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Vol. 49, No.5, May 2009

Vending Features
All Candy Expo Is Set For May 19-21 Run In Chicago
by Staff Reporter
All Candy Expo continues to add options and new exhibitors, and trade show organizers say the 2009 program will be bolstered by the fact that confectionary products are proven performers during tough economic times...

Amendments To Nevada Bill Save Operators From Potentially Severe Fees
by Staff Reporter
Nevada lawmakers on May 21 amended a state Assembly proposal that could have potentially imposed harsh fees on coin machine operations...

AMS Debuts SlimGem Glassfront, Small-Item Snack Vender Tray
by Staff Reporter
New from Automated Merchandising Systems are a narrow-cabinet glassfront multiproduct machine and a small-item tray for its snack machine line. The SlimGem measures a compact 28.5" wide...

Bottlers Reject PepsiCo's Acquisition Proposal; PepsiCo Files Suit
Emily Jed
Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas reject PepsiCo Inc.'s $6 billion offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock it does not already own in the bottling companies. The combined deal would have put PepsiCo in control of distribution of about 80% of its total North American beverage volume. PepsiCo files lawsuit against takeover target PBG...

CA Power Authority Targets $6M Annual Savings Through Large-Scale VendingMiser Installation
Emily Jed
A leading energy conservation-consulting firm announced a two-year contract with the Southern California Public Power Authority to help lower energy consumption by vending machines and save its customers an estimated $6 million annually in costs. It could be the largest-ever VendingMiser deal to date...

China Readies 6th International Vending Show For Shanghai In June
Tim Sanford
The 2009 China International Vending Show will open in Shanghai on June 22. This will be the sixth presentation of the show, whose swift growth has paralleled the expansion of vending in this nation of 1.3 billion people...

Coin Acceptors Introduces Two Vantage Models At Spring Expo
Tim Sanford
Coin Acceptors continues to widen its new Vantage line of bill validators, introducing two additional models at the NAMA Spring Expo. New are the Vantage VR6, featuring a bill recycler, and the VC6, equipped with a card reader…Both feature Coinco’s Smart Bezel, which indicates acceptance to the patron in real time...

Compass Group Posts $450M Profit In First-Half
by Staff Reporter
Managed services giant Compass Group reported profit of £287 million ($444.67 million) for the first half of fiscal 2009, up from £216 million ($334.79 million) during the same period in 2008...

Conn. Hosts New England Operators For Fun-Filled Mystic Meet In June
by Staff Reporter
The Connecticut Vending Association will host this year's New England Spring Meeting, providing operators from throughout the region an opportunity to mix and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere. The event is scheduled June 12-14 in Mystic, CT.

Court Issues Injunction Delaying New York Bottle Bill Start Date
Emily Jed
A district court in New York issued a preliminary injunction on May 27 delaying the June 1 effective date of the Bottle Bill and the requirement for New York-exclusive UPC labeling. Joining IBWA as plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to the injunction are Nestlé Waters North America Inc. and The Polar Corp. d/b/a Polar Beverages...

Dairy Industry Rallies Against Proposed Federal Sugary Drink Tax
Emily Jed
The chief executives at two major dairy industry groups are speaking out against a suggested federal excise tax on flavored milk drinks that contain sugar-based sweeteners. IDFA's Connie Tipton and NMPF's Jerry Kozak sound off...

Everpure’s NRA Product Showcase Addresses Industry Issues
by Staff Reporter
At this year's National Restaurant Association trade show in Chicago, which opens this week, Everpure is showcasing a wide array of products designed to meet environmental needs and the cost challenges faced by today's foodservice operators...

Heartland And Cantaloupe Forge Cashless Vending Alliance
by Staff Reporter
Heartland Payment Systems and Cantaloupe Systems (Berkeley, CA) announced that they have formed a nonexclusive cashless vending partnership that pairs Cantaloupe's Seed platform with Heartland's processing capability...

LPR Offers Introductory Price, Expert Advice On Tamper-Evident Bags In Cash ‘Chain Of Custody’ Program
Tim Sanford
Loss Prevention Results chief Mark Manney reports that LPR is celebrating its liaison with flexible packaging giant Ampac with a special offer to operators purchasing Ampac tamper-evident bags through LPR...

Made In The USA: How Pyramid Technologies Competes
Hank Schlesinger
David Mays has been thinking about China lately. What makes the president of Pyramid Technologies Inc. different from some other business executives eyeing Asia is the fact that his firm, which makes bill validators, is bringing the fabrication of plastic back to the United States...

MD/DC, Tri-State Councils To Convene In Ocean City, May 28-29; NJ Meet Attracts Large Turnout
Emily Jed
The Maryland/DC Vending Association and Tri-State (New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) Automatic Merchandising Council will hold a combined annual membership meeting in late May... Tri-State’s March meet is best in recent years...

MilkPEP Unveils 'Drink Well, Live Well' Advertising/PR Campaign
Tim Sanford
MilkPEP has launched its newest initiative to encourage milk sales, with supermodel and fitness enthusiast Christie Brinkley kicking off the yearlong blitz in her third Milk Mustache ad...

PHOTO: Christie Brinkley (r.) unveils "Milk Mustache" poster for "Drink Well, Live Well" campaign as dietitian Wendy Bazilian, Ph.D., applauds. MilkPEP notes that milk is an ideal fit with vending wellness initiatives.

Mobile Vending System Enables Operators To Take The Show On The Road
Emily Jed
New Mobile Vending Systems line allows foodservice pros to take their business wherever the action is. Portable kiosks can be adapted to vend everything from food and refreshments to magazines and newspapers, and placed indoors or outdoors...

NCR Posts Q1 Loss; Buys TNR To Advance Blockbuster Self-Service DVD Rental Alliance
Nick Montano
NCR Corp. reported an operating loss of $15 million for this year's first quarter, compared with profits of $49 million during the same period of 2008. But the technology giant sees growth opportunity in self-service entertainment media rentals, buying remaining equity in TRN holdings...

Senate Ponders CSPI Plan To Tax Sugared Drinks, Hears Objections
Emily Jed
U.S. Senate leaders are weighing a new tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages to help fund a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's healthcare system. The impost would be levied on the beverage producers and passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices...

UPDATED: Colorado Lawmakers Kill Proposed Tax On Vended Food
by Staff Reporter
A plan to eliminate a sales tax exemption on food purchased from vending machines in Colorado was killed this past weekend before it reached the state Senate for debate this week...

Visa's U.S. Debit Card Volume Surpasses Credit For First Time
by Staff Reporter
Visa announced that spending on its debit cards in the U.S. has surpassed credit for the first time in the company's history. Last year, debit payments volume was $206 billion, compared with credit payments volume of $203 billion...

Music and Games Features
Adding Value With Coin-Op: Touch Video Efforts Match Latest Bar Trends
Hank Schlesinger
It isn’t surprising that the restaurant and bar industry has been negatively impacted by the current recession. But three leading touchscreen videogame companies are getting creative to help operators boost profits...

Andamiro Expands Lineup With Winners' Cube
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk
Andamiro U.S.A. Corp. (Gardena, CA) has taken the wraps off Winners' Cube, a sleek new redemption game that employs a unique "pusher" concept...

Apple Industries, Merit Collaborate On Photo Option For TAP.tv
Tim Sanford
Apple Industries and Merit Entertainment are teaming up to widen the variety of entertainment choices available to patrons of Apple’s photobooths and Merit’s Megatouch multifunction countertop terminals. One early achievement of this partnership is a photo option for Merit’s TAP.tv system...

Brady Advances Its S.E. Expansion With Valley Exclusive In GA, AL
by Staff Reporter
Brady Distributing is expanding its reach in the Southeast with a new Atlanta office, and announced it will exclusively distribute Valley-Dynamo's products in Georgia and Alabama...

Global VR, Streak Technology Announce Strategic Partnership
Nick Montano
Global VR has entered into a strategic partnership with Streak Technology Inc., which specializes in the design and production of kiosks and coin-op systems...

IALEI And IAAPA Report Progress On Merger Plan
Marcus Webb
The International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions said last week that the two organizations are moving forward with preparations for a potential merger. At present, IAAPA is continuing its due diligence review of IALEI’s documents and financials...

Internal Debate Over IALEI-IAAPA Merger Erupts In Public
Marcus Webb
The proposed merger between the International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions is being questioned by a small but vocal minority of IALEI past-presidents and board members. What’s causing all the controversy?

Kalkomat's Latest Boxer Is Street-Route And FEC Ready
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk
Focusing on the simplicity of "one punch" while rewarding skills other than just strength, Kalkomat's new boxing game brings elements of redemption to the nostalgic game category...

NBA Pinball Turns Playfield Into An Electrifying Court
Nick Montano
New NBA pinball machine is designed for basketball and flipper fans alike. The new game began shipping during this year's NBA playoffs, features players from 20 different professional basketball teams and nimbly adapts one of the world's most popular sports into a coin-op game…

Players Use Real Putter And Balls In Virtual Minigolf Game
Nick Montano
Chicago Gaming Co.'s latest coin-op novelty challenges players to use a real putter and golf balls to test their dexterity on virtual miniature golf courses. According to the manufacturer, Putt! Championship Edition is the first golf videogame to use genuine equipment...

Power House Rolls Out Nationwide Rental Program, Plans To Sell Jukeboxes To Operators Through Distribution
Marcus Webb
Power House Vending is officially launching a digital jukebox rental program on a nationwide basis this spring. The company also plans to market its jukebox products to professional operators at a later date. Power House owners Stephen Bennett and Rick Wolfen go on the record...

Rivals Media, OnSite To Roll Out Place-Based Ad System
Nick Montano
A group of geographically diverse equipment distributors has formed a partnership to market an interactive advertising and promotional product, initially targeting sports bars and taverns. Nine leading U.S. distributors have united under a limited liability company, called Rivals Media, to build a nationwide interactive network, which officially rolled out in late April...

Rudowicz Teams Up With Freedom Smokeless To Build Worldwide Distribution Network For Tobacco-Free Alternative Smoking Items
by Staff Reporter
Mike Rudowicz, former president of the American Amusement Machine Association, has formed Entertainment Connections LLC. He plans to work with carefully selected companies as a coin-op specialist to explore opportunities for new product development, licensing and market analysis...

Schultz To Replace Rudowicz At AAMA
by Staff Reporter
The American Amusement Machine Association has announced a major change in its leadership team. The association will not extend the employment contract of Mike Rudowicz, who held the president's post for almost 10 years, and will replace him with John Schultz...

Thailand's Cyber Cops Turn Up Heat On Megatouch Counterfeiters
by Staff Reporter
Merit completed its first successful action against piracy in Thailand earlier this year. Officers in the Economic and Cyber Crime Division of the Royal Thai Police raided factories in Bangkok and Pattaya and seized alleged Megatouch copies...

TouchTunes Kicks Off Abel Guitar Sweeps, Promotes Chesney's Hits II
by Staff Reporter
A new TouchTunes sweepstakes offers jukebox patrons a chance to win a legendary Paul Reed Smith guitar signed by the members of rock band Saving Abel. The juke company also kicked off a summer-long promotion of Kenny Chesney's latest...

Valley-Dynamo Is Under New Ownership
Nick Montano
The operating assets of Valley-Dynamo LLC, a division of Brunswick Corp., were acquired by a limited partnership controlled by Kelye Stites, owner of Champion Shuffleboard Ltd. Included in the sale are all products in the Valley, Dynamo and Tornado lines...

Victory Acquisition And TouchTunes Merger Is Terminated
Nick Montano
Victory Acquisition Corp. has announced the termination of its planned merger with TouchTunes Corp. Through a special meeting of stockholders that closed on April 24, holders of more than 20% of Victory's common stock voted against the merger and sought conversion...

Bulk Vending
A&A Expands Licensing Agreements For Pro Sports Brands
by Staff Reporter
A&A Global has inked deals to bring official MLB and NBA merchandise to bulk venders. It also has obtained a three-year license renewal for NFL merchandise...

Beaver Machine Debuts Tube Vender, Square Globe
by Staff Reporter
Beaver unveiled the NB Tube Dispenser in prototype form at the recent National Bulk Vendors Association trade show. Also new is a square globe for the company’s smaller RB bulk venders...

CPSC Votes Down Delay In Labeling Requirement
by Staff Reporter
The Consumer Product Safety Commission split on a one-to-one vote to delay enforcement of a section in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 that deals with product tracking. The law is scheduled to go into effect on Aug. 14...

NBVA Launches Fundraising Effort To Fight CPSIA Labeling Requirements; BOSS Cancels Annual Fall Meeting
by Staff Reporter
The National Bulk Vendors Association has begun a fundraising drive to aid a critical lobbying effort aimed at gaining industry exemption from a key component of the controversial Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008...

President Fills CPSC Posts; Agency Will Receive 71% More Funding
by Staff Reporter
President Obama named new leadership to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and asked Congress for $107 million for the agency, increasing its budget by almost three- quarters, just short of his promise of doubling it over fiscal 2007, according to the White House...

Rats Inc. Introduces Mechs And Bases For Gacha Bulk Venders
Nick Montano
Now available from Rats Inc. are coin mechanisms, metal bases and other replacement parts for Tomy's Gacha bulk venders. Components support machines in U.S., Mexico and Canada...

Editorial: Vending
Tim Sanford
We recently received an email from an operator who reported that the bank with which he does business had begun running advertisements with the message that saving can mean something more than buying lunch from the vending machine. He was, naturally enough, annoyed at having his profession treated with contempt... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
The Great Digital Debate
Marcus Webb
Power House Vending recently announced a nationwide rental program featuring privately branded jukeboxes that run on the Ecast network. The principals say their goal is not to undermine the operator, but rather to use the tools available to digital jukeboxes in a new way. Are they right? by Marcus Webb

Coffee Service News
CLARIFICATION: Leo Fante Will Keynote Coffee Summit
by Staff Reporter
Coffee industry veteran Leo Fante will deliver the keynote address at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's upcoming Coffee Service Education Summit. An article in the May issue incorrectly said that Fante had been appointed chairman of the event…

Green Mountain Net Income Climbs 118%; Keurig Makes Walmart Entry
Emily Jed
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. reported that net income increased 118% to $13 million during its second quarter ended March 28 from $6 million a year earlier. Net sales totaled $193.4 million, marking the 11th consecutive quarter of overall growth. The company's Keurig single-cup coffee system and K-Cups will be sold in 3,000 Walmarts...

Guest Columns
Secrets Of A Successful Diversification Strategy
by Frank Seninsky
Despite centuries of folk wisdom that urged "Don't put all your eggs in one basket," one of America's most successful industrialists used to recommend the opposite approach. Andrew Carnegie claimed that diversification was actually a terrible idea. He said the secret of success was to "put all your eggs in one basket -- and watch that basket!" …by Frank Seninsky

Vending Waits On Advance To Application-Based Technology
by Dave Levine
About a year ago I had a conversation with the CEO of Cantaloupe Systems, Mandeep Arora. We were talking about how technology has evolved. He told me something I will never forget -- that we were evolving from a world that revolved around machines to a world that revolves around applications, and the outcome will be a world that revolves around solutions... by Dave Levine

Names in the News
TouchTunes Names Goldstuck, Former BMG President, CEO
Nick Montano

Upfront with the Publisher
History Repeating
Alicia Lavay
The topic of location-owned equipment has surfaced once again, this time in the amusement and music segment, and – again – has aroused concern within the operator community. As we have free enterprise, this issue isn't ever going away... by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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