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Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2011

Vending Features
AprivaPay Android Smartphone Utility Wins appSecure Certification
Tim Sanford
Rigorous testing demonstrates that the mobile card payment app maintains the highest standard of security...

Avanti Markets Seeks New Leadership As Brinton Takes Majority Stake
Emily Jed
The self-checkout "micro markets" leader is searching for a new president a month after Jim Brinton purchased a majority stake in the company...

Bell Gardens, CA, Adopts 'Healthy' Vending Policy In City-Owned Recreational Sites
Emily Jed
The sixth city in Los Angeles County passes a healthy vending policy under the LA County Department of Public Health's RENEW initiative...

CA Senate Committee OKs Vending Nutrition Mandate For State Sites
Tim Sanford
A measure to require that 50% of products offered in vending machines on state property comply with California's nutrition standards passes Health Committee...

Canadian Vending Industry Presents Top Honor To Dauphinee
Emily Jed
The Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association will present its 2011 Don Storey Memorial Award to Lloyd Dauphinee of Nova Scotia's Bluenose Vending...

Coca-Cola Q2 Sales Climb; Price Increases Set For 2nd Half
Emily Jed
The beverage giant's net income rose 18% in the second quarter on greater worldwide sales volume. Boosted by 6% volume growth, Coca-Cola earned $2.8 billion...

Crane Co. Q2: Companywide Results Beat Expectations; Vending Sales Rise
Nick Montano
The diversified manufacturer posted better-than-expected quarterly results boosted by higher sales of aircraft electronic, fluid-handling and vending machine products...

Donald J. Bowersox Dies; Pioneered NAMA-MSU Executive Courses
Tim Sanford
Donald J. Bowersox, who served as professor emeritus of marketing and supply chain management at Michigan State University, dies at 79...

Industry Kicks Off Vend.Love.Win. Facebook Contest
Emily Jed
On Aug. 2, the National Automatic Merchandising Association will launch the Vend.Love.Win. Facebook contest, the first component of a nationwide industry growth strategy...

Kill The Presidential $1 Coin, Says California Congresswoman
Marcus Webb
Rep. Jackie Speier has introduced legislation she calls the "Wasteful Presidential Coin Act of 2011" that would end the minting of Presidential dollar coins...

Kraft Foods To Split Into Two Companies
Emily Jed
The food manufacturer whose products are popular in vending machines and OCS will split its global snacks and North American grocery businesses into separate publicly traded companies...

Mass. Imposes Strict School Nutrition Rules
Emily Jed
The Massachusetts Public Health Council unanimously approved the most stringent school nutritional guidelines in the nation. And they apply to vending machines...

Mint Shuts Down Dollar Coin Scam
Marcus Webb
The U.S. Mint ends online sales of $1 coins to consumers who use credit or debit cards to thwart what amounts to a "legal scam" that gains frequent flyer miles...

Mississippi Police Release Sketch Of Vending Truck Robber
by Staff Reporter
Jackson detectives said the man in the sketch has been holding up vending trucks all over the city...

MOMA Exhibit Explores How People Interact With Machines
by Staff Reporter
Titled "Talk to Me," the exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art features vending machines, among other objects, and runs through Nov. 7...

MPhase To Acquire EIP, Maker Of Energy-Saving Devices For Vending Machines
Emily Jed
Leading nanotechnology company signs a letter of intent to acquire Energy Innovative Products, a developer of technologies for reducing energy usage in cooling systems...

Ohio Operators Pursue Legislative Recognition Of 'Micro Market' Foodservice
Tim Sanford
The Ohio vending industry is disappointed over the removal of an expanded definition of vending from the state's final budget, signed by the governor...

Operator Perspectives: RE Services' Ledbetter Hails Security Program's Profit Impact
Tim Sanford
Operators have known for decades that a dollar stolen disappears immediately from the bottom line. Stan Ledbetter, RE Services (Lafayette, GA), summarizes a comprehensive approach to profit protection...

Pennsylvania May Shut Down Wine Kiosks, Says Operator Owes $1M
Emily Jed
The state's Liquor Control Board may end its wine-vending experiment amid a dispute with Simple Brands, the operator of the machines...

PepsiCo Posts Q2 Gains, Lowers Forecast And Plans Price Hikes
Emily Jed
PepsiCo Inc. posted higher sales and profits, driven by growth in emerging markets. But the company lowered its growth projections for the year in light of rising commodity costs...

PepsiCo's Canadian Arm Unveils 7UP EcoGreen Bottle
Emily Jed
PepsiCo Beverages Canada says its 7UP EcoGreen bottle is the first soft drink package made from 100% recycled PET plastic in North America...

Sheets Energy Strips Maker Pilots Vending Program
Emily Jed
A new company called Pure Brands LLC is piloting its inaugural product in dedicated, branded vending machines manufactured by Corona, CA-based AVT Inc...

Snyder's-Lance Acquires New England Snack Distributor
Emily Jed
Snack food giant will attempt to bolster its nationwide distribution network with George Greer Co.’s well-established DSD system...

Survey: Consumers Trust Credit Card Companies Over Google, Facebook And Apple For Mobile Payments
Emily Jed
Amid the increasing emergence of mobile payment applications, a new study finds consumers prefer their trusted credit-card companies to technology brands...

Texas Bottler Disputes Dr Pepper Snapple Lawsuit
Emily Jed
Dr Pepper's oldest and smallest bottler from Dublin, TX, claims it has done nothing to violate its licensing agreement with the beverage giant...

USAT Chief Hails Record Revenues, Milestones In Letter To Shareholders
Emily Jed
USA Technologies chief executive George Jensen said the cashless payment technology company achieved record revenues for the quarter ended June 30...

Vend Rite Unveils Stainless Steel Wall-Mounted Sundry Vender
Emily Jed
The compact vender's sleek new finish complements upscale sites, ranging from hotel lobbies to offices...

Venditalia Begins Planning For 2012 Event In Milan
Tim Sanford
Italy's biennial vending event, held seven times so far, has grown into a major international exposition. Next show: May 9-10, 2012...

Vendo Adds Small-Footprint 521 Can/Bottle Machine
Emily Jed
SandenVendo America Inc. has unveiled a fourth model -- the SVA 521 Mini Vendor -- in its popular V21 series of packaged cold-drink machines...

Visa Vies For Top Spot In Mobile Payments Arena
Emily Jed
The global payments technology company wants to be a dominant player in the emerging mobile payments space, and is developing a "digital wallet" to compete with Google Wallet and other NFC systems...

Music and Games Features
59% Of Americans Support Public Smoking Ban
Marcus Webb
For the first time since Gallup Inc. began polling Americans about smoking laws a decade ago, a majority of U.S. citizens now supports a comprehensive smoking ban...

AMI Hails Successful Completion Of 1st Barnyard Throwdown Contest
Tim Sanford
Progressive jackpot awards five players of Tri-Towers -- one of the Megatouch games available on AMI's Prize Farm skill-with-prize system...

AMOA Renews Contract With Circone + Associates
Marcus Webb
The Amusement and Music Operators Association said it has signed a one-year renewal with the Columbus, OH-based marketing and PR firm...

Bert Betti, Who Built Betson Enterprises Into A Distribution Powerhouse, Dies At 92
Nick Montano
Humbert (Bert) Betti, chairman emeritus of H. Betti Industries Inc., parent company of distribution giant Betson Enterprises, died on Sunday, July 24. He was 92...

Bingo Bribery Trial Nears End
Marcus Webb
Prosecutors and defense lawyers were expected to deliver closing statements on Friday, Aug. 5, in a trial about bribes used to influence legalization of electronic bingo in Alabama...

CEC Entertainment Inc. Sees Q2 Net Income Up, Stock Price Down
Marcus Webb
Net income for the parent of Chuck E. Cheese's pizza arcades rose 36% to $6.5 million in the second quarter, ended July 3. But CEC's stock price dropped last week...

China Opens World's First Videogame Amusement Park
Marcus Webb
World Joyland's main attraction is themed rides that duplicate characters and experiences of popular online multiplayer consumer games...

Dave & Buster's Files For $150M IPO
Marcus Webb
The amusement and restaurant chain said it has filed a statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of its common stock...

FL's AG Slams Sweeps Viddies; OH Cities Go Both Ways
Marcus Webb
Attorney General Pam Bondi's legal opinion in late July brands Internet cafés with sweepstakes videogames illegal in Florida. But in Ohio, the games muddle in gray legality...

ICMOA Says Illinois VLT Launch Is Months Away
Marcus Webb
Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association president Sam Westgate says the industry is pleased with the ruling that clears the way for operator-run VLTs -- but much must be done before games go online...

Illinois Issues First VLT Manufacturer And Distributor Licenses
Marcus Webb
The Illinois Gaming Board has awarded its first manufacturing and distribution licenses to companies that plan to build or sell terminals in the approaching video gaming market...

Jersey Jack Pinball Adds 4 More Distributors, Reports Wizard Project Is On Track
Nick Montano
Milford, CT's Automated Services, owned by vending entrepreneur Michael Daddona Jr., is one four new distributors that will sell the new pinball company's Wizard of Oz...

Jon Buerkett, An Operator From Illinois, Dies In Plane Crash With Wife And Daughter
Marcus Webb
Jon Buerkett of Melody Music died in a small plane crash on Sunday, July 24. Buerkett's wife and daughter were on board and also died in the crash that happened in Rantoul, IL...

Jury Considers Bingo Corruption Case In Alabama
Marcus Webb
A jury began its fourth day of deliberations on Monday (Aug. 8) in the cases of operators and state senators charged with offering or accepting bribes to legalize electronic...

Jury Finds All Alabama Bingo Defendants Not Guilty - Or Deadlocks
Marcus Webb
Milton McGregor, owner of the Victoryland resort and bingo hall in Shorter, AL, was found not guilty of one bribery charge and certain fraud charges...

LAI Enhances Snapshot Photobooths With Social Media Integration
Tim Sanford
Social media and email functionality permit Snapshot patrons to send their photos to a Facebook account or an email address...

Leisure Spending And Jobs Grow In 34 States
Marcus Webb
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34 states have seen job growth in the leisure and hospitality sector between 2006 and 2010. Texas and New York lead...

Namco Q1 Profit Improves; Japanese Arcades Up 7.9%
Marcus Webb
Namco Bandai said profits for the three-month period, ended June 30, rose 8% to $694.8 million based on higher global videogame sales...

PrimeTime Amusements Expands Domestically and Abroad
Marcus Webb
The Fort Lauderdale, FL, company said it is growing domestically and internationally thanks to several strategic partnerships, including one with Johnny Rockets...

RIAA Finds No 'Current' Wrongdoing On NSM Jukeboxes
Nick Montano
The record association says NSM Music has approval from labels to conduct a jukebox pilot program. Separately, operators are seeking greater cooperation with recording industry to fight music piracy...

SAPAR Puts Fall Enada Into Final Form, Hails New Regulatory Accord
Tim Sanford
Plans are well under way for the 39th staging of Italy's amusement and gaming equipment trade show in Rome, Oct. 12 through 14...

Scientist Turns OutRun Into Real Vehicle
Marcus Webb
A scientist at the University of California (Irvine) has been turned Sega's 1985 hit videogame driver into an experimental automobile...

SeaWorld CEO Will Keynote Attractions Expo In November
Tim Sanford
James Atchison will headline the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions event in Orlando, FL, on Nov. 16...

Sega Forms Alliance With Qubica AMF
Marcus Webb
The two companies will jointly develop a line of coin-op amusements and bowling products...

Sega Reports Mixed Quarterly Results For Amusements Division
Marcus Webb
Sega Sammy's overall net sales fell 28.5% to $839 million during its latest fiscal quarter, triggering a net loss of $28 million for the period ended June 30...

State Senator Predicts Legal Online Poker In New Jersey
Marcus Webb
Democrat Raymond Lesniak said he will introduce legislation to permit Atlantic City casinos to offer online poker. The Lesniak measure is designed to counter Gov's objections...

States Go After Sweepstakes Games In Mid-July
Marcus Webb
Raids and statewide bans from Florida to Maine have dampened the market in mid-July for Internet-based sweepstakes videogames with cash prizes...

TN County Poker Locations Get Pinched
Marcus Webb
FBI agents and local law enforcement officials raided eight video poker locations in and around Knoxville, TN, in mid-July...

TouchTunes Said To Land $45M Funding
Marcus Webb
A post on the Internet revealed that the world's largest digital jukebox company secured $45 million in series E funding...

Virginia Hotel Owners Seek Video Poker
Marcus Webb
Virginia Beach's hotel and motel owners are lobbying their City Council to ask the state's General Assembly to permit video poker locally...

Bulk Vending
Allstar Inks Deal With Sticker Technology Firm To Bring Augmented Reality To Flat Vending
Nick Montano
The bulk vending supplier is launching Dinosaur AR, a series of stickers imprinted with dinosaurs, made possible by technology from Augmented CPG Inc...

Class Action Suit Charges Peanut Vending Biz-Op Was A Scam
by Staff Reporter
Disgruntled investors say they were swindled in a peanut-selling bulk vending scam. Their class-action lawsuit is seeking $20 million in damages...

Congress Enacts Bill Clarifying 2008 Consumer Product Safety Law
by Staff Reporter
New bill clarifies the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. One provision makes permanent previously granted exemptions for stringent tracking label requirements in cases where such labeling is not practicable...

Tough New CPSC Lead-Content Guidelines Take Effect On Aug.14
Hank Schlesinger
Next month, manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers of children's products must comply with the new 100 parts per million federal limits for total lead content in toys. Bulk suppliers say the new standards are attainable...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Let's Make Some Noise
Tim Sanford
The vending industry has never had a more exciting story to tell, and enthusiastic operators committed to quality are the best people to tell it... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Supreme Triumph, Times Two
Marcus Webb
Operators are breathing more easily after U.S. Supreme Court rules against videogame censorship, Illinois Supreme Court upholds operator-run VLTs... by Marcus Webb

The Collocated Show Is The Right Show At The Right Time
Hank Schlesinger
This year's National Bulk Vendors Association show planners again are collocating the event with Amusement Expo, seeking to surpass last year's triumph... by Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vending and Crane Products
A&A Debuts Movie-Theme Toys, Domo Additions, New String Dolls
Tim Sanford
A&A Global Industries expands its line with a new series of "buildable" toys based on Disney-Pixar characters...

Allstar Launches Capsule Dinosaurs And Tins; Adds Skull Tats
Tim Sanford


Coffee Service News
Dunkin' Brands Begins Trading On Nasdaq Today
Emily Jed
Parent company of the Dunkin' Donuts coffee chain and Baskin Robbins ice cream stores raised $422.75 million as it began trading on the Nasdaq under "DNKN"...

Dunkin' Donuts Stores Begin Selling K-Cups, Further Fueling Keurig's Growth
Emily Jed
The coffee retailer began selling K-Cups on Aug. 3 for use with Keurig brewers. Green Mountain shares, bolstered by the Keurig program, rise above $100 for the first time...

First Choice Coffee Signs On For 'Marley' Pod Program
Emily Jed
Jammin' Java Corp. signs distribution deal with First Choice Coffee Services, one of the largest OCS providers on the West Coast and in the nation...

Mobile Meteor Adds Map-Based Food Truck Tracker Feature To Smartphone App
Emily Jed
Mobile Meteor's latest mobile phone application allows food trucks to let their fans know where they are without "tweeting" locations...

Single-Cup OCS Pioneer Brent Toevs Becomes CEO Of Jammin Java
Tim Sanford
Brent Toevs joins the maker Marley Coffee as chief executive, succeeding Anh Tran. He will also join Jammin Java's board...

Sodexo Wins $766M USMC Foodservice Bid
Emily Jed
The deal represents the second multimillion dollar U.S. Marine Corps win for the catering giant this year...

Technomic: Food Truck Phenomenon Is No Passing Fad
Emily Jed
America's love affair with food trucks shows no signs of abating, according to Technomic research, which found that 91% of people familiar with mobile foodservice regarded the trend as long-lasting...

Cover Stories


Changing The Game: Missouri's Dynamic Vending Sustains Growth With A Fresh Food Emphasis
Emily Jed
Josh Koritz recalls having an epiphany five years ago while standing in front of one his food machines. There was nothing he would consider eating, and little about the array of prepackaged foods inside seemed to make his machines a destination. He was convinced that his customers deserved freshly made foods and that, whatever the investment, he would provide it to them.

Guest Columns
Coin-Op Gameplay: Fast & Furious SuperCars
by Evan Kirby
Building on continuing success of The Fast And The Furious street-racing movies, Raw Thrills' Fast & Furious Supercars offers new cars, courses, cabinet and familiar action... by Evan Kirby

How To Expand Location Base In A Tough Economy
by Frank Seninsky
In a marketplace in which everyone is competing for the same kinds of location, there are real rewards in finding profitable new niches... by Frank Seninsky

Wasting Asset: Attention To Coffee Freshness Keeps Customers Coming Back
by Kevin Daw
Time spent to understand coffee package date codes and to adjust inventory for the fastest possible turns keeps coffee fresh and patrons happy... by Kevin Daw

When The Going Gets Tough: Step Up Sales Efforts, Training, Promotions To Maintain Profits
by Len Rashkin
When the going gets tough, the tough sell harder by providing the training, tools and reassurance their sales forces need to bring in more business... by Len Rashkin

Meetings/Events
'Vending Night Fever' Themes Vend Mart Show: Sept. 14
Emily Jed
Décor and music of 1970s will set a lively backdrop for Vend Mart customers as they sample the latest products for vending and OCS...

ACE Planners Announce Keynoter, Amend Broker Exhibit Guidelines
Tim Sanford
The Atlantic Coast Exposition has engaged Denise Ryan as the vending show's keynote speaker for the ACE awards breakfast on Oct. 22...

Betson Rebooks Branding Expert Leigh As Northeast Expo Presenter
Nick Montano
The Service Factor's Jack K. Leigh III returns to the Northeast Coffee Service and Vending Expo's educational program faculty...

Betson Slates Vender Accessibility Seminar For Aug. Northeast Expo
by Staff Reporter
U-Select-It, a Wittern Group company and one of the world's oldest manufacturers of vending machines, will discuss advanced ergonomics in equipment designs...

H. Betti Industries Will Host Annual Golf Outing: Sept. 29
Nick Montano
Betson Enterprises' 10th annual golf outing will tee off at Beaver Brook Country Club in Annandale, NJ. Several Sources Shelters is this year's beneficiary...

NYSAVA Plans Golf Outing, Dinner: Sept. 27
Emily Jed
The New York vending association returns to the Pelham Bay Split Rock Golf Course in the Bronx for its annual dinner and golf outing in late September...

SEVA Spotlights Technology, Coffee At Annual Confab In FL, Aug. 3-5
Tim Sanford
Planning for the Southeastern Vending Association convention enters final phase. The business program has been bolstered by a session on coffee and presentation on cashless vending...

Names in the News
Coca-Cola Promotes Alison Lewis To Marketing SVP
Emily Jed


Koelnmesse Appoints Katharina Hamma As Chief Operating Officer
Tim Sanford


LAI Games Taps Shannon Perell R&D Manager
Nick Montano


Namco Appoints Joe Blackwell Tech Support Specialist
Nick Montano


Performance Food Group Promotes Hoffman, Hoskins
Emily Jed


Raw Thrills Names Jeff Tash Sales Rep
Tim Sanford


Sara Lee Corp. Names New CFO For North American Operations
Emily Jed


Stern Pinball Taps George Gomez Game Development VP, Announces Additional Appointments
Nick Montano


Small Business News
NAMA Warns Of NLRB Plan To Shorten Union Certification Procedure
Tim Sanford
The vending association says: If the National Labor Relations Board is successful in its attempt to streamline elections for the creation of unions, small businesses will not be able to respond in time...

Trillion-Dollar Coin Could Avert Debt Crisis, In Theory
Marcus Webb
If the President and congressional leaders can't agree on a new debt-ceiling plan, the Treasury Department can solve the problem unilaterally by minting two new coins -- each worth $1 trillion...

Upfront with the Publisher
What Advertising Can (And Cannot) Do
Alicia Lavay
Advertising can't compel people to buy, but it's an important resource for them when they're ready to make a purchase decision...by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
Landshire Takes Wraps Off Gourmet Sandwich Line
Emily Jed
The venerable sandwich maker is offering its new First Street Café lineup for vending machines and c-stores...

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