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Vol. 52, No. 5, May 2012

Vending Features
A&M Equipment Sales Offers 'Business Show' Podcasts On Vending Topics
Tim Sanford
The Lithonia, GA-based vending equipment distributor is producing a podcast series that deals with a variety of subjects interesting to vending managers...

ACE Planners Open Online Registration For 57th Show: Oct. 4-6
Emily Jed
Exhibit space for the 2012 Atlantic Coast Exposition in Myrtle Beach, SC, is being reserved quickly, the events organizers report. Half of the available space has already been booked...

Apriva And CardSmith Align To Offer Wireless Campus Payment System
Tim Sanford
The relationship will enable institutions to deploy wireless vending and mobile cashless payment acceptance around their campuses without the hindrances associated with wire-line networks...

Canada Wants To Turn Coins Into Bits
Nick Montano
Last month, Canada announced plans to eliminate the penny. This month, the Royal Canadian Mint is looking for ways to convert remaining coins into digital currency...

Cantaloupe Introduces Web-Based Vending Management System, Fully Integrating Its Seed Platform
Nick Montano
Cantaloupe Systems has a cloud-hosted alternative to conventional vending management system (VMS) software. Seed Office works on any device with a Web browser, including iPads...

Canteen Acquires CL Swanson’s Vending And Dining Businesses
Emily Jed
Madison, WI-based CL Swanson’s vending and dining services accounts are located throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Arkansas...

Colorado Senate Approves School Trans Fat Ban
Emily Jed
The measure seeks to ban products with trans fats sold through vending machines and in cafeterias in Colorado's public schools...

Confectionery Marketplace: Vending Keeps Pace With Patrons' Evolving Demands
Emily Jed
To accommodate demand for variety, vending operators are applying the latest technology and teaming up with confection suppliers to deliver what their diverse customer base wants...

Crane Co.'s Merchandising Segment Reports 8% Sales Decline In 2012 First Quarter
Nick Montano
The quarterly decline in Crane Co.'s vending equipment manufacturing division reflects lower sales of payment systems and, to a lesser extent, vending machines...

Fresh Healthy Vending Adds Hot Beverages To Menu
Emily Jed
The Fresh Healthy Vending Café offers a selection of coffeehouse-quality drinks like organic coffee, cappuccino, espresso and chai vanilla tea for $1.25 to $2 a cup...

FreshBrew Vending Acquires Tri-Cities Vending
Emily Jed
The company said the addition of vending accounts in the Beaumont market, located 90 miles northeast of Houston, will allow it to expand services into other industries...

GA May Require Alcohol Retailers To Offer Level Sensors To Patrons
Tim Sanford
Georgia's measure, HB 1307, also authorizes dealers to provide alcohol sensor vending machines as a means of satisfying the bill's requirements...

Hug A Vending Machine, Get A Free Coke
Emily Jed
Hugs are the only form of payment accepted by a Coca-Cola vending machine installed at the National University of Singapore...

iSpot Awards Honor Creativity At NAMA OneShow
Tim Sanford
NAMA iSpot Award, vending Excellence in invention, imagination and vending industry image-building will be recognized. ISpot ceremony on April 26 will honor 26 companies in eight categories...

Jamba Severs Deal With Nestlé, Takes Control Of CPG Platform
Emily Jed
Smoothie chain ends licensing partnership to assume control of its branded energy drinks, and setting a precedent for the future direction of its consumer packaged goods platform...

john conti Coffee Co. Thanks Supporters Of Tornado Relief Campaign
Tim Sanford
john conti Coffee Co. reports that its dispatch of relief supplies to assist victims of the late-winter storms received generous support...

Kraft Hosts Centennial Parties, Promotions To Honor Oreo Cookies
Tim Sanford
Oreo 100th Anniversary This year is the 100th anniversary of world-renowned Oreo cookies, and Kraft Foods is marking the occasion with a series of events designed to "celebrate the kid inside"...

Kraft Readies Diji-Taste Vender For NAMA OneShow Premiere
Emily Jed
Kraft Foods Inc. and Intel Corp. have collaborated for two years to develop the high-tech Diji-Taste vending machine, which makes its debut this week in Las Vegas...

Life Savers Celebrates 100th Anniversary At Wrigley Tennessee Plant
Tim Sanford
Life Savers 100 years In 1912, chocolate maker Clarence Crane created Pep O Mints to stand up against the summer heat. He called them Life Savers because they looked like little life preservers. On April 11, 2012,, Wrigley marked the iconic candy's 100th birthday...

Made Drinks Taps Premier Brokers As Vending, OCS Representative
Tim Sanford
Made Drinks Co. produces a line of organic ready-to-drink cold beverages, now represented in vending and office coffee by Premier Broker Partners' nine offices...

Marley Coffee And AVT Team Up For Branded Premium Coffee Venders
Emily Jed
The coffee company and the manufacturer say their machine will provide a coffeehouse experience for customers and give vending operators a "discernible difference" in coffee vending solutions...

Mass. House Passes Bill To Cap Fee Hike For Vending Machine License Fee
Emily Jed
The Massachusetts House has passed a state budget amendment that sets a $6 limit to increases in the annual license fee for vending machines this year...

MEI Introduces Advance 5000 Telemeter With Offline Data Recorder
Tim Sanford
The Advance 5000 is the latest addition to MEI's toolbox of data collection and analysis. Its ffline data recorder enhances information-capture capabilities of machines not on networks...

Michigan House Committee Endorses Bill To Deter Bulk Container Theft
Tim Sanford
Michigan's House Commerce Committee has passed two bills out by unanimous vote. The measures are designed to discourage the theft of plastic bulk merchandise containers...

NAMA Advises Industry On New DOT Mobile Phone Use Regulations
Tim Sanford
The recent amendment to federal motor carrier safety regulations took effect earlier this year, and NAMA says it should be understood by operators and distributors...

NAMA Gratitude Event At UNLV Turns Spotlight On Technology: April 24
Emily Jed
A cross-section of the state of the art in vending will be on display at the University of Nevada's Las Vegas campus on Tuesday, the day before the formal opening of NAMA's OneShow...

NAMA Hosts Inaugural Women's Networking Event At OneShow: April 26
Emily Jed
The National Automatic Merchandising Association will host its first-ever Women of the Industry networking event at this week's OneShow in Las Vegas...

NAMA Responds To EPA's Energy Star Vender Rule Change Proposals
Tim Sanford
Called Version 3.0, the new specification is scheduled to take effect in August of this year, together with the new federal minimum efficiency standard...

NY Assembly Passes Budget Without Vend Sales Tax Exemption Hike
Tim Sanford
The New York State Assembly passes a budget bill that does not include the proposed 75¢ increase in the tax exemption on vended sales advocated by the New York State Automatic Vending Association...

NYSAVA Rallies Support For Vending Sales Tax Relief Amendment
Tim Sanford
The bill in New York would increase the sales and use tax exemption on vended sales of food and beverages from its present ceiling of 75¢ to $1.50...

Pepi Food Services Speeds Up Cashless Implementation, Aims At 100% By Year End
Emily Jed
The Bainbridge, GA, vending operation signs agreement with USA Technologies to enable cashless payment at 100% of its vending machines by the end of 2012 -- three years ahead of schedule...

Record Crowds Converge In Las Vegas For NAMA OneShow; Innovation And Technology Signal Vending Industry's Reinvention
Emily Jed
Game-changing innovations in vending and coffee service drew the biggest crowd yet to the National Automatic Merchandising Association's OneShow and generated a buzz over new prospects for industry growth...

Revive Self Checkout Café Joins Micromarket Revolution; Distribution Pro Loparco Aids Sales Effort
Emily Jed
Adam Arthur, owner of San Diego-based Revolution Vending, is now selling the self-checkout system he designed for use in his full-line vending operation...

Seaga Launches Saeco Atlante For U.S. Market
Tim Sanford
The Saeco Atlante is a full-sized hot beverage vending machine offering up to 32 selections...

Self-Checkout Could Make Stealing Too Easy
Nick Montano
Recent reports in The Point of Sale News and USA Today take a look at retailers' growing use of self-checkout systems and resulting increases in theft. Intentional or not, theft is up to five times higher with self-checkout than when cashiers are working...

ShelfX's 'Vending Fridge' Makes It Easy To Grab And Go - And Knows What Customers Take
Emily Jed
A new approach to vending features a "smart shelf" equipped with sensitive scales that know the exact quantity and identity of products stocked on it. It works with a smartphone app that reads QR codes...

Spindle Rolls Out Turnkey RhinoPay Payment Platform
Emily Jed
The turnkey payments solution facilitates payments among consumers and between businesses and consumers through both e-commerce and mobile commerce portals...

Stratacache Debuts Translucent Digital Vending Machine Signage
Emily Jed
PrimaSee Vending is a translucent digital display that showcases high-def video advertisements embedded within the glass panel of a vending machine...

SUNY Oneonta Pioneers Several Shop24 Firsts
Emily Jed
The State University of New York at Oneonta is demonstrating the success of several firsts for Shop24 Global LLC's robotic convenience store...

USA Technologies Upgrades ePort Connect Cashless Payment And Telemetry Platform
Tim Sanford
Upgrade to ePort Connect service platform includes "M2M" applications like mobile payments and marketing. The customer-facing portion of the upgrade was launched in mid-April...

USAT Sales Figures Record Success Of 2-Tier Cash/Card Pricing Option
Emily Jed
USA Technologies Inc. said data from its new two-tier pricing program showed greater sales activity in the two weeks after its deployment than before...

Micromarkets
365 Retail Markets Unveils Second-Generation SmartHub For Self-Service Micromarkets
Emily Jed
The next-generation kiosk, at the center of the 365 SmartShop micromarket solution, features more than 20 technical enhancements. The most evident change is the smaller design...

365 Retail Markets Wins Gold, Announces Micromarket Giveaway
Emily Jed
Micromarket company wins a gold iSpot Innovation Award in the kiosk category for its second-generation SmartHub Gen II self-checkout kiosk...

Avanti Markets Names Chris Vicari President
Tim Sanford
Avanti Markets Inc. has announced the appointment of Chris Vicari as president. He brings more than 25 years' experience to the post...

Breakroom Provisions Debuts New Micromarket Kiosks, Software Update
Tim Sanford
Breakroom Provisions Inc. is introducing two models of self-checkout kiosks for micromarkets. The new Metro and Office Market kiosks will complement the company's City Market kiosk...

Music and Games Features
Dave & Buster's Hails Record FY 2011; Q4 Amusement Revenue Jumps 9%
Marcus Webb
Bolstered by a strong fourth-quarter that saw amusement revenues increase 9%, the restaurant/arcade chain reported its best-ever adjusted EBITDA during fiscal 2011...

Alpha-Omega, AEM Promote Tracy Sarris To Chief Marketing Officer
Tim Sanford
Tracy Sarris has advanced to the post of chief marketing officer at the Alpha-Omega Group, according to an announcement by president and chief executive Frank Seninsky...

AMI Entertainment Restructures Into Two Units; Manufacturing Returns To U.S.
Nick Montano
The company's corporate restructuring plan creates two divisions: one focusing on music and TV products, and another concentrating on videogames and bill changers. Manufacturing will leave Reynosa, Mexico...

AMI Releases Megatouch Live V2 Software For ML-1 Game Terminals
Tim Sanford
AMI Entertainment has released Megatouch Live V2 for its newest countertop game terminal, the ML-1. The release adds 22 new games to the Megatouch Live software menu...

AMOA Consolidates Notre Dame Program
Marcus Webb
The Amusement and Music Operators Association's Management Development Program conducted at the University of Notre Dame will be shortened to four weekends...

AMOA-NDA Team Dart Concludes
by Staff Reporter
the National Dart Association's Team Dart took place from April 13 to 21 at Bally's Las Vegas, attracting some 12,000 competitors sponsored by amusement operators...

Bay Tek Announces Exclusive Pact With Australia's Zax Amusements
Tim Sanford
The Pulaski, WI, amusement factory said it will work on an exclusive basis with Zax Amusements in the Australian market for the remainder of this year and beyond...

Beer Sales, On-Premise Consumption Still Falling, Says Trade Group
Marcus Webb
Beer sales dipped for the second year in a row, falling 1.5% in 2011, according to the latest report by the Beverage Information Group...

California Lawmakers Mull Online Poker Legalization, Again
by Staff Reporter
Supporters of a proposed bill to legalize online poker for California citizens say the state could realize $1 billion in taxes over the next decade by regulating the activity...

CEC Entertainment Inc. Reportedly Backs $10 Redemption Prize Limit In California
Marcus Webb
An article in The Redemption Report suggests that Chuck E. Cheese's agreed to work with California lawmakers to amend the state's amusement industry regulations, forcing a $10 prize limit on redemption...

CEC Settles Child Injury Case
by Staff Reporter
Chuck E. Cheese's agreed to pay $6,500 to settle a lawsuit filed in December by the family of an injured child...

Champion, Connelly And Valley-Dynamo Begin Move Into New 169,000-Sq.Ft. Texas Plant
Nick Montano
The facility will build and ship pool, foosball, shuffle and air hockey tables under the Champion, Connelly, Valley, Dynamo and Tornado names for the coin-op and home markets...

Chuck E. Cheese's Q1 Comp Store Sales Drop 4.2%
Marcus Webb
CEC Entertainment Inc. reported that comparable store sales decreased 4.2% for the first quarter of 2012, ended April 1, compared with the first quarter of 2011...

Coast To Coast's Stage 2 Controller Allows Remote Game Management
Nick Montano
New controller board provides remote monitoring capabilities delivered to smartphones or computers. Stage 2 can be installed in a wide variety of coin-op machines...

DNA U.S. Conference Is Forced To Change Dates; Program Moves From Mid-May To Early October
Press Release | DNA Conference Organizers
Dates for the first DNA US Conference have been moved "due to unexpected circumstances," the program's organizers announced on April 25...

Ecast-To-AMI Network Migration Software Passes Test Run; Official Launch Set For June
Nick Montano
AMI Entertainment announced this week that it has completed the first test for its software-only migration of jukeboxes from the former Ecast network to its own network...

Gary Colabuono Exits Incredible Technologies
Nick Montano
During his 12-year tenure with the videogame company, Gary Colabuono led the marketing effort that elevated Golden Tee Golf into an international brand...

Horses Sweat, Virtuo Glows
Nick Montano
touchtunes After taking delivery of more than a dozen TouchTunes Virtuos, Automatic Coin Vending Co. of Chester, PA, arranges its jukebox cargo for a special photo opportunity...

IAAPA Announces IP Rights Policy
Marcus Webb
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions said its new policies to protect copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property that belong to its members will go into effect on June 1...

Illinois And Chicago Business Chambers Back VLT Opt-In
by Staff Reporter
Chicago should repeal its ban on gambling to opt into the Illinois's impending video lottery market, say leaders of several Chambers of Commerce...

Illinois May Yank Operator's VLT License
Marcus Webb
AAA City Vendors Gaming (Bartonville) may become the first video lottery operator to lose its VLT license from the State of Illinois...

Illinois Officials Disagree On Whether Old Local Laws Hurt VLT Market
Marcus Webb
Decades-old ordinances banning all forms of gambling in Illinois towns and counties could prevent the introduction of video lottery terminals in those jurisdictions...

In Texas, 8-Liner Raids Seize 100+ Machines
by Staff Reporter
Lawmen in Cameron, Wood and Bell counties collectively raided 19 eight-liner arcades between late February and early April, seizing games and making arrests...

Jersey Jack Pinball Slates Wizard Of Oz Game For Midyear Shipment
Nick Montano
The new pinball company reports that its first flipper game will begin shipping by late spring or early summer of this year. With a theme and characters licensed from Warner Bros., it's being produced in two series...

Judge Gives Mouli Cohen 22 Years
by Staff Reporter
A federal judge in San Francisco on May 1 sentenced Samuel "Mouli" Cohen, Ecast founder, to 22 years in prison...

Large Brush Fire In Northern NJ Spares Betson Headquarters
Nick Montano
A wind-whipped brush fire in Carlstadt, NJ, this week came within a few hundred feet of the nation's largest amusement and vending machine distributor...

Maine Senate To Vote On VLTs in Private Clubs
Marcus Webb
The New England state is considering allowing up to five video lottery terminals in nonprofit private organizations...

Mainstream Media Defend Videogames In Norway's Gun Massacre Case
Marcus Webb
Anders Breivik, not the violent videogames he played, should be held responsible for his massacre of 77 people in July 2011, according to strong editorial pieces recently published by Reuters and Forbes...

McAllister Joins Firestone Financial As Business Development VP
Emily Jed
Dan McAllister, a former TouchTunes sales executive, will develop new markets Firestone's financing products...

Michigan AG Announces Voluntary Closure Of Eight Sweeps Locations
Marcus Webb
Michigan's Attorney General said the agreement resulted from an ongoing investigation by the state police, the Michigan Gaming Control Board and his office...

Michigan's Top Cop Declares Sweeps Videos To Be Illegal Gambling
by Staff Reporter
Michigan's Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement Division has issued formal "cease and desist" letters to three Internet sweepstakes gaming locations, declaring them illegal...

Music Industry Reaches Tentative New Copyright Agreement For Online Services
by Staff Reporter
Labels, publishers and digital music services reach agreement on proposed royalty rates for wide variety of online services, potentially making it easier to offer music in new ways over the Internet...

MyTouchTunes 2.0 Update Improves Mobile Features And 'Gamifies' Rewards
Nick Montano
Latest myTouchTunes Mobile release brings the leading app for jukeboxes up to date. Version 2.0 enhances union between TouchTunes jukeboxes and smartphones...

Namco Bandai Merges Western Game Divisions
by Staff Reporter
Namco Bandai is combining its U.S. and European divisions and has named Mark Tsuji chief executive of the newly formed unit...

Namco Introduces Dead Heat Driver With 42" Monitor
Nick Montano
The new videogame variant retains the novel social networking features of the original Dead Heat, which has a 32" horizontal display...

Norway Gunman Says He Trained By Playing Videogames
by Staff Reporter
Anders Breivik appeared in court in Oslo saying he used Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to practice acquiring targets and aiming...

NSM Music Offers Jukebox Operators Variable Revenue-Share Option, Clarifies And Scales Back Direct Sales Program
Nick Montano
The jukebox company announces two major changes to its U.S. business activity, which until recently was closely tied to the now-defunct Ecast. Changes impact music service fees and jukebox hardware sales...

NSM Promotes Kopf To Service Manager, Offers Direct Parts Support
Tim Sanford
In his new post at NSM Music Inc., Tom Kopf is responsible for NSM's service operations, which provide 24-hour customer support, troubleshooting and repair of NSM jukeboxes and all of their electronic components...

Ohio's Proposed Sweeps Regs Would Hurt Bars, Says OCMA Leader
by Staff Reporter
David George of Bell Music Co. says a bill to regulate and license sweepstakes videogame operations would hurt the bar and tavern industry...

Ohio: Federal, State, Local Agencies Investigate And Shut Down Electronic Sweepstakes Venues
by Staff Reporter
Seven sweepstakes videogame businesses in Ohio have been shut down, and 10 individuals have been indicted in connection with those enterprises...

Penn. State Senator Backs Ban On Sweepstakes Videogames
by Staff Reporter
Sen. Wayne D. Fontana is backing a House measure that would ban sweepstakes videogames as a form of illegal gambling under Pennsylvania state law...

So. Carolina State Police Vandalize Video Pokers
by Staff Reporter
An agent of the State Law Enforcement Division in South Carolina reportedly destroyed a video poker game with a crowbar...

South Dakota VLTs See 30% Increase From New Games
Marcus Webb
Video lottery terminals in South Dakota have increased average daily revenues from $50.40 to $65.28 by adding slot-style lineup games...

Stern Pinball Introduces Add-On Redemption Ticket-Dispensing Kit
Tim Sanford
The modular ticket-issuing system from Deltronic Labs attaches to the side of a Stern flipper game and accommodates as many as 4,000 tickets...

Sweeps Operator Surrenders To Sheriffs In FL
by Staff Reporter
Megan Crisante, 23, turned herself into the Pinellas County Jail on April 25, one week after she was charged with 45 counts of violating state gambling laws...

The Alfresco Photobooth: Apple Industries Debuts Theme Park Edition, Designed For Outdoor Operation
Hank Schlesinger
Weatherized and fortified, the new Face Place Theme Park Edition takes photobooth operations outdoors. Apple Industries built the enclosed imaging kiosk to repel the elements...



TouchTunes' Virtuo Jukebox Turns Magenta For National Karaoke Week
Nick Montano
TouchTunes, Karaoke, Erin Andrews The fourth week in April is National Karaoke Week. And this little known fête, and karaoke in general, could get a lot bigger thanks to TouchTunes Interactive Networks...

UK's Music Industry Regulator Steps Up Enforcement, Orders Some Pubs To Turn Off Jukeboxes
by Staff Reporter
One of the UK's music industry watchdog groups, the Phonographic Performance Ltd., is reportedly stepping up licensing enforcement in Britain's pubs...

Zoom, Zoom! Andretti's Uses Attractions And Promotions To Compete In Atlanta Market
Hank Schlesinger
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is 100,000 square feet of amusements laid out on a property formerly belonging to Sam's Club, to give an idea about how large it is...

Bulk Vending
Big Bear, Brand Vending Team Up For Sqwishland Eyeprize Machine
Hank Schlesinger
Brand's popular Sqwishland figurines and videogame codes will now be available in Big Bear's Eyeprize X novelty machine in a new vending package...

Canadian Penny's Demise Ends A Chapter In Bulk Vending History
by Staff Reporter
The decision by the Canadian government to stop minting pennies has been met with thundering silence. Since it costs about 1.6¢ to mint a penny, the decision was widely seen as prudent. But what about bulk vending?

Flatline Added-Value Initiative Debuts 3 Vend Items, Online Support
Hank Schlesinger
Flatline Corp. is moving into digital media with two bulk vending lines, an unusual imaging application and online programming to supplement the new products...

Gumball Science: The Sticky Question Of Memory
Hank Schlesinger
A new study by researchers at Cardiff University in Wales suggests that gum chewing can weaken short-term memory...

Shopping Centers, Bulk Vending Mainstays, Show Modest Gains
Hank Schlesinger
U.S. shopping centers, widely regarded as core locations for bulk vending, are showing economic signs of life, signalling positive news for operators...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
More Of A Good Thing
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association's 1972 trade show provided 20.5 hours (1,230 minutes) to view the 155 exhibits, or 7.9 minutes per display. Four decades later, this year’s OneShow drew 245 exhibitors and allowed 14.5 hours (870 minutes) to view them, or 3.55 minutes per exhibit... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
The Big Five-O – Or, Life Begins At Fifty
Marcus Webb
Don't look now, but somebody is having a silver anniversary. Vending Times printed its first edition in 1962 (after incorporating in 1961), and is 50 years old this year... by Marcus Webb

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Money?
Hank Schlesinger
Future trends are difficult to predict. They can be debated endlessly, though it may be helpful to consider that payments for purchases have all been trending toward ever-greater convenience for centuries... by Hank Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
Canada's Largest Coffee Chain Launches Tassimo T Discs
Emily Jed
Second Cup partners with Kraft Canada to produce, market and sell its coffees and lattes across Canada in T Discs for use in Tassimo on-demand beverage systems...

Green Coffee Association Sets 2012 Confab For Atlantic City In May
Tim Sanford
The GCA will conduct its 2012 convention at the Revel Atlantic City (NJ) hotel, resort and casino from May 10 to 12...

Green Coffee Association Sets Agenda For Annual Convention In May
Tim Sanford
Food safety, counterparty exposure and transportation are on the GCA agenda, along with a cupping and grading seminar for beginners...

Green Mountain Stands Tall Alongside Coke, Gatorade, Lipton, SoBe, Vitaminwater And Poland Spring As Harris Poll 'EquiTrend' Brands Of The Year
The 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend (EQ) study takes stock of America's thirst quenchers to find out which beverage brands bubble to the top [press release]

Green Mountain's Shares Decline On Outlook For Year Ahead
by Staff Reporter
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. reported a 42% increase in its fiscal second-quarter profit. Keurig products were key revenue drivers, but temperate sales forecast sent stocks downward...

Heritage Taps ZeeCooper For U.S. Private-Label, Specialty Sales
Tim Sanford
Maryland's ZeeCooper & Co. announced that it has agreed to represent Canadian roaster Heritage Coffee Co. in the U.S. Heritage's private-label program is the first initiative...

Kraft Pacts With Costa Coffee For Tassimo Rollout In UK Retail Outlets
Tim Sanford
Tassimo brewers and Costa Cappuccino, Latte and Americano T discs will be available in Costa Coffee's retail outlets in the south west of England beginning in May...

Mars Drinks Launches 2 Bright Teas In Recyclable Flavia Freshpacks
Tim Sanford
Mars reports that its latest packaging innovation has enabled the removal of an aluminum foil layer from the two Freshpacks, and advance from three materials to a single, fully recyclable plastic composition...

NCA Plans April 26 Webinar On Hispanic Coffee Consumption Trends
Tim Sanford
The National Coffee Association of USA's next webinar is based on recent NCA studies of coffee drinking among the Hispanic-American population...

Sara Lee Buys Brazilian Away-From-Home Espresso Retailer
Emily Jed
Sara Lee has acquired Expresso.Coffee, an espresso coffee retailer that supplies the out-of-home small business, vending and bakery segments in Brazil...

Seaga Debuts Elite Café 400 C-top Hot Drink Machine
Tim Sanford
The brand-new Elite Café 400 hot beverage machine is designed to keep up with demand in the busiest high-traffic locations. It offers 10 selections...

Cover Stories


Record Crowds Converge In Las Vegas For NAMA OneShow; Innovation And Technology Signal Vending Industry's Reinvention
Emily Jed
Game-changing innovations in vending and coffee service drew the biggest crowd yet to a NAMA OneShow and generated a buzz over new prospects for industry growth...

Guest Columns
Summer Selling: Promote And 'Bridge' To Cut Winter Inventory, Boost Volume
by Len Rashkin
Now is the time to sell iced beverages to your accounts. We'll look at tying beverages to snack promotions, and reducing winter inventory of hot cocoa, soups and other products that were slow movers... by Len Rashkin

Two Is Better Than One: Integrating Management Software And Warehouse Automation
By Cliff Fisher
Two systems have emerged that, when integrated, have a powerful one-two punch. Vending management systems and pick-to-light prekitting systems work together to provide three benefits... by Cliff Fisher

Viewpoint: How NSM Music Can Earn The Jukebox Operator's Business
by Danny Frank
As executive director of AMOA-New York, I read with great interest NSM Music's announcement a few months ago: An invitation for operators to buy NSM jukeboxes and undertake a business relationship with the company... by Danny Frank

When Trends Collide: Single-Cup Coffee Cartridges And Environmental Impact
by Brian Martell
As far as trends go, cartridge coffees got their legs quickly. Another trend gaining momentum in the broader global context is environmental impact. Amid these converging trends, single-cup brewers that use eco-friendly cartridges will be winners... by Brian Martell

Working On Your Family Business Succession Plan? How To Solve Your Tax, Economic And Human Problems
by Irv Blackman
A great article about estate planning for family business owners titled, "Warding off Analysis Paralysis," starts out reading like a good-news, bad-news story. First, the good news: "Approximately 90% of U.S. businesses are family firms… more than 17 million family businesses… employing 62% of the U.S. workforce." And now the bad news... by Irv Blackman

Meetings/Events
AAMC Plans Board Meeting, Shamrock Foods Plant Tour: May 7
Tim Sanford


Apriva Plans Wallet Platform Demo At ETA Conference On April 18
Emily Jed


Arkansas Vending Council Heads To Little Rock For Membership Meeting: May 17-18
Emily Jed
Camie Boggess, DBH Management, Sheree Edwards, Phil Elson, Arkansas Travelers Baseball Club

Candy Hall Of Fame Will Induct 12 New Members On Oct. 20
Nick Montano


CAVC Plans Legislative Day For Members In Sacramento: May 9
Tim Sanford


Herr Family Plans April 29 Public Memorial Service For James Herr
by Staff Reporter


KAMC Plans Family-Friendly Meeting: June 22-24
Emily Jed


MEI Hosts Telemetry, Forecasting Panel Session At NAMA OneShow
Tim Sanford


NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show Officially Sells Out Exhibit Space
by Staff Reporter


OneShow Government Affairs Session Focuses On Vending Impact: April 25
Tim Sanford


Six State Associations Announce 2012 Meeting Dates
by Staff Reporter


Names in the News
Dave & Buster's Hires Retail Developer To Lead Expansion
Marcus Webb


Deli Express Kudos And Farewell: Alexander Honored; Dearstyne To Retire In June


Digital Centre America Names Paul Jacobs Sales And Marketing VP
by Staff Reporter


Just Born Names Parker, Pye To VP Posts
Emily Jed


Marty Man Smith Joins Big Bear As National Accounts Vice-President


Naturals2Go Appoints Retail Veteran Wright As Operations Specialist
Tim Sanford


Promotion In Motion Taps LaRue International Sales VP
Emily Jed


Rich DePencier, Former Starbucks Executive, Joins Concordia Coffee Systems
Emily Jed


Sprout Healthy Vending Appoints Bill Watson Director Of Operations
Emily Jed


USA Technologies Appoints New Director; Moschner Is 7th Independent Board Member
Nick Montano


Small Business News
China Allows Yuan To Increase In Value Against Dollar
by Staff Reporter


Democrats Block Small Business Tax Relief Citing Inadequacy
Hank Schlesinger


Gas Prices Decline, Leaving Operators Cautiously Optimistic About Business During The Summer Months
Hank Schlesinger


Pew Research Sees Cashless World On The Horizon
Hank Schlesinger


President Obama Signs Small Business Jobs Act, Opening Doors To Crowdfunding
by Staff Reporter


Upfront with the Publisher
Take Me Out To The New Ball Game!
Alicia Lavay
Technology is clearly working in vending’s favor. Today’s vending machines impose fewer limits on the customer’s options... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products


Just Born Kicks Up Heat With Hot Tamales 3 Alarm, New Package Graphics
Emily Jed


Kraft Ships Bag-In-Box Crystal Light Fruit Punch


Mars Chocolate Plans Sept. Rollout For Dove Cookies & Crème Bars
Tim Sanford


Rickland Orchards Introduces Greek Yogurt Granola Bar In 6 Flavors
Tim Sanford


Ritz Crackerfuls Features New Packaging


Sundried Tomato & Basil Extend Wheat Thins


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