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Vol. 45, No. 8, August 2005

Vending Features
General Mills Adopts Sodexho Healthy Vending Program, Supports Operators With Wholesome Vending Initiative
Emily Jed
MINNEAPOLIS - General Mills is demonstrating its commitment to the food and vending industries' campaign against the upswing in obesity by becoming the first site to participate in Sodexho's "Your Health Your Way, On the Go" healthy vending program. The program is available to General Mills' 3,000-plus employees at the company's headquarters here.

Jury Finds For Philip Morris In Vendors' Anti-Trust Suit
Nick Montano
NASHVILLE, TN - A federal jury here has found that Philip Morris USA did not act unlawfully when it discontinued a trade program for vending machine operators in 1998, while continuing to offer an analogous promotional and merchandising program to other tobacco retailers.

NCA Study Gauges Boomers' Role In Spurring Premium Coffee Sales
Tim Sanford
NEW YORK CITY - The National Coffee Association of USA is releasing a new resource for coffee marketers this month. The new NCA report offers a statistical analysis of coffee habits among the industry's core group of consumers, the "Baby Boomer" generation.

Music and Games Features
Industry Leaders Debate Promotions, Budgets, Trade Shows During AAMA's Annual Board Meet
Marcus Webb
CHICAGO - Both the American Amusement Machine Association and its Amusement Showcase International need new ideas and more promotion, according to both incoming chairman Jon W. Brady, Brady Distributing, and outgoing chairman Frank Cosentino of Namco America. The AAMA board and membership held a spirited discussion during AAMA's annual board and member meetings about possible ways to boost attendance at ASI and to promote the industry generally. The events took place June 21 through 22 at the Allerton Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Windy City.

Music, Amusements Are Under Attack: Leadership Needed
Marcus Webb
The coin-op music industry is facing competition everywhere it turns, and it's high time to "take back the tunes" and keep the quarters flowing.

PMI Acquires R.G. Mitchell's, Jolly Roger; Theisen Vending Remains U.S. Distributor
Marcus Webb
LOUTH, England - Photo-Me International PLC has acquired major assets of leading British kiddie ride maker R.G. Mitchell Ltd., making PMI the UK's leading manufacturer and operator of kiddie rides with more than 5,000 rides on location.

Bulk Vending
The Smile Exchange's Nancy Lucas Carves Out Niche In Mall Locations
Hank Schlesinger
MIDDLETOWN, CT - What's a nice woman like Nancy Lucas doing in the fiercely competitive industry of bulk vending? Well, for one thing, she's doing just fine. An 11-year bulk vending veteran, Lucas has carved out a niche for herself among shopping malls throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. Her company, The Smile Exchange LLC, based here, has garnered something of a reputation and a loyal following among mall management by offering a wide variety of equipment along with superior service.

New Chinese Currency Policies Likely To Translate Into More Expensive Products For U.S. Bulk Vending Channel
Hank Schlesinger
BEIJING, China - In a move that was long expected, and one that was the subject of political pressure from U.S. lawmakers, the Chinese government on July 21 revalued its currency in what economists are calling a "managed float." The new policy will, in effect, increase the value of the Chinese currency, called the yuan, in relation to the U.S. dollar. Or in other words, goods imported from China will become more expensive.

Editorial: Vending
Up And Running
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
The Neighborhood Bars Are Disappearing In Chicago
Marcus Webb

Ahead of the Times: Vending
August 12, 2005: UVM Plans Golf Outing As Memorial To Romano; VAMA/NCVA Joint Meeting Set For Sept 21-23 Run; Massachusetts Association Awards 2005 Scholarships

July 14, 2005: Cigarette Vendors Lose Antitrust Case; CSPI Petitions FDA To Label Soda; USAT Hails Record-Breaking Quarter; Company Buys Diebold Card Systems Division

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
August 12, 2005: Rowe's Littell Moves Inside; Sega Launches New Website; Coast To Coast Expands Product Line, Services; From Korea'Good News, Bad News

August 16, 2005: Betson To Open Chicago Branch; 'Big Buck Hunter Professional'; Carrara Exits Lazer-Tron For Pace-O-Matic; IT, Valley-Dynamo Summits; UltraCade, Tecway Pact For Redemption; ESPN-TV Spotlights NDA Championship

August 23, 2005: Taito To Merge With Square Enix; Elaut Buys Equity Stake In Monduce; Manufacturers News: IT, Valley-VNEA, Triotech, UltraCade, JVL and Tsunami Visual

August 9, 2005: DeRose Becomes Chairman Of Global VR; Playboy To Enter LBE Business, Says Christie Hefner; Louisiana State Senator Calls For "Violent" Video Game Ban; TouchTunes' Promotes Clarton

July 15, 2005: Criminalize Sale Of Violent Video, Says Sen. Clinton; Rowe Launches Summer Price Incentive; Touchtunes Continues Price Reductions; Rowe, OK Mfg. And AMOA Expand Staffs; JVL Offers Free Services And Guarantees; Roxor Teams With Andamiro For

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