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Vol. 50, No. 12, December 2010

Vending Features
Coke Kicks Off Recycling Program On National Mall
Emily Jed
The beverage and vending giant is helping to keep the National Mall in the nation's capital "clean and green" by donating 320 recycling bins...

Fastcorp Begins Assembling International Distribution Network
Tim Sanford
Fastcorp LLC reports that it is seeking out distributors around the world to expand sales and operation of its Evolution frozen vending machines, and new non-frozen venders...

FDA Estimates Vendor Compliance With Calorie Disclosure Rules Will Require 14 Million Hours Annually; NAMA Petitions For Relief
Tim Sanford
The Food and Drug Administration estimates that the vending industry will need to spend 14 million hours annually to comply with the calorie disclosure requirements inserted into the healthcare reform legislation...

Flix On Stix Rolls Out Digital Entertainment Kiosks
Emily Jed
AVT Inc. it is preparing to ship Flix on Stix kiosks, which allow consumers to download digital movies, music and television programs to portable memory devices...

Gehl Foods Unveils 3 Main St. Café Shelf-Stable Protein Smoothies
Tim Sanford
New from Gehl Foods is a line of yogurt-based drinks designed for transport at ambient temperature. Main St. Café Protein Smoothies are packaged in 11-fl.oz. bottles...

Healthy U Lands Park Vending Contract
Emily Jed
Healthy U Snacks announced that it has won the snack vending contract for Illinois's McHenry County Conservation District...

Healthy Vending Firm Teams Up With Professional Athletes
Emily Jed
Human Healthy Vending has partnered with the 'nPLAY Foundation to promote its program as a solution to foster healthier lifestyles among schoolchildren...

Hershey Suit Alleges Infringement
by Staff Reporter
The Hershey Co. says Mars' Dove peanut butter chocolate candy is trying to piggyback on the patented orange, brown and tan wrappings of Reese's peanut butter chocolate products...

House Joins Senate In Passing Child Nutrition Act
Tim Sanford
The House of Representatives has passed the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" sent to it by the Senate in late summer. The vending industry could benefit...

Investor Group Pacts To Acquire Del Monte Foods Co. For $4B
by Staff Reporter
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Vestar Capital Partners and Centerview Partners lead purchase of Del Monte...

Japanese Vender Uses Facial Recognition To Recommend Drinks
Emily Jed
A new Japanese canned drink vending machine uses facial recognition technology to recommend drinks to patrons...

Kraft Seeks Injunction Against Starbucks
Emily Jed
Kraft Foods said it is seeking a preliminary injunction in a New York district court against Starbucks Coffee Co. to stop the coffee chain from terminating a distribution deal...

Mint Revises $1 Coin Design For 2011
Marcus Webb
The U.S. Mint is changing the design of its Native American $1 coin with a new reverse image that celebrates the peace pipe...

Mr. Peanut Speaks For First Time In 94 Years
Emily Jed
Planters gives voice to its iconic Mr. Peanut for the first time since he was created 94 years ago as part of a campaign to revitalize the mascot...

NYSAVA Plans Supplier Networking Event For Capital District, Jan. 18
Tim Sanford
The New York State Automatic Vending Association will hold its first-ever supplier-networking event on Jan. 18 (Tuesday) at the Century House Restaurant and Hotel in Latham, NY...

Pelican Group Adds Cotton Candy Venders To Regal Cinema Program
Tim Sanford
Vending and amusement management company plans to install cotton candy vending machines in Regal movie theaters nationwide...

President Inks Child Nutrition Bill
by Staff Reporter
President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law, the $4.5 billion expansion of the school lunch program, on Dec. 13...

Seaga Showcases Line At Vendex North In Manchester, UK, Nov. 16
Tim Sanford
Seaga will put the spotlight on its Premium Collection and Slim Line battery-operated machines at Vendex North this month...

Senate Passes Coin Modernization Act
Emily Jed
The U.S. Senate has passed the Coin Modernization, Oversight, and Continuity Act of 2010, which is endorsed by the National Automatic Merchandising Association...

Snyder's And Lance Complete Merger
Emily Jed
The snack makers announced the completion of their merger, first announced in July...

Tri-State Council Plans Jan. 11 Meet In Cherry Hill, NJ
Emily Jed
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council will hold a luncheon meeting on Tues., Jan. 11, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant in Cherry Hill, NJ...

Vending Association Establishes John Boyle Scholarship
Emily Jed
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council has established the John Boyle Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of the veteran operator who died on Oct. 6...

Vending Machine Sells Souvenir Condiments At Mustard Museum
Emily Jed
National Mustard Museum visitors can purchase souvenirs from a vending machine stocked with 10 varieties of specialty mustards and horseradish-flavored sauces...

Wise Completes $48M Credit Facility
Emily Jed
Wise Foods Inc., a leading regional salty snack company, announced that it has completed a new $48 million credit facility...

Music and Games Features
2010 IAAPA Attractions Expo Draws 25,000
Nick Montano
Some 25,000 participants from 96 nations registered for this year's International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions' trade show in Orlando, FL, from Nov. 15 to 19...

AMI Entertainment Starts Shipping Prize Farm Skill-With-Prize Game
Nick Montano
A new skill-with-prize (SWP) videogame, offering instant cash payouts, is now online and available in the United States...

Apple Industries Debuts Magazine Me Novelty Photobooth
Nick Montano
Apple Industries has introduced a photobooth designed specifically to create a replica magazine cover adorned with the patron's portrait...

Bay Tek Rolls Out 3 Alley Bowlers, 2 Ticket Redemption Games
Tim Sanford
New from Bay Tek Games are five amusement models appealing to a variety of clientele. They made their formal debut at the IAAPA Attractions Expo...

C.A. Robinson & Co. Closes After 76 Years
Marcus Webb
C.A. Robinson & Co. will end its 76-year reign as one of the industry's longest-running and most respected distributors of amusement and vending machines...

Coast To Coast's Stage 1 PCB Introduces AutoClaw Technology And Smartphone Monitoring
Nick Montano
New control board allows operators to program settings on skill cranes with dead-on accuracy and monitor machines with smartphones...

Cotton Demand Boosts Fabric Costs, Drives Plush Toy Prices Up
Hank Schlesinger
The price of plush toys is likely to rise in the near future because of dramatic increases in cotton prices...

Despite Ban, NC Operators Will Run Modified Sweeps Viddies
Marcus Webb
Most of North Carolina's Internet cafés with sweepstakes videogames will probably remain open after Dec. 1, despite the fact that a new ban goes into effect on that day...

Expanded Exhibit Scope Marks Germany’s 30th IMA Show Next Year
Tim Sanford
Germany’s long-running international trade fair for amusements and vending will incorporate enhancements and an expanded roster of exhibitors. It runs from Jan. 18 to 21 in Düsseldorf...

Gameroom Magazine Ends After 23 Years
Marcus Webb
Gameroom Magazine, a leading periodical for coin-op machine collectors and hobbyists, is shutting down after a 23-year run...

Georgia Police Seize Hundreds Of Video Pokers, Arrest 15
by Staff Reporter
In "Operation Jackpot," local Georgia authorities raided more than a dozen public locations, and one operator's home...

Hein Retires Pinball Wizards Convention; PinFest Takes On Spring Show Management
Hank Schlesinger
After 17 years of organizing and hosting the popular Pinball Wizards Convention and Game Room Show, Brian Hein is stepping away from the flippers...

Jukebox License Fees Increase Slightly
Marcus Webb
After holding rates steady for two years, the Jukebox License Office will increase CD and vinyl music licensing fees in 2011...

JVL Submits Reorganization Plan To Canadian Bankruptcy Court
Marcus Webb
JVL Corp. has retained a law firm to help it prepare and submit a plan to creditors allowed under Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act...

LAI Debuts Prize Venders, Stacker Variants And Kids' Driving Game
Tim Sanford
Mega Stacker, Stack 'N' Grab, driving videogame for children and Snapshot updates make debut at November's IAAPA Attractions Expo...

MB Media Unveils 'Twisplays' Twitter-Feed Digital Signage Application
Emily Jed
A new application for LED-matrix electronic sign enables businesses to harness the power of social media throughout their locations and at points of sale...

Namco Bandai Cuts Losses
Marcus Webb
Namco Bandai reduced its half-year losses to $23.8 million for the six months ended Sept. 30. Net sales climbed to $2.13 billion for the second quarter...

Namco Reports 18% Increase In Coin-Op Game Sales
Marcus Webb
Namco Bandai said worldwide amusement machine sales rose from 12,400 units in the first six months of fiscal 2010 to 14,600 units in the first six months of fiscal 2011...

NC Attorney General: Sweeps Ban Partly Valid; Ruling To Be Appealed
Marcus Webb
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper issued an advisory letter on Dec. 2 informing law enforcement that most of the state's Dec. 1 ban on video sweepstakes machines remains in effect...

NC Judge Mulls Sweepstakes Games; FL County Plans To Outlaw Them
Marcus Webb
A ruling is expected any day in a key Internet sweepstakes game case in which two operators are challenging North Carolina's ban on First Amendment grounds...

NC Sweepstakes Status Grows Murkier
Marcus Webb
Operators in North Carolina are grappling with two conflicting rulings that leave the status of sweepstakes videogames very unclear...

New FEC Organization Launches
Marcus Webb
The International Laser Tag Association has created the National Association of Family Entertainment Centers, a nonprofit group aimed at serving FECs...

New Jersey Moves Fast To Legalize Online Gambling
Marcus Webb
The New Jersey Assembly's Regulatory Oversight Committee voted unanimously on Dec. 9 to legalize online gambling for state residents...

North Carolina Judge Issues Mixed Ruling On Sweepstakes Viddies
Marcus Webb
Judge John Craig III issued what appeared to be a split decision on sweepstakes videogames on Nov. 22...

Ohio Nonprofits Lobby To Legalize Electronic Bingo
Marcus Webb
American Legion and U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars are informally lobbying the Ohio Legislature for permission to operate electronic bingo machines...

Smart Unveils Hole'n Win Self-Merchandising Game
Tim Sanford
Smart Industries' new skill game displays available prizes through a large front-panel window. Prizes hang from a "free release" mechanism...

TouchTunes Ranks No. 1 In Nielsen Audience Report
Tim Sanford
TouchTunes Interactive Networks placed first in Nielsen's second-quarter 4th Screen Audience Report, which tracks video-network advertising for location-based media...

Bulk Vending
Canada Sets New Lead Limits On Toys
Hank Schlesinger
Canada is set to unveil what is generally seen as one of the toughest regulations on lead content in consumer products in the world...

Dorothy Goodding Dies
Hank Schlesinger
The bulk vending pioneer who founded McCathren Vending of Denver died on Nov. 27. She was 86...

NBVA Says It Will Have 'Independent Spirit' At Amusement Expo
Hank Schlesinger
When the doors open to Amusement Expo in March, the National Bulk Vendors Association says it will be a central figure at coin-op's biggest trade show...

TNT Amusements: The Small Supplier From McKinney, Texas, Is A Big Success
Hank Schlesinger
A small Texas bulk and crane machine supplier carves a big niche. TNT Amusements' success comes down to hard work and attention to detail....

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
The Future Arrives, Again
Tim Sanford
This month, we say farewell to 2010, and we do not think it will be missed. There has been some discussion recently about the supposed end of the 2008 recession but... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
A Cold Reading On An Industry In A Period Of Great Change
Hank Schlesinger
Hard work adapting to the present weak economy will pay off for the survivors when conditions improve... by Hank Schlesinger

The Way Forward
Marcus Webb
The amusement industry is keeping up a good front. It talks gamely about grinding it out until the next economic recovery, technology or hit game comes along. Privately, there's plenty of gloom about... by Marcus Webb

Coffee Service News
Aramark Launches E-Commerce OCS Program For Small Workplaces
Emily Jed
Javia.com offers office coffee products to businesses too small to support full-service breakrooms...

MooBella Expands Into Airports, Obtains $9M In Additional Funding
Tim Sanford
On the heels of several installations, the maker of the self-service Ice Creamery gets a new round of funding from Switzerland's Inventages Venture Capital SA...

Mr. Coffee Launches Home Brewer With Keurig Technology
Emily Jed
A leading coffeemaker brand in the home market makes its entry into the single-serve brewer category...

Sodexo Pilot Program Cuts Campus Food Waste By 30%
Emily Jed
Sodexo employees at eight college campuses have reportedly cut kitchen waste by about one third...

Sodexo Posts 2010 Gains, Forecasts Growth For 2011
Emily Jed
Sodexo posted a 4.1% profit lift for 2010, and forecast earnings and revenue growth for next year after winning contracts at a faster pace...

Cover Stories


How the Sprout Card System Will Benefit Vending Patrons, Suppliers And Operators
Emily Jed
Making its nationwide debut is a cashless payment option integrated with a comprehensive marketing program that offers consumers incentives to shop at their vending machines. The Sprout card has been adopted by the Vend Marketing Institute...



PIONEER VENDING: Operation From Cheviot, Ohio, Enters 2nd Century
Marcus Webb
What is the secret of keeping a tavern-based route operation successful, and in the same family, for more than a century? Ask third-generation operator Bill Westerhaus of Pioneer Vending and you'll hear a forthright answer. "It's not a mystery," said Westerhaus. "There are three basic strategies...

Guest Columns
GREEN COFFEE PRICES: This Time May Be Different, But History Argues Against Panic
by Kevin Daw
Coffee prices have risen steadily from their historic lows early in this decade, and the continued increase is causing a good deal of discussion. Some say that the world has changed, and the market factors that worked to correct green coffee price spikes in the past are no longer effective. Is this time really different? by Kevin Daw

THE GREAT DEBATE: National Brands Are Pre-Sold, But Private Label Can Add Profit
by Len Rashkin
A coffee service thrives by giving its customers what they want, while working to upgrade and guide those desires... by Len Rashkin

THIS WAY UP: Performance Reviews Guide Employees Toward Advancement
by Jerry McVety
Well-conducted performance reviews can help workers develop and perfect the skills they need to move up... by Jerry McVety

Videogame Market Appeal Is Not Gone
by Kevin Williams
For many U.S. operators, videogames are like an old flame you keep thinking about -- even though you almost wish you could put her out of your mind. "Flame" is precisely the right word. Many operators felt burned by the video sector... by Kevin Williams

Meetings/Events
Georgia Vending Association Plans Dec. 6 Dinner Meeting
Emily Jed
The Georgia Automatic Merchandising Council will update members its legislative efforts and what vending operators can do to lend their support...

SCVA Readies Winter Training Conference
Emily Jed
The South Carolina Vending Association is putting the finishing touches on plans for its 23rd annual SCVA Winter Training Conference. It will be held Jan. 21-23...

Vending Paris 2010 Breaks New Ground With Conceptual Centerpiece
Tim Sanford
The 11th presentation of Vending Paris spotlighted the ability of the vending industry to address the fast-evolving demands of today's on-the-go consumers...

Small Business News
Sam's Club Launches Smartphone Application
Emily Jed
Sam's Club has launched a free smartphone application that the wholesaler says will enhance and simplify the shopping experiences of its members...

Upfront with the Publisher
Raise Your Half-Full Glass
Alicia Lavay
When we raise our glasses this holiday season, we should see them as half-full, not half-empty... by Alicia Lavay

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