreme Court case on video violence?

Upbeat Namco-Bandai Rebounds Strongly
Marcus Webb
Namco-Bandai said it achieved its financial goals for fiscal 2011, which generated $4.88 billion in revenue...

Valley-Dynamo's Short Shot Sizes Down Air Hockey For Young Players
Nick Montano
With a compact footprint, the 29" high Short Shot is perfectly sized for young players to manage yet large enough for adult players negotiate...

Warhol Photobooth Painting Fetches $38M
Hank Schlesinger
Pop-art icon's famed self-portrait painted from classic coin-op photobooth images goes to anonymous European collector following 16-minute bidding war...

Bulk Vending
Baffling Bulk Vending Heist
by Staff Reporter
Police in Martins Ferry, OH, say a thief smashed the window of c-store and took nothing but a bulk vending machine...

Sweet City And Affiliate Vendors Supply Serve Growing Mall Clientele
Hank Schlesinger
After entering bulk vending by chance, Leonard Daitch is steadily building a multi-state operation serving shopping malls. The mall the merrier...

UPDATED: Smarties Ship In Special Packaging And Formulation For Bulk Vending
Nick Montano
The iconic tablet-shaped confection is now available in bulk packaging. New vendible variety will not cloud the inside surfaces of machine globes...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Interactivity Starts With Wish To Interact
Tim Sanford
Unlike a refrigerator or a letterbox, a vending machine invites the user to do something, and the machine does something satisfying in return. This is as true of the simplest mechanical vender as it is of a touchscreen-equipped robotic retailer... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
The 21st Century Tinkerers Who May Shape The Future
Hank Schlesinger
Bulk vending is perhaps one of the few industries in which a vital piece of equipment is kept in "over" service, with pride. But is that a good strategy? by Hank Schlesinger

What Business Are You In?
Marcus Webb
The amusement and music operating profession is more than a century old but its members still can't seem to agree on exactly what it is they do. In fact... by Marcus Webb

Coffee Service News
AdvancePierre Acquires Barber Foods
Emily Jed
AdvancePierre Foods has acquired a Portland, ME-based manufacturer and distributor of frozen chicken products. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed...

FDA Says U.S. Food Supply Is Safe From E. Coli Outbreak
Emily Jed
The Food and Drug Administration said it believes the deadly E. coli outbreak in Europe has not affected the domestic food supply...

Frozen Food Pioneer Wallace McCain Dies
Emily Jed
The billionaire frozen food mogul who helped turn a small Canadian French fry plant into the global McCain Foods empire died on May 13. He was 81...

J&J Completes ConAgra Frozen Handheld Acquisition
Emily Jed
J&J Snack Foods Corp. has completed its acquisition of ConAgra Foods' frozen handheld business, announced on April 18...

JM Smucker Acquires Hispanic Brands From Rowland Coffee Roasters For $360M
Emily Jed
Rowland's products are sold under the Hispanic Café Bustelo and Café Pilon brands, with distribution in retail and foodservice concentrated in the northeastern U.S. and southern Florida...

KC Sportservice Wins Concessions Contract At Livestrong Stadium
Tim Sanford
Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City selects provider of food and beverage services for its new Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City...

NAMA Reveals First 3 Speakers For Coffee Tea & Water Show
Tim Sanford
Beverage guru Ross Colbert, Tazo Tea founder Steven Smith and author Jeb Blount will speak at National Automatic Merchandising Association's Coffee Tea & Water Show in October...

NCA Hosts June 1 Webinar On California's Acrylamide Listing
Tim Sanford
The National Coffee Association will present a webinar on the impact of California's recent addition of acrylamide to the list of products regulated by its Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. It begins at noon on June 1 (Eastern time), and a registration discount is available to NAMA members...

Pepsi Ships Compostable Fountain Cups
Emily Jed
PepsiCo said it has begun offering five types of recyclable and compostable cups to its foodservice customers in the United States...

Smucker, Starbucks Raise Coffee Prices
Emily Jed
J.M. Smucker and Starbucks have announced the latest round of prices increases as green coffee prices hit a 14-year high and continue to climb...

JuicyNewsTop


USDA Replaces Food Pyramid With Plate Pictogram
Emily Jed
Federal officials are replacing the food pyramid with a colorful plate segmented into basic food groups as the symbol for the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. My Plate was unveiled on June 2...

Cover Stories


One Size Does Not Fit All: Vend Brokers Evolve To Meet Market Changes
Emily Jed
The wave of consolidation that has swept through the vending industry's operator and supplier segments over the past decade has also altered the broker segment. Larger brokerages have emerged, as independents have merged or been acquired. The rationale is...

Guest Columns
A Pig In A Poke: Pre-Employment Assessment Can Prevent Expensive Mistakes
by Kevin Daw
As companies get older, just about every employee position will have rolled over from a founding employee to the next generation... by Kevin Daw

Coin-Op Gameplay: Let's Go Island
by Evan Kirby
Sega makes another big splash on the video scene with Let's Go Island: Lost on the Island of Tropics, a sequel to the hit game Let's Go Jungle...by Evan Kirby

Direct Or Not Direct? That Is The Question!
by Frank Seninsky
Shakespeare asked the immortal question, "To be or not to be?" -- and today many amusement manufacturers are asking, "Shall we go direct or not?" by Frank Seninsky

One Hand Does Not Wash Itself: Business Networking Group Can Be Valuable Source Of Leads
by Len Rashkin
For many years, I drove to a local country club on Long Island every Wednesday morning to take part in one of the best sources of getting new accounts... by Len Rashkin

Meetings/Events
Betson Starts Preparation For 2nd Northeast OCS And Vending Expo
Nick Montano
Betson Enterprises will hold its second annual Northeast Coffee Service and Vending Expo on Aug. 31 at the Crowne Plaza Meadowlands Hotel and Exhibition Center in Secaucus, NJ...

Eu'Vend Planners Ready 2011 Show For Cologne, Germany, Sep. 8-10
Tim Sanford
Plans are taking final form for the fifth Eu'Vend, an international vending trade fair first staged in 2002. Coffeena will be held simultaneously for a second time...

Lieberman Schedules 32nd Food And Equipment Show For July 29
Nick Montano
The distributorship's 32nd annual food and equipment show will be held at its headquarters in Bloomington, MN, on Friday, July 29...

NAC Early Registration Discount For July Convention Closes May 23
Tim Sanford
The National Association of Concessionaires will hold its 29th annual convention in Anaheim, CA, from July 12 through 15...

Names in the News
Amusement Expo Finalizes Show Committee
Emily Jed


IBWA Names Toner Govt. Relations Director


Just Born Appoints 3


Small Business News
C-Stores Post Record Profits In 2010
Hank Schlesinger
Sales at c-stores grew 4.4% in 2010, reaching a record level of $190.4 billion, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores...

Retail Sales Exhibit Slow But Steady Gains
Hank Schlesinger
The National Retail Federation reports that sales increased slightly for the 10th straight month in April...

Upfront with the Publisher
Editorial
The Social Medium Is Not The Message
Alicia Lavay
Statistics show swift expansion of online social media, which show no signs of slowing down. But more discussion about how to pursue those opportunities in the real world is needed... Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
New Cold Drinks for Vending: Hydrive, HT stevia-sweetened lemonade, Zero-cal Twist, Natural Lipton Iced Teas, Genesis Pure Energy shots, Arizona in 11.5-fl.oz. cans
Emily Jed


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