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Vol. 56, No. 10, October 2016

Vending Features
Alps Innovations Group Unveils Colosseo Vending Machine
Emily Jed
MagexUSA, an Alps Innovations Group company, has introduced the Colosseo vending machine, which boasts a double internal stocking system that accommodates 12 shelves of varying heights...

American Green Ships 'Product-Agnostic' Legal Cannabis Vending Machine
Tim Sanford
The pioneer in the development of vending systems that dispense cannabis products (where they're legal) reports that its latest Green Machine (version 3) is available for purchase...

Aramark To Relocate Global Headquarters To Philly Riverfront
Emily Jed
The contract foodservice giant announced plans to relocate its Philadelphia global headquarters in fall 2018 to a new 600,000-sq.ft. site situated along the Schuylkill River...

Atlantic Coast Exposition Releases Show Schedule And Mobile App
Emily Jed
The Southeast's largest annual vending tradeshow and convention will return to the Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach from Oct. 13 to 15. Atlantic Coast Exposition's complete schedule is now ready...

Canada's Vending Industry Introduces Smart Pick Program
Emily Jed


Canteen Vending To Deploy Cantaloupe Systems' Seed Pro Across All Branches
Cantaloupe Systems Press Release
--press release

Castles Technology Unveils An Unattended Payment Solution For U.S.
Emily Jed


Coca-Cola West And Coca-Cola East Japan Announce Proposed Integration
CCW & CCEJ Press Release
The new Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Inc. (CCBJI) will operate in Tokyo and 37 prefectures including Osaka, Nagoya and Kyoto, serving 110 million consumers and delivering approximately 86% of the volume sold by the Coca-Cola system in Japan [press release]

Coke Consolidated Opens Vending Machine Refurbishing Center In Annapolis
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will open a new chapter in its 93-year history in Annapolis with the imminent opening of its new regional operations center. The center will specialize in refurbishing vending machines and other beverage equipment...

Compass Group's Tom Ondrof Joins Vistar Parent As Executive VP And CFO
Emily Jed


European Vending Association Will Hold General Meeting And EVEX 2016 In Cannes: Nov. 24-25
Tim Sanford
The European Vending Association is putting the finishing touches on its 2016 Annual General Meeting and European Vending Experience (EVEX) convention. EVEX will be held in Cannes, France, in conjunction with the French vending association NAVSA...

EVA Releases European Vending And OCS Market Report
Tim Sanford
European Vending Association has published its latest report on the vending and coffee service market in Europe. Based on full-year 2015 data, the new report involved extensive vending operator interviews...

Get Smart: The Simple Way To Build Intelligence Into Your Vending Machines
by Jose Avalos
[SPONSORED] Are you looking to get more value out of each vending machine? Adding connectivity and intelligence to your existing machines can pay off big time. A new solution, called Brainy, is specifically for retrofits. With fast implementation and sophisticated remote management tools, Brainy can lower your total cost of ownership. Plans are already in the works to deploy Brainy across thousands of vending machines globally... by Jose Avalos

Have You Requested An Absentee Ballot? Coffee, Tea & Water Coincides With Election Day
Nick Montano
United States citizens planning to attend this year's Coffee, Tea & Water conference in Nashville should apply for absentee ballots ASAP, if they haven't already, if they plan on voting in this year's presidential election. Election Day -- Tuesday, Nov. 8 -- falls in the week of the National Automatic Merchandising Association's annual CTW meeting...

John Murn Acquires Assets Of Bankrupt Vending Innovator AVT; Hi-Tech Firm Becomes Accelerated Retail Technologies
Emily Jed
The vending industry entrepreneur, who currently heads RSA Management Group, a cooperative for blind vendors, said he acquired the assets of AVT Inc. in June and opened a new facility in Corona, CA. He has renamed the high-tech vending machine company Accelerated Retail Technologies Inc., which he says is moving full speed ahead at the forefront of vending equipment innovation...

Mars Buys Out Buffett To Take Full Control Of Wrigley And Merge It With Chocolate Business
Emily Jed


Mastercard Says Switch To EMV Chip Cards Has Cut Fraud Costs By 54%
Emily Jed
As the one-year anniversary of the shift to chip approaches in the U.S., Mastercard has unveiled data suggesting the positive impact the technology is having for issuing banks, merchants and consumers...

Mondelez Takes Aim At U.S. Candy Market With Oreo Chocolate Bars After Hershey Rebuff
Emily Jed
Mondelez International Inc. is planning to make a splash in the U.S. chocolate market with Oreo chocolate bars. The news follows Hershey's rejection of its $23 billion offer to acquire the chocolate giant...

Myrtle Beach Dries Out, Sun Shines For 2016 Atlantic Coast Exposition As Hurricane Matthew Dies Out
by Nick Montano and Tim Sanford
"The sun is out in Myrtle Beach, and it's time for our stars to shine too," according to Atlantic Coast Exposition convention director Beth Bowen. The event is set for Oct. 13-15, Thursday-Saturday, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Myrtle Beach, SC...

NAMA Creates List Of Food And Beverage Manufacturers With Front-Of-Pack Calorie Labeling As Dec. 1 Deadline Looms
Emily Jed


NAMA Offers Executive Development Program Scholarship For ELN Members
Emily Jed


Netclearance Vending Mobile Payment System Doubles As Beacon
Tim Sanford


New York Vending Operators And Suppliers Gather For Luckower Golf Tournament, Dinner Meeting
Emily Jed
NYSAVA president John Murn of RSA Management Group and board member Michael Cascione of CC Vending (Bronx) urged meeting-goers to do their parts to get more industry members involved in supporting the association's lobbying efforts...

Organizers Ready China Vending And Office Coffee Service Show For Beijing In November
Tim Sanford
The organizers of the 2016 China International Vending & OCS Showcase are putting the finishing touches on the latest in a series of successful tradeshows that have catalyzed the dramatic growth of the Chinese vending industry. It's set for Nov. 16-18 at the new China International Exhibition Center, Beijing's largest convention venue...

OTI Readies Shipment Of 65,000 Cashless Payment Devices For Vending Machines
Emily Jed


SEVA Confab Blends Business And Pleasure On The Oceanfront
Emily Jed
The Southeastern Vending Association's 11th annual convention brought more than 250 industry professionals together for three days of education, networking and recreation. By all accounts, the event was a success in spite of torrential downpours that pushed events originally planned for the beachfront and poolside indoors...

Texas Industry Leader 'Schott' Little Dies At 106; Founded LC Vending
Nick Montano
Lofton L. (Schott) Little, who founded L.C. Vending Co. in San Antonio, TX, more than 50 years ago, died on Sept. 14. He was 106...

USA Technologies Announces Q4 And FY2016 Results: Total Revenue Jumps 24%
USAT Press Release
--press release

Vending Machines Are Rejecting Australia's Redesigned $5 Banknote
Tim Sanford
Australia's new $5 note has been designed to make counterfeiting even harder, and features braille lettering to help people with impaired sight. But these innovations are reportedly causing vending machines to reject them...

Visa Marks First Anniversary Of EMV Chipcard Rollout In United States
Tim Sanford
With steady progress and growth since Oct. 1, 2015, there are now more than 1.46 million chip-enabled businesses and 363 million chip-enabled Visa cards...

Vistar Mid-Atlantic Open House Turnout Reflects Good-To-Go Focus
Emily Jed
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Micromarkets
365 Retail Markets Launches Cashless Payment System For Vending Machines
Emily Jed


California's Vending Trade Continues Work Toward Fair Micromarket Permits
Emily Jed
Members of the California Automatic Vendors Council have been working with the Riverside and Orange County health departments to streamline the plan check and permit process for micromarkets...

Smart Fridge And Shelf-Stable Meals Show Great Potential In Australia
Emily Jed
Australian vending operator Robbie Allison has devised a new solution to the age-old problem of providing affordable, appealing late-night meals to consumers away from home. He's deploying ShelfX's "vending fridge" merchandised with a new line of shelf-stable, restaurant-quality meals to feed patrons around the clock -- with zero waste. And he's in a position to help other Australian operators follow suit...

Music and Games Features
AAMA's 2016 Gala Hosts Larger Crowd, Honors John Schultz
Nick Montano
The American Amusement Machine Association's annual meeting marked several notable transitions. It was the first meeting to be officiated by AAMA's new executive vice-president, Peter Gustafson. He succeeds John Schultz, who is AAMA's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, an accomplishment that was honored at a dinner ceremony on Sept. 15. And this year's meeting marked the midpoint of Chris Felix's two-year term as the association's president...

AMI Entertainment Sponsors Music Competition At ArtPrize In Grand Rapids; Jukebox Stations Entertain Festivalgoers
Nick Montano
Jukebox legend AMI Entertainment Network has partnered with the Grand Rapids, MI, ArtPrize program to sponsor its 2016 Blue Bridge Music Competition. Now in its eighth year, ArtPrize is a 19-day international art competition and festival held in downtown Grand Rapids, the longtime home to AMI's main office...

Bandai Namco Amusement Europe Introduces Flexible Theming For Amusement Centers
Hank Schlesinger
At one time, just offering the latest games was enough to attract customers to an amusement arcade. Times change, and new games alone may not be enough to attract players. To add pizzazz to amusement centers, Bandai Namco Amusement Europe has created Dynamic Flexible Theming...

Betson Gathers Sales, Marketing And Finance Teams For Two-Day Meeting
Nick Montano


Canada's Cineplex Entertainment Acquires New Jersey's Tricorp Amusements Inc.
Nick Montano
Cineplex Entertainment announced today [Sep. 21] that it is acquiring all issued and outstanding shares of Tricorp Amusements Inc. Upon completion of the transaction, which is expected to close in early October, New Jersey-based Tricorp will become part of Cineplex Starburst Inc., a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of Cineplex Entertainment. ..

Coin-Op's Raw Thrills Makes Splash At TwitchCon 2016
Hank Schlesinger
This year's confab featured a healthy helping of arcade games with Raw Thrills holding the marquee coin-op spot. The videogame company exhibited its MotoGP racer and popular Big Buck HD games...

Explore Or Exploit? Success Involves Balancing Transformation With Adherence To Core Values
by Peter Gustafson
There are two primary traps that keep us from achieving that balance. The first one is the perpetual search trap. The second is the success trap. At the American Amusement Machine Association, we're intentionally working toward achieving the balance between exploration and exploitation... by Peter Gustafson

Face Place Photobooths Invite Citizens To Be Imprinted With The Presidential Candidates
Hank Schlesinger
American citizen now have a chance to become a part of history when they use a Face Place photobooth. Apple Industries has entered the Presidential election fray with a new feature for its Face Place models...

Family Entertainment Group Acquires GameRoom FEC In Florida, Plans Substantial Upgrade
Nick Montano
Itasca, IL-based FEG says it has purchased Florida's GameRoom family entertainment center. The venue had been owned by amusement industry veteran Ron Mogerman, who operated the FEC for more than six years...

Family Entertainment Group Taps Kunde And Kerr As Regional Directors
Nick Montano


GameCo Inc. Debuts World's First Skill-Based Videogame Gambling Machines At Caesars Entertainment Properties In Atlantic City
GameCo Press Release
--press release

International Effort Will Attempt To Halt Illegal Use Of Digital Currencies
Hank Schlesinger
Europol and Interpol have joined with the Basel Institute on Governance to establish a working group to combat the spread of money laundering through digital currencies such as Bitcoin...

Joseph Levitan Dies At 86; Russian Immigrant Founded JVL And CashCode
Nick Montano
Levitan emigrated from Russia to Canada and began his industry career repairing Pac-Man and other arcade games in the early 1980s; thereafter he became an amusement machine operator. With his son Val, he decided to hang up his keys and make his own videogames. They founded JVL Corp. in 1984...

Mitsubishi Introduces CP-D90DW Dye-Sub Printer For Photobooths
Tim Sanford
The CP-D90DW premium printer is designed especially for photobooth integrators and event photographers. According to the manufacturer, the photo printer is robust, compact, easy to use and fast. It reportedly produces high-quality photos, even in humid weather...

Museum Exhibits Rare, Old Coin-Op Machines
Hank Schlesinger
New Jersey's Morris Museum has created an exhibit of classic coin-op machines from the early 20th century. "For Amusement Only: Arcades and Cafés," the exhibit features objects from the museum's own collection and items on loan from private collections. It offers a fresh perspective on the longevity of coin-op as entertainment and its innovative roots...

Pernod Ricard And TouchTunes Launch Responsible-Drinking Campaign
Tim Sanford
Pernod Ricard USA's Absolut Vodka, Malibu and Jameson Irish Whiskey brands are sponsoring what is said to be the first integrated local-transit information program displayed on TouchTunes digital jukeboxes in bars and taverns nationwide...

Raw Thrills Recreates Classic Cruis'n Arcade Videogame With Today's Technology
Nick Montano
New from Raw Thrills is the company's first exclusive release for arcades, Cruis'n Blast. The game celebrates fondly remembered Cruis'n USA, designed and fabricated by Midway Manufacturing under license from Nintendo in 1994..

Secret Service Issues Warning On New ATM Skimmer Technology
Hank Schlesinger


Stern Pinball Marks Two Anniversaries With Batman '66 Flipper Game Launch
Nick Montano
Stern Pinball Inc. is celebrating its 30th year in business and the 50th anniversary of the iconic American TV series with an Anniversary Edition pinball machine themed to the world-famous "Dynamic Duo," Batman and Robin, and titled "Batman 66." Deadline for Super Limited Edition applications is Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)...

Survey: ATM Fees Reach Record High
Hank Schlesinger


Timezone Designates Blume Managing Director And Restructures Board; Malcolm Steinberg Steps Down As Chairman
Nick Montano
Timezone founder Malcolm Steinberg has announced that he will step down as chairman, effective Oct. 3, and will be succeeded in the chairmanship by Adam Steinberg, his son who now serves as executive director. The elder Steinberg will remain on the board as founder and nonexecutive director. Joining the board is Scott Blume, who has been appointed group managing director...

TouchTunes And Sound Leisure To Bring Playdium Smart Jukebox To UK Market
Nick Montano
In-venue entertainment giant TouchTunes has partnered with Sound Leisure to begin marketing its Playdium digital jukebox line in the United Kingdom. The partnership officially kicks off in London on Oct. 12, the opening day of the London Autumn Coin-Op Show...

Bulk Vending
Heston-Donnell Joins Funtastic As Account Executive
by Staff Reporter
A well-known figure in the bulk vending industry, Judi Heston-Donnell has joined Indiana-based Funtastic Novelties Inc. as an account executive. Heston-Donnell is also president of the National Bulk Vendors Association, an elected position she's held since March 2014...

NBVA Offers Some Guidance On FDA Calorie Labeling Requirements For Bulk Vending Machines
Hank Schlesinger


Editorial: Vending
Editorial
The Next Small Thing
Tim Sanford
Those who attended the seminars conducted by industry market research pioneer Brad Bachtelle for the National Automatic Merchandising Association several years ago will recall his discussion of the great advantage possessed by operations that can implement changes quickly and smoothly... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Defining Coin-Op As Amenity, Or Seeking An Amenity For Coin-Op?
Hank Schlesinger
Sometimes it proves productive to think about business in a new way. Scientists call these exercises "thought experiments." Even the toughest of the hardnosed businessmen find value, if only occasionally, in these flights of fancy. With that in mind, let me propose a somewhat unconventional way to look at coin-operated amusement machines... by Hank Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
Farmer Brothers To Acquire China Mist Brands For $10.8 Million
Emily Jed
Farmer Bros. Co., a national coffee roaster, said it has entered into an agreement to acquire China Mist Brands Inc., a maker of iced teas sold in the office coffee (OCS) and food services channels...

ICO Member Nations Warn Of Dangers To Coffee From Volatile Prices
Tim Sanford
The 77 governments that are members of the International Coffee Organization hosted the group's 6th Consultative Forum on Coffee Sector Finance at the organization's London headquarters on Sept. 21...

Internet Office Coffee Authority Details E-Commerce Challenges
Tim Sanford
Discount Coffee's Kirby Newbury says a route sales failure is a Web sales opportunity. Newbury’s company has pioneered the sale of coffee service products and accessories over the Internet...

Mars Drinks Beats Sustainability Goal, Achieving 31% Carbon Footprint Reduction With New Freshpack Design
Mars Drinks Press Release
--press release

NAMA Inaugurates OCS Hall Of Fame At CTW Confab In Nashville; Workforce Strategist Seth Mattison Will Keynote
Nick Montano
The National Automatic Merchandising Association will inaugurate a Coffee Services Hall of Fame at this year's Coffee, Tea & Water conference. Separately, NAMA has announced that workplace trends expert Seth Mattison will deliver this year's CTW keynote address. Both events take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center...

NAMA Recognizes Former Vice-President Dean Gilland As 2016's Coffee Legend
Tim Sanford
Retired National Automatic Merchandising Association executive Dean Gilland is being honored as this year's NAMA Coffee Legend. Gilland was formerly NAMA's vice-president of sales and service, and played a key role in the development of the Coffee, Tea and Water show...

NAMA: Coffee, Tea & Water Discounts End Oct. 2; WIN Run Registration Opens
NAMA Press Release


Sen. Roy Blunt Visits Newco Enterprises' Missouri Facilities
Emily Jed
Karen and Joe Webster and their team of Newco Enterprises Inc. welcomed U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt for a visit to Newco's manufacturing plant and headquarters in St. Charles, MO...

Tetley Introduces Super Teas
Emily Jed
Tetley Super Teas, infused with essential vitamins, provide drinkers with 20% of the recommended daily intake of vitamins including vitamin C, B6 and B7...

Guest Columns
How To Make Sure Your Succession Plan Is Successful
by Irv Blackman
Various lifetime strategies cannot only eliminate all of a business owner's potential estate tax, but can also increase the amount of wealth that his family will receive... by Irv Blackman

Prepare Questions That Guide Your Presentation To A Successful Close
by Len Rashkin
Training your sales team properly to present your equipment, products and overall service is paramount to the success of your company. In this month's column, I'll attempt to describe an exercise that has worked well for me in the past, when I've trained salespeople... by Len Rashkin

Meetings/Events
Maryland DC Vending Association Plans Annual Crabfeast: Oct. 27
Emily Jed


Tri-State Council Heads To Philly For Oct. 5 Meet And Golf; Canteen's Alan Davies Will Be Honored
Emily Jed


Names in the News
Former Chicago Bear Dustin Lyman Is Now Famous Brands CEO
Emily Jed


NCR Corp. Names Mark D. Benjamin President And COO
Hank Schlesinger


Snyder's-Lance Appoints Alexander Pease EVP And CFO
Emily Jed


Micromarkets
Fixturelite Names Janette Carter National Sales Manager
Emily Jed


Upfront with the Publisher
Editorial
Communication Requires Mutual Respect
Alicia Lavay
Observing the heated presidential debates has been entertaining, to say the least, not unlike watching a reality television show. I found myself anticipating each exchange to see who would throw the next stone, what kind of stone it would be and how the opponent would retaliate. ... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
Dunkin' Donuts Pacts With Coca-Cola To Launch RTD Coffee
Emily Jed


High Brew Coffee Expands Distribution With Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Emily Jed


Monster's New Mutant Citrus Soda Takes Aim At Mtn Dew
Nick Montano


Mrs. Freshley's Unveils Salted Caramel Swiss Rolls In Single-Serve Packaging
Tim Sanford


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